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.

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Newly Release

Cornerstone Deep: Echoes

Book 2 in the Chronicles of Shilo Manor series

Release Date: February 15th, 2012

Publisher: Class Act Books

 

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VRB Reviews:

Chronicles of Shilo Manor Cornerstone Deep and Cornerstone Deep: Echoes

The Interview:

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.

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15 Responses to “Charlene A. Wilson Interview”
  1. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Good morning,everyone. I wanted to pop in and let you know I’ll be hanging around to answer any questions and chat. I brought donuts and coffee, so help yourselves and relax. For our vampire guests out there, I have a friend who works at a local blood bank and sent along a little something for you.

    Thank you for having me here, Rhonda, and for posting that lovely review.

    My wizards had a question for everyone. What’s your favorite scent? If you could bottle it up and keep it with you, what would it be?

    Charlene

  2. Rhonda Valverde says:

    Good Morning Charlene! *grabs coffee and donut* I’m so glad to have you with us today. Teresa did a great job on the reviews! She’s one of my best.
    Ah, I like the wizards question. I would have to say the smell of a summer thunderstorm! There is nothing like the smell after a lightening strike. The smell of the rain hitting the green grass. Ahh, yes, I want that bottled!

  3. Jody Hill says:

    Hi Charlene! My question for you is two fold – How did you start out with your writing and how long did it take to publish your first book?

  4. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Oooo. Great choice, Rhonda! I agree. I just pictured myself on my deck swing enjoying and evening after one. Yeah, I’ll get Cole on that for you. *wink*

    Teresa is such a doll for taking on both books. Thank you, Teresa! :)

  5. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Hi, Jody.

    It’s nice to meet you. I can’t honestly say what got me started writing. I just remember writing short stories and poems since I was young. Recently, when I decided to take it more seriously, I took workshops, asked all sorts of annoying questions to patient authors and began the bumpy road to publication. Cornerstone Deep isn’t the first book I wrote with the intentions to publish. That would be Aumelan and even though I worked at revising and editing it, it just wasn’t up to par. I got rejection after rejection. I shifted gears and focused on the Chronicles. It took about another year before Cornerstone was accepted at it was released in Nov. 2010. CD Echoes just released in Feb.

    Persistence, accepting constructive criticism, and hard work finally paid off. But it’s a continual learning process.

    Look, I’ve jabbered. *sigh* Lol
    Thanks for asking! :)

  6. Ariel says:

    Good morning, Charlene! *grabs coffee and sour cream donut* Thanks, my fav!
    I love that you quoted yourself–good for you!

    can I answer the wizard question, too? I have 3 smells that appeal to me (and I always love that scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when Hermione tells her three scents):
    Fresh cut grass, fresh cut lumber, horse barns

    Can you tell I’m from Texas? lol

    AS for a question for you–what is your favorite type of scene to write? Do you prefer the action and thrills, or the sexually charged, tension, passion-filled scene?

    Thanks for stopping in today! We love to welcome authors to our site!

  7. Ariel says:

    oh, and I forgot to add that I LOVE your blolg post about the chickee deviled eggs! How stinkin’ cute are those! I think I will do some like that this year :)

  8. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Hi, Ariel.

    I love that scene too. And I agree about the fresh cut grass…kinda a watermellony smell. mmm The fresh cut lumber…so rustic, yeah. But the horse barn? Um. Is it the smell of hay? The alfalfa? Lol. I do love horses. :)
    I’ll put James on conjuring those for you.

    Cole is very romantic and sensual. He drowns in feelings and touch. So I’ll go with the passion-filled scenes. I actually have to work extra hard on the action scenes to make them lay right. In CD Echoes, the show down between him and Lord Dressen took me far too long to write. Vincent wanted to jump in and just blow everything up and call it good. But Cole had to handle things differently. He called the shots. Dressen…well, he was being Dressen and was no help at all. Lol

    Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy the sour cream donuts and have fun with your family and the chickadees on Sunday. :)

  9. Rochelle says:

    Hello there Charlene!
    *takes a nice long pull from a bag of O+*
    Thank you for providing the refreshments!
    Now to business… In your opinion what is the most difficult part of the writing process?

    Second question, do you ever have an issue or get frustrated with putting a scene in writing the way that you imagine it in your mind? If so what do you do to get that scene just right?

  10. R. Mathewson says:

    Enjoyed the interview :) Checked out your site and loved the preview for your books :)

  11. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Hi, Rochelle. I’d have to say making sure I stay out of the story. Lol. I write in third person and sometimes my mind won’t shift those sentences to out of narrative. Wording them gets tricky as I try to make it all flow.

    I do get frustrated sometimes when the scene doesn’t go way I planned. And sometimes, I just have to adapt it to the way the characters respond. I may have planned something that went against their personality. And I would much rather stay in their character than keep things the way I think their lives should run. I’d have to change it anyway before it’s all over anyway. Can’t have them reacting out of character. :)

    Thanks for the questions! :)

  12. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Hi, R. Mathewson. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the previews. :)

  13. J.D. Brown says:

    Hi Charlene,

    I’m just dropping in to support my favorite paranormal romance author and fan. :)

    Thanks so much for mentioning me twice in your interview. You’re such a sweetheart. If I was stranded on an island, I’d bring The Chronicles of Shilo Manor with me. How would I survive without the Shilo men? lol. Seriously great books, elegant writing style, deep shocking plot twists, and dreamy characters. Love it. I can’t wait for your Aumelan series to go live. :)

    J.D.

  14. Teresa says:

    *grabs a donut and plops down* I just wanted to drop in and say hi and let you know how much I enjoyed your books! I think Cole is my favorite too! :)

  15. Charlene A. Wilson says:

    Wow, thanks, JD! *blushes big time* Of course I would mention DH with questions like that. Lol. It’s the only vampire novel that kept me awake reading until it was done! All 95k words of it!

    Oh, Teresa, thank you so much for that wonderful review. I’m thrilled you enjoyed them. :) Cole’s shuffling his feet and I think that was a blush and grin on his face when he glanced away. *wink*

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