Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spotlight Saturday - Carolyn Jewel

On Saturdays I'll spotlight another historical romance author. It might be an excerpt, an interview, or anything else like that.
Today we have Carolyn Jewel, and author I've been reading for some time now, and just had the pleasure of meeting. (A serious fan girl moment. lol)

Okay, first a few questions.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I always wanted to be a writer. At least, I can't recall a time when I didn't. It took me a while to move from "want to be" to "actually writing" though. Since that's not a very interesting answer, I'll say I was 26 when it finally occurred to me that if I wanted to be a writer, perhaps I ought to try to write something.

Someone once gave me a hard time for saying "writers write" because it seems so dang obvious. And it is. But the truth is the people who never make that step between "want to write" and "actually writing" far outnumber the people who do. 

That's so true. It took me some time to get from writing for myself to writing for publication. I think it's one of the most difficult steps for a writer to take. So, when you'd finally chosen to write, how long did it take you to publish your first novel?

Two weeks.

My first publication story is at once atypical and proof that it takes luck and timing. At 26, as noted, I started writing my first novel.  A year later, all I was changing was the punctuation so I figured I must be done. I duly got myself a Writer's Marketplace, made a list of likely agents and editors, ranked it, and decided I could only take two rejections at once. I mailed out two queries.  I am a wee bit dyslexic and, as I learned 6 months later, I reversed two numbers in the address on one of them so it never got there. However, two weeks after I mailed the queries, I came home to a message on my answering machine to the effect that this woman thought she had an offer on my book, would I please call her?

Well. OK! It turned out that someone who wrote for a Romance line at St. Martin's Press had not turned in her novel on time and they had a gap that needed to be filled ASAP. And guess whose query letter hit this agent's desk just as she was given this news? Yup. My book was good (so I like to think) and my query crossed the right person's desk at the right time. My third book, by the way, was substantially harder to sell than books 1 and 2. I didn't have a Sophomore Slump. I had a Junior Jinx. Heh. It was several years before I sold my 3rd book.

Lol. A Junior Jinx, I like that. And what an awesome way to make a first sale! That really is the dream for most aspiring writers. 
Now that we know a bit about you as a writer, let's talk about you as a person. What is your favorite dessert?

Pretty much anything with chocolate.

Ooh, chocolate is my weakness. I'm trying to lose some baby weight from my one year old, and chocolate is always my downfall. My hubby doesn't help. He always brings chocolates, which is probably one of the things that attracted me most to him. What do you find most attractive in a man?

If his name is Arjun Rampal.

OK, seriously. Intelligence.

Ah, two important qualities. And of course, it always helps to be Arjun. lol. Anything else you'd like to share?

My love for Arjun Rampal? It's kind of embarrassing, but there you have it. From Rampal to Bollywood movies. Wow. Talk about writing inspiration.

I know how much you love Arjun Rampal (in fact, readers can visit Carolyn's very own Arjun Rampal fan page.)Thank you for visiting Stockings and Stays, and sharing your love of such a hot hottie with us.

About the Author

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.
  • More About Carolyn Jewel 

    One of my favorites, Lord Ruin, has been re-released as an ebook!

    Digital Vendors

  • The eBook is the same as the original mass market paperback, with new art and, of course, in digital format. Links to various vendors below.
    Carolyn Jewel, February 2011
    ISBN: 978-0-983-38260-7
    The Duke of Sin
    The Duke of Cynssyr didn't believe in love. He planned to marry for beauty. But a night of unforgettable passion left him a changed man -- a man tied to a bespectacled spinster. Anne Sinclair's long legs drove him wild with desire, and her quick wit challenged his mind. Ruined for any oher, the notorious rake had only one choice; to court his wife. To win her condfidence, however, nothing less than his love would do.

    The Old Maid of Bartley Green
    Anne Sinclair had sworn to protect her sister from the infamous Lord Ruin. Yet she never expected to sacrifice her own virtue. Forced to give the rogue her hand in marriage, she vowed never to relinquish her heart. But Ruan worshopped her body and valued her intelligence, making Anne long to succumb to the ultimate temptation: falling for her husband.

    Read Chapter 1 of Lord Ruin


  1. Great interview, Robin! Nice to meet you, Ms. Jewel. Lord Ruin looks so interesting, I think I'm going to have to run out and get a copy! :)

  2. Thanks Olivia! I hope you enjoy it.

  3. I love ALL of Carolyn books !! And she has EXQUISITE taste in men! It is hard to pick my favorite Carolyn Jewel book. It is a tie between Scandal and My Forbidden Desire. BOTH deliciously sexy book and beautifully written!

  4. Excellent interview. I'll have to check these out.

  5. Robin,

    What a good interview. I agree with Olivia about Ruin.

  6. Thank you all for coming by. I'm glad you're as excited as I am about the release. :-D
    And Thank you Carolyn for stopping by Stockings and Stays.

  7. Great interview. I must confess I've not spotted Arjun before but I can see why he's a favorite, Carolyn. It's wonderful that Lord Ruin is out in digital. Yay!

  8. What a great "first sale" story! Congrats on your newest release - lovely cover too!

  9. I love your first sale story! You're third sale sounds not quite as happy but I think we all have to be ready to cope with that sort of thing.
    Good luck with Lord Ruin - I'm off to read chapter one - then who knows...

  10. Ha. Great interview, Robin. Thanks for sharing your story, Jewell.

  11. Thanks for stopping by everyone, and thanks again Carolyn for coming by.

  12. What a terrific first sale story. Sorry about the Junior Jinx that came later. I love the term though, I may have to borrow it.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. You found a man who knows to bring chocolate? Lucky dog, lol.

    Excellent first sale story. We all hope for luck (and great first novels) like that.

  14. Thanks for all the comments! And thank you for the kind comments on my writing for those of you who've read me. I hope those of you who decide to read something of mine enjoy the books!

    My 3rd sale, when it finally happened, was quite happy, it was the part between 2 and 3 that was hard. But, really, it was just me needing to learn about how I write.

    Regarding Arjun Rampal. Oh my. All I can say, is you-all should join the fan club at my site. (heh!) Now that I'm watching Bollywood movies, I'm 1) having loads of fun and 2) learning some really interesting ways of thinking about story and Romance, because I'll tell you, the movies I've seen so far portray Romance in a way that I haven't seen from Hollywood in ages, and that counts for movies that I'd say by and large don't succeed as movies

  15. Great interview! Can't wait to get my copy of Lord Ruin. :)

  16. Wow! Loved hearing your first call story. Sometimes it is all in the timing. :)