Interview June 18, 2012
by Cole Riann @ The Armchair Reader
I have been so excited about this day,
ever since I started the blog last month. Carole Cummings is one
of my very favorite authors, and such a sweet, funny, amazing
lady that I just want everyone to read her books (…and I have
told just about everyone — ask any of my book friends and
they’ll tell you!). It is such an honor to have her on the blog
today and with such a long-awaited release. Incendiary
out today at Dreamspinner Press, for
those of you following the series. For those of you who don’t
know of Carole, or haven’t read the series, I really hope you’ll
consider picking up either series she’s written, Aisling or
Wolf’s-own. And now that both series are released in their
entirety, you don’t have to worry about cliffhangers!
I first came across
Carole’s books when I was reviewing for Jessewave. I got the
publisher email for new releases and needed to pick another book
for review. At that time, I hadn’t yet even heard of Prizm,
Torquere Press’ Young Adult imprint. But the blurb sounded
fascinating and though I used to read tons of YA books, I’d yet
to read a gay YA book. I was still a bit unsure though, and
committing for a review is a bit more difficult, you can’t just
quit reading if you don’t like it (well, you can, but I don’t
like to). So for the first time I actually read a book excerpt.
That little bit, the first part of the first chapter of
Aisling: Guardian where Dallin interrogates Wil sucked me
in. I loved that book. I mean LOVED. I pimped it out to all my
friends. I had a blast reviewing it and I just couldn’t wait for
I almost feel proud
to see how far Carole has come. This is her seventh release and
her writing has only gotten better over time, in my opinion. And
while we’re at it… I think that Carole holds to an online
standard that I really respect. I never see her online, hovering
over readers for review. I’ve never heard rumors of her being
difficult to work with. In fact, I’ve spoken to her quite often
over the past year and a half and I think she’s one of the
sweetest, most wonderful people I know.
So, without me going
on and on even more, I’ll get to the interview. The giveaway
information will be at the end of the post, for all of you who
want to win a book or two!
First, a note about this interview: When I sent Carole
these questions I was halfway through reading Koan, the
third book in the series. I think that worked, in the end,
because it’s near the place most readers are before the release
of Incendiary. Some of my responses, however, are
colored by my knowledge of the end of the series (after some of
Carole’s cryptic responses ;), so keep that in mind and I’ll
make sure not to get spoilerish. My questions and
comments are in bold.
Q: Hi Carole! First,
thanks so much for being here at TAR today to celebrate the
I always have so much fun reading your books so I’m
really excited that you’ve stopped by today.
A: Thanks, Cole, I’m
excited too. And a little nervous. I’ll try to keep the shaking
(and the word count) to a minimum.
Q: How does it feel to
have released your 7th book now and completed your second
series? Is it surreal that the private worlds you’ve created are
available to everyone else?
A: ‘Surreal’ is probably
a very good word for it. I’m a social person by nature, but not
a public person, if that makes any sense. And I’m very
protective of those I love, and my characters are people I love.
So it’s a little disconcerting to see them ‘out in the world’
amongst strangers and having to fend for themselves. But I guess
they’re doing okay so far, for the most part.
Q: Can you explain for
everyone a bit about the Wolf’s-own series?
A: Well, take one part
Evanescence, mix with an equal dose of Seether and sprinkle with
a touch of Adele. Throw in some Rammstein, a dash of Godsmack
and a pinch of Mazzy Star. Shake well then… back away slowly.
Okay, it’s not all
that bad. No, really, I swear!
Wolf’s-own is a high
fantasy series set in a world where the gods are aloof and yet
watchful, where their agents act for them to keep a Balance,
though that balance might not necessarily have anything to do
with good or bad or right or wrong or fair or unfair. Caught up
in the struggle for Balance is Fen Jacin-rei, an Untouchable
afflicted with insanity not his own, and Kamen Malick—an agent
of the god Wolf—who can give Fen silence. Fen’s people have been
imprisoned for more than a century, since they lost a war over
magic, and now his people are steadily being Disappeared and
bled for the magic that runs through their veins. There’s
manipulation (a ton of it), assassins and whorehouses and family
and loss and prophecy in annoying riddle form and magic and lots
of sharp stuff flying around.
But at its heart, the
story is about Fen and Malick, and how they change and grow and
eventually become two people who can be who they are and still
be good for one another.
