Charlene A. Wilson Interview
April 5th, 2012
Charlene A. Wilson
Charlene is the author of the Chronicles of Shilo Manor series. Currently there are two book in the series, Cornerstone Deep and Cornerstone Deep: Echoes.
Cornerstone Deep: Echoes
Book 2 in the Chronicles of Shilo Manor series
Release Date: February 15th, 2012
Publisher: Class Act Books
Hi Charlene! Welcome to VampireRomanceBooks! Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for the readers at VRB.
Hi, Rhonda. It’s great to be here!
Can you tell us a little about a day in the life of Charlene A. Wilson? Anything exciting going on right now?
Being the mother of teenage daughters, there always seems to be something exciting going on. Lol. Their archery team made nationals, so Kentucky, here we come.
But with my parallel course, my writing, I’m excited to say the second book in my Chronicles of Shilo Manor series, Cornerstone Deep Echoes, was released last month. It’s always a thrill to see a manuscript you’ve worked so hard with make it to publication.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote poems and short stories back in my youth. Family and friends labeled me a writer then. But, to seek publication and have the world see my work? It took many years before that came to me. Lol.
If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you would be doing now?
Um…jabbering? Lol! I probably wouldn’t shut up with the stories and conversations that whirl in my head. I’d drive everyone around me crazy. I do paint and draw with graphite, but that just doesn’t satisfy the need to get the stories out. My characters are busy sorts running around up there.
I really enjoyed the Chronicles of Shilo Manor. Can you tell our readers a little about this series?
Oh, certainly. The books in Chronicles of Shilo Manor are taken from the records kept by the Shilo family as they serve as Sentinels in the Arched Spectrum of Realms. The series begins in a cornerstone realm, though they are native to the ancient gifted dimension, Meridian, that sits at the meridian cap.
We begin in Cornerstone Deep because of the dramatic event that took place there. None of the Shilo brothers, Cole, James, and Vincent, will be the same due to it…and neither will the spectrum.
Having been born of Meridian, they possess abilities that are much more advanced than the younger realms. It’s the oldest plane, the one the two sides of the arch branched from, and the people have achieved talents such telepathy, element manipulation, and have progressed to the point of dealing with the gods. They also have life spans far beyond the inhabitants they serve among. They love among the other realms during their long assignments and the cruel fact is reinforced when they lose their loves to death.
All this time, they never believed reincarnation existed on Cornerstone Deep. After all, their father never found their mother after she died there—a common act when a soul mate passes. So when Cole lost Mianna, the only woman to ever speak to his soul, he never recovered from the grief.
As his outlook of life turned bitter, his position as head of the Sentinel family dimmed. The covenants made with the Gods of that realm became shadowed, and though dressed in “good intentions,” the duties they performed for the lords of Cornerstone Deep grew dark.
This peaked when Lord Dressen announced the passing of a new law—one that introduced Cole to Anna. When he cast a spell to bend her will into service to the nobleman, something impossible happened. In a world of silent souls, hers spoke to him. He answered its call with a kiss, one that when joined with the spell, bound her soul from progression.
When Cole discovers who she really is, the knowledge catapults a series of events that will change the entire Arched Spectrum of Realms.
You can find more information at my series site, ShiloManor.com. There’s a beautiful fan art of the Arched Spectrum posted there, too.
How did you come up with the idea for the storyline?
Wow. Can I admit this? The whole series fanned from a single dream. Chapter three of book one, Cornerstone Deep, holds the core of the dream and several scenes throughout are taken from it as well.
The Shilo brothers have such distinct differences in their personalities. Which brother is your favorite, and why?
Well, Vincent is so full of life and fire (he does let his temper get the better of him), and James tends to hold things together with his level head and calm demeanor. I swear if it wasn’t for him, the manor would have been destroyed centuries ago as much as Vince and Cole get to each other. Cole is grumpy, moody, and makes so many mistakes, but he’s a total romantic. He’s led by his heart and when he discovers what he did, he’s determined to undo his wrong to save his soul mate…to the point of taking on the Grand Marshal’s, breaking ancient covenants and angering the Gods. I have to go with Cole.
Do you have any rituals before you write?
Cell phone to the left, a tall glass of slushy ice water to the right, a can of Monster on stand-by, and WordWeb at the ready. *big grin*
Who are the authors that inspire you?
There are several. Authors that love the call to write and take pride in their works to labor over them until they’re the best they can be…even if it takes a while.
When you aren’t busy writing your own characters, what authors do you like to read?
J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy and has a way of pulling you in and setting you right into her characters’ lives. I absolutely love her Dark Heirloom series. Sharon Hamilton writes Erotic Paranormal Romance. She has an elegant style that I adore reading. I love her Angels series.
If you were on a deserted island, what is the one book you would have to have with you?
And I can’t bring my own? Oh, man. Well, then it will just have to be Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown.
What was your reaction the first time you saw one of your novels in print?
Very honestly, it was shock. I looked at the box with all the covers staring up at me and actually just stared back. Lol.
As an indie author you have certain freedoms with your work which is certainly a benefit. What do you feel are some of the negative aspect of being an indie author?
Probably the biggest for me is the promotion. Large traditional publishers have more at their disposal and if they believe in your work, they help get it out there. I’m naturally on the shy side when it comes to pushing my own work. And learning everything involved is a huge undertaking. It’s getting easier, but I would love to have someone to help with all of that. Lol.
Do you use social media to promote your work, and if so, how?
There are so many out there. Yes, I use it. The trick is finding what works best for you. I concentrate on a few, though I am connected with several. I work with Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and LinkedIn on a regular basis. If I were to go into the “how” of it all, we’d be here for a month. Lol. But, I will say, don’t treat all social media the same. Each has its own benefits and a different way of helping with what you want to accomplish.
If you had one piece of advice to give to other indie authors, what would it be?
There’s a quote that I love to share, and I believe it whole-heartedly:
“Believe in the magic that’s in you, its potential, what it can achieve. But most of all, believe in yourself and create a world where dreams become reality.”—Charlene A. Wilson
What are readers going to see next from Charlene A. Wilson?
There will be more of the Chronicles. Book three, Cornerstone Deep Destiny, is next in line there.
I have three books written and one outlined in my Aumelan series: Aumelan, World Beneath the Rock, The Waters of Tiger Rod, and Kingdom, Rise. All full length novels and itching for attention. Aumelan is in revision right now.
Thanks again for stopping by VRB to answer our questions. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Oh, yes! Thank you all for your great response to the Chronicles of Shilo Manor. Your letters, fan art, and wishes mean the world! It’s one thing to have my worlds and characters out for everyone to read. It’s an amazing other thing to have you love them as much as I do.
Thank you so much for letting me visit with you to today. It’s been a treat.