We Asked and Carrie Answered
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
If I could be anyone from my book, it would be Harlow Jones. I mean, she can make her hair move and do things with it like throw knives or take off a guy’s shirt. Totally badass.
Q2: What is the setting for your story (e.g., city, small town, foreign country)?
My setting is in Seattle, in a supernatural Pawn Shop. Seattle is the perfect setting: you can just imagine a Fae immigrating from the Fae Realm, getting on a boat, and arriving at Pawn Shop on the wharf to pawn magical heirlooms before beginning their new life.
Q3: If there’s one thing you want the reader to take away from your story, what would it be?
If there’s one thing I’d like people to take away from my book, it’s that while we may not be able to control circumstances of our birth, we can make choices to determine our path into the future and help others. And, of course, that love is a powerful engine of change.
Q4: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’ve always written but allowed the naysayers to have a room in my brain-house most of my life. I got a BA in History rather than literature. I came back to writing full-time after I finally quit a particularly repellent job as an Administrative Assistant. I came out determined to do whatever it took to be a writer and that was 6 years ago.
I’m starting an MFA this month in Genre Literature with a graduate diploma in Marketing and a teaching certificate. I’m a professional freelance content writer now. I write every day, and I love it.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
- Coffee, tea, or other? Actually, excuse me, I need another.
- Music preference? Classic Rock. I’m wearing a Metallica t-shirt as I type this.
- Favorite movie? “The Quick and the Dead” with Sharon Stone. I could write pages on why that movie kicks ass and how it inspires my characterization exercises.
- Dog, cat, or other? Dog. She’s a black lab currently snoring and farting on my couch in my study.
- Favorite author? This is a tough one! Well, one of the authors I’ve loved over the past year or so is Joely Sue Burkhart’s Shara Isador series. She writes these amazing reverse harem fantasy romances that are centered on a woman’s power. It’s a really cool take on vampires and it’s steeped in historical details. Plus, I enjoy watching an author grow in their craft, something that is evident in Joely’s work. She works hard!
Just Because We’re Curious, We Also Asked
Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book because I was watching a show called “Pawn Stars” one day and said to myself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a supernatural pawn shop to pawn magical items?” The idea took over my brain, I dove into research about pawn shops and I wrote the first book of “The Regal Fae Pawn and Loan Series.” I also had the old tv show, “Friday the 13th: The Series” in mind.
The next book in the series (that I’m currently working on) is about Lillith, Harlow’s best friend. She’s a Banshee who pawned her voice to save the people she loved, and it backfired spectacularly. It takes place in London. Fun fact: it takes at least 6 sprites to drive a London Hackney cab.
Fun fact about my writing: I get some of my best book ideas playing
“what if” on road trips with my husband and kids. He even got a cell signal extender for our truck so I can do research on the fly. The next two series I’m currently planning, (one of which will be my thesis for my MFA) came out of a road trip we took with our girls to camp on the Oregon coast.
About the Book
“Honestly, I don’t know what I have to complain about. I already have a steady beer budget, a best friend, and some kick-ass boots. That’s all a girl needs in life!
Well, except the respect of her peers. And a place an orphaned Half-Fae can permanently call home, like my mentor’s shop, The Regal Fae Pawn and Loan. Or a clue about who I am and why I’m here, or why I was given up.
Okay, there are some outstanding claim tickets in my life, I guess you could say.
But I seriously don’t see how a cobalt blue-eyed Borderlands Captain named Alaric Sinclair, who literally smashes into my Shop seeking a murdering dragon-gold smuggler is supposed to help my situation. But then the arrogant jackasses of the Pawn Council dangle an enticing gem —help Captain Sinclair catch the smuggler while dodging assassins, and they’ll give me The Regal . It seems simple, even if I can’t stop thinking about how naked Captain Sinclair is under his clothes.
But some of those claim tickets are still outstanding and might end up melting me like a piece of rotten goblin steel.
One thing I know for sure: Cobalt blue, when ingested or inhaled, is toxic.”
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This guy’s arrogance was astounding.
“Thanks,” Harlow bit out from behind clenched teeth, “who’s the man you’re waiting for?”
“Jones, I believe.” Alaric said carelessly, counting out coins. “You should know him, he’s a metallurgist at the Regal. Maybe you could point him out to me.” Lill’s snort sounded in her mind, and her grip on Harlow’s arm loosened.
“What do you need from this Jones?” Harlow marveled at her own self-control despite her mounting anger. Might as well give this asshole all the rope to hang himself with.
What a shitty day this had turned into.
Laying money on the bar, Alaric faced Harlow and judging by the widening of his eyes, finally clocked the expression on her face. “You know him?” Placing his wallet back in his pocket he leaned into Harlow, getting into her space. She was hit once again by his cedar and leather scent but fought down her warm reaction.
“Better than I know anyone,” Harlow said, continuing to play along. “What do you need?”
Alaric shook his head but ran fever warm fingers from her wrist to her elbow, causing the tiny hairs on the back of her neck to stand at attention.
Ah. A man who used seduction to get information. Figured. Harlow braced herself against the tug of her attraction to him.
“I’d rather discuss it with him,” Alaric murmured. “Have you worked with him before? Does he work well with others?”
“Sure, when the ‘others’ aren’t arrogant assholes who give out unsolicited advice about things they know nothing about.”
Lill snorted again and shook her head.
Alaric straightened. “You’re Jones?”
Harlow’s smile was brittle. She stuck out her hand.
“Harlow Jones, Journeyman Metallurgist and ward of Malcolm Baxter.”
Alaric reached to grab her hand, but Harlow yanked it out of reach. Petty, but she couldn’t care less. “Whatever proposition you have for me; you can shove it up your ass. Sideways.”
About the Author
Carrie spent her childhood reading the books of Mercedes Lackey, David Eddings, Mary Stewart, and of course, Tolkien. She discovered a trove of Harlequin romances during a summer in a rental cottage when she was 13 and never looked back. Romance and enchanted adventures have been intertwined for her ever since.
Carrie loves writing about strong, passionate, mystical women who fight for those they adore just as hard as they fight for what’s right. Her characters always have a snappy comeback ready to go for villain and hero alike.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls in a magical forest that has pizza delivery and perfect dirty martinis. Carrie has an extensive boot collection that she’s continuously reclaiming from her daughter. When she’s not reading or writing fiction, Carrie writes marketing content and white papers for tech companies, harnessing the power and draw of a good story.
It’s been my pleasure hosting Carrie for this week’s edition of Friday Friends.