Q: I like the
Adele parts, just sayin!
When the idea for
this series first came to you, what was it that made you really
want to write it? What was the impetus for the story?
A: I would like to say
it was because I wanted to portray a character with the serious
mental and emotional issues Fen has in a realistic way, and
though that did become the point for Koan and
Incendiary, it’s not how it started out. It started with a
combination of a documentary on the moon and some nonfiction
pieces I happened upon about the Untouchables of Asian and
Indian cultures. Whatever goes on in the back of my brain when
I’m not looking went to work for a while, and then Fen popped
out of the ether with his physical image already imprinted on
the backs of my eyelids and his backstory (all of it, including
what’s revealed in book four) complete. And then Malick was
standing there in the alley, watching Fen swirl down from the
roof and thinking ‘I want that’, and I thought, oh Malick, you
have no idea what you’re getting into there, you cocky bastard.
I didn’t realize
until halfway through Weregild that Fen’s problems really
couldn’t just be solved with the abrupt removal of their causes,
because I hadn’t understood the extent of the damage those
causes left. And I knew they were much more deeply rooted than
the first two books could describe. I’ll refrain from actual
diagnoses, because I don’t want anyone to think I’m playing fast
and loose with real problems suffered by real people. But as a
result of his life up until that point, Fen has several very
real disorders that in our world would have landed him in a
mental facility on a cocktail of medications and years of
therapy; in his world, that’s not an option. And people don’t
just get over what Fen went through and grow sanity out of
psychosis. So from the point that I realized what lay underneath
the surface issues, my motivation became allowing him to come to
a place where he was capable of finding his own balance—one that
would work for him, and not what anyone around him might
think should work for him—and finally finding the will
and the courage to make his own choices.
Q: I think that it would
be easier for readers that are familiar with your work to draw
similarities between Aisling and Wolf’s-own, but
what do you think are the things that set them apart?
A: Ha! I could write a
dissertation, but I’ll just stick to a few points. I can
certainly see similarities in that they both deal with gods and
magic and people caught up in events greater than they
themselves at first seem. In all honesty, that’s where I see the
similarities end. The worlds are different, the plots are
different, the motivations are different and the circumstances
I think the main
differences are in the characters, though. I mean, technically,
I could probably have plopped Fen and Mal into the Aisling
world and given them the same sets of circumstances that Wil and
Dallin had, and still have ended up with a completely different
story. Though Wil doubted his sanity sometimes, he had a lot
more of it at his disposal than Fen did. Wil knew from a very
young age that he was being abused and used, where Fen had no
idea until he was well and truly neck-deep into the machinations
of the gods and the man he loved desperately. That kind of
betrayal alters a personality, and considering that he was
dealing all the while with crazy voices screaming in his head,
the alterations are not good ones. Wil was an old soul from the
start and his eyes were wide open about what people wanted from
him; Fen had been very sheltered, had deliberate, manufactured
illusions pounded into his not-quite-reasonable head and heart
during his most formative years, and was very deep into rage and
denial when his story began. Wil could be ruthless when he
needed to be, but Fen’s default was ruthless and he didn’t
always know when he should turn that off. Wil had a deep concern
for the greater good, whereas I’m not sure Fen cared that there
was one. On a superficial level, I think Wil is just a nicer
person than Fen.
I’m not sure I have
to go into the differences between Malick and Dallin, but I will
say that I could see myself having a nice, interesting
discussion over a quiet dinner with Dallin on first meeting,
whereas I think a first impression of Mal would be Cocky
Charming Guy in a nightclub that you don’t really want to
go home with, but you think, eh maybe just once, he’s
probably really good at it.
Q: a’hem, yeah.
I just adore Samin. Now, I love Jacin and Malick just as I loved
Wil and Dallin (Aisling), but do you have a character
other than those that is really special to you?
A: Aw, I have a giant
soft spot for Samin, too. He turned out to be a reader favorite,
and I think maybe that’s because he’s the archetypical Witness;
he’s really the only one in the entirety of the series from whom
you’ll actually get the truth. The other characters all have
their own truths, colored by their perceptions and experiences
and motivations. Samin sees things as they are and reports them
accordingly. If his POV says one thing and another character’s
POV says another, believe Samin.
