What’s so special about today? It feels like another plain Friday, but it’s not. Someone’s celebrating their birthday, people are buying new homes, starting new jobs, publishing their first book. Someone out there is having the best day of their life!
June 10th is a great day to read, to write, and to learn about another great, talented author. Today I’m introducing Caryn McGill, my new friend!
Caryn McGill has immersed herself in a lifelong study of religion, astrology, reincarnation, and past-life regressions. This otherworldly journey coupled with her decades spent teaching science has produced her debut novel, The Wives of Lucifer. Born on New York’s Long Island, Caryn McGill resided on its bucolic East End until a recent move to Richmond, Virginia, where she’s currently finishing her second novel.
Let’s get to know more about her!
The WIVES OF LUCIFER is published by The Wild Rose Press.
Olivia loves her new immortal life, her friends and especially Drew; she never thought she’d fall in love on the other side of death. But when Olivia learns she bears the mark of Lucifer and has powers that tie her to the Underworld, she worries that perhaps she’s done terrible things in her past lives and dark secrets are being kept from her. And those damn wives, what do they want from her? Olivia endures unspeakable tragedy in The Wives of Lucifer and when she discovers what fate has in store for her…she suddenly understands that being immortal doesn’t guarantee you’ll live forever.
Caryn, what inspired you to write your first book? I had a curiosity about death at an early age after my little brother died. My imagination has always toyed with what happens after we die. I finally had to write it.
How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for eight years. I never intended to be a writer but I unexpectedly found myself possessed by this character. It felt like I channeled her. I know…weird.
Are you an outliner or pantser? I’m definitely a pantser. I write scenes without much regard for the overall plot. I eventually put them in order and weave in details and background to make the story flow.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? I usually finish a first draft in about three months. I then rewrite for six to eight months before I’ll let anyone read it.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I first considered myself a writer when I went to a pitch conference in New York City and editors/agents were interested in my manuscript. Until that point I thought I was chasing an unrealistic fantasy.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? I don’t really suffer from writer’s block I suffer from “editing block”. Writing the story is fun, but editing can be torture. I find putting the story away for a few weeks helps. When it starts to niggle at me again, like an old friend I miss, I get excited about rewriting.
What are your hobbies aside from writing? I’m a glass fusion artist. I make plates and other decorative wares for the home.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before? I’d love to visit Alaska. I love the cold weather and find the flora and fauna of the northern latitudes fascinating. I incorporated this biome in my debut novel by making hell a frigid tundra.
You were just given an Island. What would you name it? And who would live there with you? I’d name it Peace Island. Only pacifists would be allowed. No intolerance would be tolerated! (I know, kind of an oxymoron.)
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten. I went to a Chinese New Year celebration once. We had jellyfish and sea urchin. Not a fan of either…
If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? One of my antagonists, Ravana. Although she’s scary, she cracks me up with her wit and sarcasm. I’d love to take her to a party.
Do you have any advice for other writers? My motto is “Never Stop Dreaming”, because if you dream it, it can come true. I never thought I’d sell a book to a traditional publisher.
Thank you so much for talking and answering all my questions. I can’t wait to read your book!!
If anyone else has a suggestion for an interview, please let me know!