Interview With Author Caroline Jaquish
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a dark fantasy author who writes for those who truly embrace the darkness within. I grew up in Pennsylvania with 'my head in the clouds' and I don't regret it. I've been writing for as long as I can remember. My first four books were almost completed as several pages hidden around my room to keep my family from finding them, and then I compiled them together as an adult and published them after almost a decade. I now have six books available with the seventh dropping in December 2022. I have an ongoing caffeine addiction, and three magnificent dogs with nerdy names. Home is wherever the military sends my husband, but my heart is in Asylum, the world I created, where I spend most of my days dreaming up stories for my readers.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Through the Eyes of a Dragon.
A great deal of my inspiration come from my younger self. Through the Eyes of a Dragon deals with some trauma recovery that took me a long time to embrace myself.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I hit a roadblock, I walk in circles and blast music until the scene comes together to the tunes. Around 90% of my individual scenes in my books have a score in my head already based on whichever song solidified the picture in my mind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Neil Gaiman and G.R.R.M. A Song of Ice and Fire is probably my favorite series to date, though I also love the Ranger's Apprentice by John Flannagan
What are you working on now?
Currently, the seventh book in my To Be Nameless series, Through the Eyes of a Necromancer. I will have a cover release on Halloween and the book will be published in December.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Honestly, I'm not sure. The promotional side of indie publishing is definitely not my strong suite. I would much rather write thousands upon thousands of words a day than write a single ad. I probably have most of my reads from other authors and a few readers on Facebook pages I'm a part of.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Create your brand! Don't let what people may think of you get in the way. Don't shy away from the unpopular, and always write from your heart. Everything else will catch up eventually.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Everything has already been done, so what matters is how you, specifically, do it.
What are you reading now?
I'm currently reading a wide variety of other indie books, as well as working my way through A Court of Thorns and Roses. I've heard good things, but I haven't hit whatever part is supposed to keep me up reading at night yet. Hoping it gets better.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Every four books in my series change who the main character is: the first four a girl named Eclipse, the second four a girl named Astrid. I'm really excited to have a male main character in the books following Astrid's tale.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
War and Peace, because it would take a while for me to get through it, a collection of Shakespeare and Gaiman, and then probably A Song of Ice and Fire combined into one book if at all possible.
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