It’s hard to pick
just one. In Aisling, I always wanted to pinch Hunter’s
cheeks and pat his head. And I would have loved to get inside
Thorne’s head at least once. Locke was probably close to my top
pick for that series, though, just because she was kind of cool
and smart and honorable and seemed really settled in herself. In
Wolf’s-own, I also tend to lean toward the crowd favorite
of Samin, and Xari’s really interesting, too, and man, I
absolutely adored Yori, but I think I have to go with Morin.
It’s like he’s an amalgam of all the best things in his brothers
and without all their issues mixed in with it. Squish Jacin and
Joori into one entity, sift out all the problematic stuff, and
you have Morin. I’d like to think I’ll one day go back and
continue the story with his journey, but that was a difficult
place for me to be in, so I’m a little gun-shy of that world
Q: Take some
time, then come back to it. ;) I agree
though. I will always love Samin, but when I finished
Incendiary, I had a whole new appreciation of
Morin. I wouldn’t say I liked Xari, but I also think that she’s
one of the more fascinating characters, especially since she
often gets the shit end of the stick, even though it is
sometimes of her own making.
I think it is sort of
universally recognized that psychological pain is much more
damaging than physical pain. Your “bad guys” for a lack of a
better term are usually much crueler in that they’re ultimate
manipulators. Is the reason for that the creation of the “tragic
hero”, or is it simply the end result of too much power coupled
with unchecked ego? Or are the two even mutually exclusive?
A: In truth, I think
everyone’s a manipulator in some fashion and to some degree.
Some of it’s out of benevolence, some of it’s out of malice, and
some of it’s just the mundane sort of petty manipulation that
lets one get through the day without confrontation.
I’m not sure I can claim a motivation for
writing them that way other than the fact that the sort of
person who is on the other side of what we would call ‘good’
fascinates me. I was just talking about this with
Kaje Harper the other day and I
mentioned that I think that fascination began when I first read
Beowulf, and then read Grendel. You have the exact
same characters, the exact same sets of circumstances, and yet
the stories are poles apart. Everyone is the hero of their own
story, everyone can justify their actions, even the bad guys,
and from the bad guys’ perspective, they’re the ones who are in
the right—they’re the tragic heroes of their stories. Every
sociopathic serial killer has the ‘right’ to take the lives of
people who only exist to be the background buzz in their own
life, every crooked banker is only ‘taking what they deserve’,
and every convict in prison is ‘innocent’. And yeah, there’s
probably some motivation on my part to see those guys forced to
understand that they were wrong, and lacking that, at least get
what’s coming to them. Unfortunately for my heroes, it appears
the ‘tragic’ part comes along with that. *pets them*
Q: In this series in
particular, there are some very interesting dynamics between the
gods and their people. They’re removed, yet instrumental.
They’re almost un-godlike at times in that their motivations and
sometimes baser actions show them to be more like humanity. What
particular reason or influence do you have for writing the gods
A: Hrm… I’m trying to
think of an answer for that one that won’t totally give away
some things in Incendiary. Let’s just say that there is
a quote by Voltaire that goes ‘If God did not exist, it would be
necessary to invent Him’, which is generally taken out of
context and its original intent somewhat skewed, but in this
particular case, it’s meant in the literal sense.
Q: Now that has
a whole new meaning to me after finishing Incendiary… especially
if you consider the gods as we know them, and the reflections
that casts upon the worshipful. And then in relation to modern
theology, but I’ll leave that for now because that’s a whole
serious question: Why the hell do you torture your characters so
Did you set
out to create a tragic hero? If so, why? Or what other
motivations were there?
A: Heh. Um, sorry about
that. If it helps, they torture me just as much. The story arc
in Koan would have been a lot shorter, and I would’ve
been a lot happier, if Fen had just listened to me and stayed
away from that damned alley.
I don’t intentionally
make life miserable for my heroes, but I do think that wisdom,
growth and strength come most effectively through adversity. And
it’s always important to me that when I leave a character at the
end of his story, he’s in a better, stronger place than he was
when I found him.
