Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! I’m Carrie Pulkinen, and I’m a paranormal romance author. I’ve always been fascinated with things that go bump in the night. After all, I grew up next door to a cemetery, where the dead–and the undead–are hard to ignore. I currently have two novels out, and I have three more completed ones that are waiting to be released.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent release is titled The Rest of Forever. It’s about a guardian angel who would rather die than fall in love with a human. But he’s forced to come to terms with his tragic past when he learns his Charge is more than she seems.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I get up at 5am every day–voluntarily–and write until the rest of my family wakes up. And if I don’t shut down my brain by 7pm, I’ll be awake all night plotting in my head.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Heather Graham, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Nora Roberts.
What are you working on now?
I’m editing an as-of-yet untitled paranormal romance about ghosts and psychics in New Orleans.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m new at promoting, so I haven’t gotten it all figured out yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Learn as much as you can from other authors, and keep honing your craft. There is always room for improvement. And don’t stop writing!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
A first draft doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be done. First drafts are like shoveling sand into a sandbox, so you can build castles later.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon
What’s next for you as a writer?
I wrote a werewolf paranormal that I’d like to make into a series. So after I finish editing my ghost story, I’m going to work on Book Two of the Crescent City Wolfpack series.
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?
I think I’d take the Dean Koontz Odd Thomas series. I loved those books so much, I could read them again and again.