Author Q&A with ADDISON CARMICHAEL

Amelia is ready to forget love forever and move forward, until she runs into the hot new ER nightshift resident, Ethan — Crimson Moon (Red Moon Prophecy Book 1) by @addisoncarmich2

Author Q&A

Author: ADDISON CARMICHAEL
Book: CRIMSON MOON (Book #1 – Red Moon Prophecy)

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I am a people-watcher, and many times that makes strangers notice, grab their children, then quickly walk away.  It’s not that I’m some creepazoid stalker.  I just find people fascinating, interesting, and they often spill over into my stories at later times.  I’m a student of human nature.

What are you passionate about these days?

Writing stories that will outlive me.  I try to make sure every book and character and HEA is polished to shine long after I leave this world to inspire and give hope to others for a better love and life for themselves.

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), Twilight (Stephanie Meyers), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon),

Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen), Christine (Stephen King), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare),

Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery), The Witness (Sandra Brown), Dark series (Christine Feehan)

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Traveled to London and visited several castles, pubs, and museums where many of my favorite literary writers frequented.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write an entire series that features vampires, werewolves and mages, but in such a way that you see both the good and bad of them all.  So it was perfect to have a werewolf/mage mother and vampire father (the prequel HUNTER’S MOON) to give birth to three daughters (CRIMSON MOON, WOLF MOON, CRYSTAL MOON) each in a dormant human state, then each decide which love interest and ultimate direction they would go.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

I have partial reigns of the story, at least at first.  Then when my muse takes over and new characters and plot lines and mysteries pop out, I sit back and enjoy the wild ride!

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Typically I’ve been writing mainly shifters, so this was my first opportunity to dig into the vampire and sorcerer worlds, and it’s been thrilling!  I like to take the actual mythology, play on the typical PNR tropes, then develop my own.  Hopefully this lends to a more realistic new world that I can transport my reader to.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I already have two shifter series—SONS OF THE ALPHA and BLACK SKY DRAGONS.  After Red Moon Prophecy, I plan to write and release another 4-book wolf shifter series DAUGHTERS OF THE ALPHA, in the same world as SOA.  Like SONS, they each will be based on fairytale themes with a very interesting wolfy twist!

Why do you feel the RED MOON PROPHECY is a must read series?

If you enjoy the PNR genre, this series gives all the delicious tropes of vampires, shifters and mages.  You’ll get to jeer and cheer and swoon and love every species in their own unique way, and hopefully be as indecisive and grateful which world each heroine should choose to love and land in for their own HEA.

What makes a good story?

There is always the basic story structure every writer MUST adhere to: hero-villain-mentor-problem-conflict/solution-battle-resolution.  If your story doesn’t contain these, it’s just some personal diary entry that no other reader would be interested in.  To make a good story and especially a great one, the writer must take themselves out of the equation and remember who it is they are truly writing for (hint—it isn’t you, dear writer.  You should only be a scribe to the muse in charge.)

Do you see writing as a career?

Writing stories is more of a calling and need, than a career.  Gratefully, I’m able to make my passion into a fulltime career.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

See answer above.  It was a need, not a want or even a decision.

What do you think about the current publishing market?

Indie writers and published books have now officially exceeded the BIG 5 pub houses.  I’m glad, since it has personally allowed me much more control over my content and marketing efforts.  It has also allowed so many more talented authors’ stories to be read that would have otherwise been silenced, since they weren’t personally able to “grab the brass Trad House ring”.

Advice you would give new authors?

Remember this is a lifelong journey, not a “get rich quick” sprint.  Don’t be too impatient with yourself or lack of fast success.  They only person you really have to compete with is yourself.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

To believe there is an actual place to aspire to.  You will never, ever say “there, I’ve finally made it.”  It will never happen.  Sure, you see a few phenoms who write one book that becomes a mega-bestseller, but that’s the exception, not the norm.  Don’t compare your own writing career to theirs.  It’s not an even exchange.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

“Never give up!  Never surrender!” (Buzz Lightyear)

Crimson Moon
Red Moon Prophecy Book 1
by Addison Carmichael
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Do vampires and werewolves really exist? Worse, did Amelia Kellar fall in love with one?After the humiliating breakup with her intern boyfriend, Amelia Kellar is ready to forget love forever and move forward with her life working as a registered nurse at Everett Memorial Hospital in Washington State. That is, until she very literally runs into their unearthly hot new chief resident of the ER nightshift, Ethan Valter.
But as her attraction to this brilliant, compassionate British doctor grows, so does her unwilling suspicion that this mysterious man is hiding something.Something huge. And possibly deadly.Such as a coverup to the murder of a fellow ER nurse and another that took place Halloween night after their work party, both killed in the same gruesome way—bleeding out from a single bite wound found on their necks.Then when another ER staff member is found inside her car in the hospital’s parking garage also dead by exsanguination, she is certain Ethan Valter is somehow connected. Now Amelia Kellar fears that everyone’s backhanded joke of Ethan being a vampire isn’t so far off. Which means she needs to find out whether he really is the ultimate love of her life…or his next deadly meal.* For fans of paranormal romance shifters, werewolves, vampires, wizards, mages, sorcerers.
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ADDISON CARMICHAEL is a Paranormal Romance junkie. Love is a mystical, magical thing to her, and she loves writing and living vicariously through her endless PNR stories. Whether it be alpha male werewolves, fierce dragons, sexy panthers and other shifters, sizzling hot vampires, or illusive sorcerers who will magically make your dreams come true, her imagination is bubbling up several stories after another.As a literature major, Addison also enjoys weaving classic themes into her books, yet keeping the fun and folklore true to each story and character. While paying strict attention to the tropes of each myth, she also finds unique ways to create new ones in order to make each story as fresh, realistic and plausible as possible.
Addison was born and raised in Southern California and has lived and traveled all over the west coast (and the world). She married the man of her dreams and has two awesome sons, two daughters-of-her-heart, and three grandchildren who are the jewels in her personal crown.She now lives happily-ever-after with her family (which includes Mollie, her black lab-border collie) in Snohomish, Washington of the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
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