It’s funny, because I
know I have a different idea of what strength is than some
people. I don’t think you need to be muscle-bound and carry an
uzi to be strong, and I don’t think that accepting help or
acknowledging a need or a want makes you weak. In fact, I think
that a lot of the time, not admitting you need help is
more of a weakness. So for me, Wil came into his own, and his
strength was the most obvious to me, when he admitted that he
was absolutely terrified, that he needed help, when he allowed
himself to love and when he recognized that sometimes love means
you might have to step back and be unselfish and open your hand,
even if you’re half-expecting someone to lop it off. Fen’s real
strength (at least as I see it) comes late, but there’s a scene
at the end of Incendiary where he makes two separate
statements that let me know that he will finally be all right.
That’s the point for
me—breaking down the barriers in a person that stand between
what he might see as strength and what really is. Fen fought and
took out supernatural beings, but his fundamental strength
eventually came through in different, quieter ways—that’s when
he became a real hero to me. Bronwe athan Harthad—Endurance
Beyond Hope. A protagonist can win through and kill the bad guy,
but if that’s all there is to him, he’s not much of a hero. I’m
not writing Bruce Willis movies and I have no interest in
writing characters with the depth of an action figure. I care
about what’s going on inside and how it’s going to change and
blossom into a personality that can move on from the worst thing
that’s ever happened to him. The events and the final battle are
just the beginning in those cases—it’s the aftermath and what
the protagonists do with it that makes them heroes to me.
Q: I was
actually thinking along similar lines when I was writing up my
review. I couldn’t help but think that in all the books I’ve
read, I don’t know if I’ve ever really come across a character
that rivaled the will and endurance of Frodo.
Okay, now for a bit about your
When did you start
writing, and why?
A: I started writing as
soon as I could write. It’s just something I’ve always
done. And I don’t have a really good answer as to why. It’s just
how my head works. Stories create themselves in there. I
sometimes find myself narrating everyday life in story form. I
walk down the road and see a playing card sitting in the gutter,
and by the time I get home, a story about how it got there and
who dropped it has swirled to life. Characters natter at each
other and demand I pay attention. It’s just how I am.
Q: What made you decide
A: I kind of didn’t.
Money was tight and I was looking for tax deductions. I read
that I could write off my expenses if I could prove I was
submitting my writing for possible publication. So I sent out a
giant manuscript I knew no one would want. Because, you know—giant
manuscript. I honestly didn't think the publisher would even
read it; I thought they'd take a look at the size and throw it
right in the 'no thanks' pile. Everyone wants formula, right?
And in 60K words or less. No one wants character development as
the main point in a story; no one wants plots you have to pay
attention to or a romance that develops at a believable pace or
action that consists of plot revelations and character growth,
rather than explosions and space battles. Except someone did and
offered me a contract to back it up. After the initial panic—and
after my husband let me out of the headlock—I signed the
Q: Do you have any tips
for prospective authors?
A: Well, it depends on
whether you mean ‘author’ or ‘writer’. To me, they’re two very
different things. And I’ve always sworn I’d never give writing
advice—unless you count ‘do what works for you’ as
advice—because everyone’s process is unique and what works for
one will likely not work for another, and may even hinder
But as far as advice to a new author, as
in someone who wants to publish…? God, I’m still flailing, so
I’m hardly qualified. Find yourself a
PD Singer, who has been my role model
in what I should be doing. And I do try, but I’ll never be as
adept at it as she is. I have to retreat and regroup too often.
(And when I say ‘find yourself a PD Singer’, I mean find your
own. This one’s mine and you can’t have her.) All I can say is
that the work is the most important part of it all, and don’t
let it slide to take care of the things everyone else tells you
you’re supposed to care about. Blogging is fun and promotion
doesn’t hurt, but if you’re neglecting the writing to do it,
what’s that worth in the end? You’ll have nothing to blog about
or promote. As Malick would say: There is no right or
wrong—there’s balance. So find your balance and go for it.
Q: Everything I’ve read
that you’ve written has been incredibly involved on many
different levels. How do you keep track of your ideas and plots,
especially in the beginning of a story? Are you an outliner and
a plotter, or do you write off the cuff?
A: I don’t know how it
works either, but it’s all seat-of-the-pants and the characters
direct everything. I have very little say in any of it and my
Muse looks like Death, complete with cowl and scythe. I abhor
outlines and any plot I might start out with inevitably changes
as the characters take effect on the world and commandeer the
story. I don’t really have any choice in keeping track. At any
given time, I’ve got about three or four little teleplays
rolling around in my head, and each time I switch my attention
to one in particular, it will show me what it’s been up to while
I’ve been paying attention to other things. I just take
Q: Did you do any
specific research for writing Wolf’s-own?
