A Peek Into Your Life- Louann Carroll

A peek into your life, is a segment spotlighting authors, specialists, and friends who brave my countless questions day in and day out. It's the best way I can share with you all, the many people who taught me the bizarre things I know, who satisfy my thirst for knowledge and adventure, and who keep me motivated.

Louann Carroll has a very exciting site; Welcome! To Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Now I met Louann during a blog hop hosted by her awesome publishing house Crescent Moon Press. I fell in love with every book on the tour and  Gemini Rising was the first one I read. I'm tackling Piper's Fury next!! Thanks Crescent Moon Press for the great blog fest and the awesome book I won!!! Not to mention finding all these kick-a authors. aha.

Wow. Sci-fi with characters who could be my best friends. My heart is still pounding. The story feels so real. What if the planet shifted and aliens came to help in the crossing? Don't imagine it, read about it!! And then! (Excuse me while I fan myself off...) The romance between Kate and the sexy Noah was enough to start up global warming in a New Ice Age. I did not see the end coming and was shocked to the core of my soul. Well done.

This feels like the start of a great series, are there more books with these characters or this end-of the world idea in the works?
Gemini Rising, Olam Ha'Yetzirah, is the second book in the Gemini series. The Olam Yetzirah is the 'home of the angels' where Kate and Noah flee after the birth of Lucia. I am halfway through and have had lots of fun writing this one. The third Gemini is about Noah and Lucia's adventures after Kate and Noah disappear, eventually resulting in unification.
Sumerian chronicles describe a war in the heavens between the beings of Light and the beings of Darkness. Kate and Ryan Kelly are beings of Light. Rathor, Noah's nemesis, is a being of Darkness. This ongoing fight will conclude in the second book, Gemini Rising, The Olam Yetsirah (Place of Angels.)   
Gemini Rising feels so real, it could actually happen, what inspired it?
Several years ago, Gemini Rising came to me in a dream after reading Zecharia Sitchin's theories on the planet Nibiru and Sumerian writings. I also wanted to explore what it would be like to survive a pole shift. Those two elements combined into an intense nightmare which became the novel Gemini Rising.

What is the next project you're working on?
I just received A Shadow of Time back from my editor for revisions. Shadow is a paranormal romance tying in multiple dimensions and a little bit of time travel.

Consumed by a childhood filled with terror and pain, Kellyn O’Brien strives to create the perfect family.Then, disaster strikes. Her husband is dead. Three weeks later, she discovers her son is heir to Shadow Ley, a nineteenth century estate located in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Still reeling from Michael's death, Kellyn moves to Shadow Ley. Soon after her arrival, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: broken drinking glasses repair themselves, stair rails that were once old are now new, and suddenly the estate of Shadow Ley is not what it seems. Frightened for herself, her son, and her unborn child, she seeks to understand.
She turns to the local historian and hears the tale of Shenahobet, the angry jin, keeper of the portal to time. Soon after, the dreams begin with windows into past lives, hints of multidimensionality, and the promise of life beyond death.
Legends abound and so Shadow Ley, the home Kellyn had hoped would bring peace to herself and her children, becomes mired first in doubt, then in terror, and finally in love eternal.

Who keeps you motivated to write or what inspires you to continue?
I love to write. I have ghost written adoption books, produced radio talk shows, and have had children's books published that were written mainly for my children. Each book is a parable, hopefully teaching a little morality in a difficult world.In my paranormal romances I've found an outlet to ponder the reality of life which brings me great pleasure.

And... now it's time for us to peek into your life.
I have three children and seven grandchildren. I was C.E.O., of Healthguard in Fremont, CA for many years before semi-retiring to the California foothills. I collect rocks, fossils, and Native American artifacts. I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth called Lake Wildwood. A herd of deer live in my backyard and come early spring the turkeys are out for show, strutting their colors and gobbling like crazy. It isn't unusual to see a fox or coyote walk through the backyard and of course, there are my dogs, Chelsea and Gus, who share my life along with my husband, Dennis.

On a more personal note, I am grateful for my life. It has been interesting, at times deeply sad, and always motivating.

So what will we find you doing in your spare time?
With a fishing pole over one shoulder and my tackle box, I'll head down to the lake with my grand kids to fish for croppie and bass. If the weather is hot enough, I'll be in the boat acting as flag person for the skiers in the family. Or swimming. I adore swimming.

If I'm not there, I'm down at the Yuba river collecting rocks or panning for gold. Then there's that deck swing that calls to me to bring a book and settle down for a good read.
That is a kick-a cover, no? Wow. Love it.
Thank you for letting me share a bit of my life and the reasons I write. For more information about upcoming novels please visit www.louanncarrollbooks.weebly.com.

Ah man. A peek is never enough is it? Thanks Louann, can't wait to read more of your work!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool cover!

E. Arroyo said...

Oh...sounds awesome. I gotta go check it out. Thanks for the great interview!

Richard said...

Interesting interview. I'm not into paranormal romance, but this one sounds different and possibly one I'd find interesting.

Pk Hrezo said...

This sounds like a great story! THanks for introducing it to us!

And Tanya, Richard reminded me I haven't been over here in awhile. Shame on me!
You do have a lovely blog and it's always a pleasure to visit! And I can relate ...My name is PK and I'm a writing addict ... lol

Deniz Bevan said...

Great spotlight! It's always exciting to meet new authors. Mm, fishing by the lake... I wish I was doing that right now!

Tanya Reimer said...

Alex, I know eh? I fell in love with it too. CMP does have fab covers.

E. Arroyo, yeah, knowing you, this is one you'll enjoy! I gobble it up in two sittings! shh.

Yeah, Richard, it's more a sci-fi, with an end of the world theme. Who wouldn't love that? Deep characters, action, and love. ah.

Haha! PK you always make me chuckle. Thanks for the visit.

Glad you enjoyed it Deniz, Louann is a great find!

Anonymous said...

Another great interview, Tanya has a knack! Nice to meet you Louann, and good luck with all those books!

erica and christy said...

Sorry, Tanya - I haven't been here in too long!! But lucky timing and Louann's name drew me in - Louann, I believe you're an ABNAer, right?? I remember this story from there. Good luck with the sequel!

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Thanks for introducing us to another cool author! :D

J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting interview. Haven't read a lot of Sci-Fi in my time, but I'm checking out some paranormal stuff. Sounds like LouAnn lives in a heavenly spot.

Autumn Shelley said...

Congratulations...and GREAT cover! And Louann: if you've been reading Sitchin, then I'm already a fan!

Lydia K said...

I just love that title, and the story sounds great!

The Golden Eagle said...

Great interview!

It sounds like an intriguing book.

I've never heard of a book based on a pole shift before--even though Earth is technically overdue for one. It would definitely mess things up.

Margo Berendsen said...

A pole shift - wow! That does sound like an intriguing premise. So how is that writing binge going? Send a little my way, eh? (grin)

Alison Miller said...

Very cool cover and intriguing story! Great post!