A: Only enough so that I
could be careful not to actually co-opt a culture. I wanted it
to have an Asian flavor, but I didn’t want to abuse an entire
culture while I was at it. So I read into religions and myths
and traditions, and then made up my own that didn’t copy any of
them but at the same time (hopefully) didn’t clash.
For the character
development, I have a background in psychology and theology, so
writing about twisty heads and freaky beliefs just sort of comes
with the territory.
Q: Hmm, doesn’t
that just make complete sense? ;)
Do you think you
could ever write something that isn’t epic fantasy?
A: Sure. I’ve done it.
Unfortunately, I lost most of it in a computer crash about… five
or six years ago? Maybe longer, I can’t remember. But I lost a
ton of stuff. I only still managed to have Aisling
because I’d sent it to a friend the year before and she still
had it on her hard drive. (I’ve learned my lesson on backing
things up.) But fantasy, paranormal, even horror—that’s just
where my head goes when I’m not using it for more practical
Q: I’m crying
right now for those lost stories — I just want you to know.
Do you think you
could ever partner and write with another author?
A: Absolutely. I have
very little ego when it comes to a good story, and if working
with another author—or even handing a story idea over to someone
who I think could do it better—can make a story better, I’m
there. What matters to me when I reach THE END is whether or not
it’s something I would like to read, not who wrote it.
Q: What are some of your
influences, fantasy and other genres?
A: Tolkien, because he
showed me what a real hero is, and if you think Sam was the real
hero, you shouldn’t be reading my stuff. Madeleine L’Engle,
because she showed me that it wouldn’t even occur to a smart
girl to pretend she’s stupid. Mary Stewart, because she showed
me a completely different Merlin than I had imagined might have
been; she showed me a Mordred who was just as tragically heroic
as his father and bolstered my fascination with the flip side of
the coin. Mary Renault, just because no one does it like she
did, but it’s nice to know someone once existed who could.
Stephen King, because he remembers vividly what it was like to
be a kid, too, and showed me characters who are interesting
because they fail. John Irving, because he understands that
‘action’ and ‘event’ don’t have to mean ‘car chase’ and ‘enemy
invasion’ but can mean ‘revelation’ and ‘growth’.
Q: Are you working on
anything now for the future? Do you have anything for us to look
A: There’s a fluffy
little fantasy/mystery that I did because it made me laugh, and
after Wolf’s-own, I really needed a laugh. There’s also
something that ran me over like a freight train just this week
and that’s looking rather steampunkish and not quite as much
fun. There’s one about a mage and a military leader, and up
until the maybe-steampunk thing walloped me the other day, I
thought I’d have that done by the end of the summer. But now,
maybe not. I’ve got a bunch of shorts I’d like to eventually
polish and post, or at least do something with them, but
Death-the-Muse is a bossy, persnickety bitch. But anything that
looks like it might turn into a series will be smothered in its
sleep, because they’re goddamned exhausting. (Fuck you,
Q: I’d love to
see you write steampunk! Though the mage and military leader
hits my hot buttons for sure.
In the end, do you
think that putting yourself out there and publishing your work
is worth it?
A: Ha. Depends on which
day you catch me. Some days it is and some days it’s kind of
bizarre. Writing is the point for me, and ‘putting it out there’
is not a part of that process but a sometimes stressful (though
in a lot of ways rewarding) corollary. I know I’ll be writing
until I can’t anymore, but that’s really all I can predict with
Q: Thank you so much,
Carole, for stopping by and answering my many questions. Also
thank you so much for giving away some books from the series!
I’ve loved having you here and as always, I really look forward
to where your writing career will go in the future. :)
A: You’re the best,
Cole. Thank you so much for having me, and thank you for letting
me natter at you. It was really fun and I appreciate it. xoxo
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Great Interview Cole!
I want to read this series so bad and would love to be entered
in the giveaway!
Hey DM ;D It’s a
really great series!
I’ve been trying to
decide whether to read Koan or not….now i HAVE to read it.
Please count me in
I will Yeah,
now there’s nothing holding you back and you can read straight
through. I think there’ll be a lot more people reading Koan now
too cause I know lots of people waited.
Great interview guys.
This really hit me “You have the exact same characters, the
exact same sets of circumstances, and yet the stories are poles
apart.” Being rather low-brow and never having read Beowolf
(LOL), I saw that in Wicked when I read it. After all, we all
knew the Wicked Witch of the West was just pure evil and hated
Dorothy. It was clear right? Oh wait, she put up with a lot of
crap that got her to that point and was what she was doing evil?
Was the wizard all so benevolent? I have to admit it was the
first time I’d ever had my perceptions tipped on their ear and I
I’ve not read any of
these yet but seems Cole is determined to convert us all. (Oh,
I also love someone else who just writes and lets the plot go
where it will. I tried an outline, just did not work. Who know
what they’ll do 100 pages later?)
Yeah, that is a
really good point. I admit that I’ve wanted to read Grendel for
a long time now, as a companion piece to Beowulf, but then, I
was never really fond of Beowulf in the first place, though I
generally like reading sagas. I really want to read Wicked
Yeah, I want everyone
to read them, but then I know you aren’t too big of a fantasy
fan. Still, I actually think that the first books of each series
are ones of the best, even though I think some readers prefer
when the books where they get more answers. But I think Carole’s
writing really shines in the beginning when she’s manipulating
the information to the reader.
That was a wonderful
interview and gave me great insights into an author who is
totally unknown to me. I love having new series to read so this
would be a wonderful way to start. Please enter me into the
Thanks melanie! I
hope you enjoy the series!
Great interview, Cole
After the third book,
I absolutely ADORE Morin. Death The Muse never stops amusing me
and that long-ago computer crash breaks my heart every time. I
shudder thinking that Aisling could have been lost to us as
well. All those future stories look yummy and whichever you end
up finishing, Carole, I am looking forward to reading it.
I like that little
bit about how/why you started publishing (headlock included XD).
Stephen King, because he remembers vividly what it was like
to be a kid, too, and showed me characters who are interesting
because they fail. YES. I see Roland all over this. ^^
I love what Carole
said about Samin and Morin because it makes complete sense.
Plus, these books are half insanity and half manipulation and
it’s nice to find those characters that are the rocks among the
Ah, and poor Joori.
No matter how frustrating he became it’s hard to not feel sorry
Mazzy Star reference
FTW! This sounds like an amazing series…love those KOAN and
INCENDIARY covers, ohh.
I know, I love these
covers. Anne Cain is brilliant!
Thank you for this
wonderful interview, I love your epic fantasy books and hope we
will see some more in the future. Is the fourth book the last
one or do you plan to write a sequel?
I’ll let Carole field
that one when she gets here (she mentioned having some internet
problems), but I’m pretty sure this is definitely the end of
this particular series. Hopefully she’ll go back to the world
for some of the other characters later down the line, though
This was a good
in-depth and interesting interview. I’ve never read any of these
books but have been considering them, since I know they’re very
good. Your posting helped clarify many things about the series
I think that the way
she wrote here is pretty evocative of her work and how much care
she takes with her characters. That’s what is the real draw for
me to her books because a lot of people can write a high fantasy
world. They’re definitely good
I haven’t read any of
these. Please count me in for the giveaway
I haven’t read any of
these, either! But, as Tam notes, Cole is trying to convert us
Well, I just think
that you all should take a chance you know? I mean, I obviously
know what is best for you!
This is AWESOME!
Great interview. I have the first three in this series, but
haven’t read them yet. I was waiting on this one so I wouldn’t
have to deal with cliffy & his hangers. Put me in for this one,
Oh man, you’re going
to do what I did aren’t you? I read all four in a row, even
though a couple were re-reads. Still, it’s a pretty intense
adventure that way! It is nice to not have to wait though Thanks
Sounds like I’ll need
to buy the earlier titles if I win this. Oh well there goes the
budget (again), but I would really like to win this as a great
Hey Graeme, if you
win you can actually choose any of them. Since the offer is
coming from Carole, she offered that if anyone hadn’t read the
series they could request the first two books or similarly, the
second two if they’ read the first two. Since the books go
together 1 & 2, 3 & 4
I know what you mean
about that budget though!
Dang, I wish I had
copies for everyone. Good luck to all and thanks for the
interest and support.
a perfect example. And in my opinion, the wizard was kind of a
douche from either side of the story.
Roland! I saw so many people lamenting about the final book and
where his story ended, but all I could think was how
exceptionally perfect it was. Heartbreaking and somewhat
horrifying, but just bloody perfect.
@Trix–Mazzy Star just
doesn’t get enough love. Ever.
@Hope–Thank you! I’m
so pleased you enjoy them. I just got the warm-fuzzies. Book
four is the last in the series. As with Aisling, there is
room to grow and add, because the story is never over, you know?
Unless everyone dies and the world blows up, a story doesn’t
end, but merely the chapters I’m compelled to tell do. I
generally end at a beginning, because that’s how life works. But
I’m definitely done telling this story for now and have no plans
to pick it up in the future. I actually kid of wish I could get
another author to pick it up and run with it, because I’d like
to see Morin’s story–I just don’t want to write it!
@Cole–Next time you
listen to ‘One and Only’, think Mal and Fen in that last alley
scene. Especially when you get to the bridge. *dies* And I want
to tell you who I think of when I hear ‘Set Fire to the Rain’
but it’s too spoilery for public. Does H/R mean anything to you? *hugs*
Listening now, OMG
One and Only is perfect! Man, now this makes the visual
stronger, you know? That really was when I think I let all my
breath out — I felt like I’d been holding it in for days, lol.
Man that bridge is genius, Adele is so brilliant.
Okay, you’re being
too cryptic for me, I’m just going to email you, lol.
Nope, I got it! As
soon as I turned the song on again and listened I knew
immediately what it meant, then H/R made sense. Perfect
accompaniment. Poor H.
*grin* They do fit
amazingly well, don’t they? I knew you’d get it. *hugs you*
You know, this
reminds me of something I forgot to mention before. More than
any other character, the one I wondered about the most when the
book ended was Goyo.
Heh. I wouldn’t be
able to say for sure unless I actually wrote it, but I think
Goyo is going to happily be a persistent burr under Malick’s
saddle for as long as he possibly can. I don’t think there was
anything more than friendship between he and H, because I don’t
think R would’ve stood for it. But I bet Goyo wanted there to
be. I also think that if Snake ever told Goyo he needed to get
rid of the Incendiary, Goyo would switch gods in a heartbeat.
And wouldn’t Malick be annoyed if Wolf took him? *snort*
I’m not sure Fen
would be open to a renewed friendship, though. That would be
interesting to find out. On one hand it would probably be too
much of an ‘in your face’ reminder. On the other, it would annoy
Malick, and I bet when Fen lets himself have a sense of humor,
it’s pretty evil.
I really need to find
another author who’ll write a book five for me. Sigh.
I’m glad you said
that because that last POV we get from Goyo, looking into Fen’s
eyes, I figured that if it came down to Snake’s orders he’d look
for another god as well. Until then I wasn’t quite so sure. But
you did a good job with him because I fully expected to not like
him, and he ended up being someone I really liked.
I’m actually a bit
curious because I felt like Fen just might slowly start to open
up to that part of his life. I’m trying to be circumspect. I
think he would always hold tightly to “himself” but I could see
him opening up a bit.. well, unless his hand is forced, then
he’d clamp it down again
LOL I suspect Malick
will be frustrated for the rest of his life!
You know, now that
you’ve got me thinking about it, I think any possible avoidance
of Goyo would be out of discomfort, and maybe even a wish not to
hurt him. Fen’s got to know how Goyo felt about H.
I really do see Fen
being somewhat Zen after this. I think his attitude at the very
end is how he is, he just had too many other things crowding
‘him’ out before. You might be right–he might open up some–but I
don’t ever see him as being anything other than quiet by nature,
and to those who don’t know him, probably aloof.
There’s a cut scene
where Morin’s chiding Jacin, and he says, “You need to watch the
glares. Not everyone understands that you’re socially hopeless
with a retarded sense of emotional expression. People who don’t
actually know you might think you’re just an asshole.” To which
Jacin just stares for a minute and then asks, “Did you just call
me retarded?” And then walks away and smirks when Morin cracks
up. That’s how I see him in the aftermath and I don’t think it’s
a new thing–I think it’s how he was and now he’s found his way
Man, I love Morin. I
almost never use my highlighting function on my kindle, but I
was marking up Morin’s dialogue like crazy just because he’s so
This really does
sound so good! I have the first two but have yet to read. The
covers however are enough for me to buy. lol…
Thanks so much for
the contest! please count me in! )
You got it! And I
know, if I hadn’t know of Carole’s work before I would have
bought them anyway too, those covers are gorgeous!
I haven’t read any of
Carole’s work before so it would be awesome to win and srart off
this way. Thank you, Mi
You’re counted in,
Oh you know what you
described about a plot and character development, slow paced
romance is what I always search in m/m books, so glad you
decided to send the manuscript in!
Can we look forward to some new books this year?
Thank you, Lana. I’m
not sure about this year. I’ve had seven releases in the last
eighteen months, and it was a little exhausting. Right now I’m
just concentrating on the writing, because all of the publishing
stuff does actually get in the way of it sometimes. I may have
some things ready to submit by the end of the year, but I doubt
I’ll have anything coming out by then. But thank you for asking.
Count me in please, I
love this series! The covers alone are very nice, indeed and
then the lovelly writting.
You got it
I came to you from
Chris at Stumbling over Chaos and Carole Cummings website. I
used to read your reviews at Reviews for Jessewave, too (in
fact, am I correct in remembering you did the review for Aisling
over there? That was what started me reading Ms. Cummings work
from the start). Anyway, congrats on your new venture! And
please count me in!
Hey Pea! You got it Yeah
I did review Aisling there, that’s when I fell in love with
Carole’s writing too
Great interview! I
LOVED Ghost (I know, I’m a little behind) and am so glad the
rest of the series lives up to the first book Can’t
wait to read them!
LOL that’s okay, you
can go ahead and read them all now without worrying about delays Ghost
was actually one of my favorites of the series, but then that’s
because I prefer Carole’s writing in the beginning — I just
think that she’s so crafty at slowly spinning a story. I hope
you like the others too!
Hah! I loved the
questions. A really fun interview. Please count me in for the
Stumbling Over Chaos :: Linkity languishes in the dark
As I already have all
of Carole’s books, please don’t include me in the giveaway, but
I did want to say ‘thank you’ for such a great interview! I
think Wolf’s-own will be in my top 10 reads for the year. Ghost
hooked me from the beginning (and made me cry – a lot!), and
that was it – I needed the rest of the series. Of course, the
gorgeous covers look great on my favorites shelf too. And now I
know I can look forward to a fluffy fantasy/mystery, a steampunk
novel and something with a mage and a military leader!
Hey Sue! I know, I
feel the same way about them. I just bought the three Aisling
books in paperback and I’m going to buy copies of Wolf’s-own
next. It will be SO nice to have them available to hold in my
hands and read over and over. I love the tangibility of
paperbacks and now that I don’t buy them much anymore, it makes
it special when I do
That’s an excellent
idea! And I know exactly what you mean, although I am also
buying the ebook versions (where I can) of my favorite
paperbacks, as some of them are getting rather fragile…
Awesome interview. I do not have any in
the series so if I win I will be getting them to read them in
You bet You’re
entered Yvette, good luck!
Cole, Carole Cummings is a new Author to me as in her Series,
Wolf’s Own, but you have definitely convined me that I am really
missing out on not only a Fantastic Author, but a Great Series.
I would very much like the opportunity for a chance at this very
generous giveaway to read the start of this Series. Thank You.
Take Care & Stay
PaParanormalFan Renee’ S.
paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com
You made it in just
in time! Good luck
I’ve been so behind
on visiting my favorite Blogs & keeping up with email because my
darn computer is still being fickle & only wants to work
occassionally, it like it has a mind of it own. Maybe I should
whisper sweet nothings to it. LOL I’m glad I made it in on time,
either way, this LQQks like a a really Series, thanks for
bringing it to Us.
Thanks for sharing with us! I’ve seen the books before, and
loved the covers, but after this I am really interested! Thanks
for the chance to win.
Thanks Ashley! I hope
you like the series
Hey, Carole! I just
found this, and now I’m crying fat tears wanting to spend days
doing nothing but catching up on Wolf’s Own. **big smishy hugs**
You’ve kept me sane too.
I’m late to the
party, but wonderful interview Carole. I’m a huge fan of both
your series, and am reading Koan now. It’s nice to get a peek
inside your writing methods.
Loved your reviews,
Oh, Koan. That book
mostly broke my heart. Thanks Eden, enjoy the rest often