Please join me in welcoming Carla Thorne to the blog today to chat about her new YA Fantasy/Supernatural Mystery Warrior Saints series!
Carla Thorne has been writing inspirational fiction and sweet contemporary romance traditionally and independently since 2007. She is a multi-published, award-winning author as well as an editor, cancer survivor, life-long musician, speaker, and writing teacher.
WARRIOR SAINTS – CREATOR
SERIES: Stonehaven Academy Saints #1
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy/Supernatural Mystery
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2020
“Hello. My name is Mary Antonia Hunter, and I picked up the snake.”
Strange days have come to the halls of Stonehaven Academy.
From brutal fights in the supernatural realm with a demon-like presence, to battling obstacles in the halls at school, Mary knows she’s different.
She just doesn’t understand why.
Then it gets even weirder.
As her supernatural battles increase, she is drawn into friendships with others who seem to be as confused about their bizarre abilities and encounters as she is.
Now that Mary, Deacon, Scout, and Ivy have found each other, what is their purpose and why? And who gifted these newly-named Warriors, and how do they manage their powers and maneuver the confusing maze of school, family, romance—and the occasional demonic force?
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Hi Carla! Welcome to the blog!
Carla: Winter. Only because the summers where I currently live are way too hot for me. I might change my mind if I can move farther north.
Carrie: I’m with you!
Carla: I love them both, but right now I have two Maine Coon cats that I call my co-workers and muses.
Carla: Under, of course. What are we, animals? It seems easier to pull and tear it off from under.
Carrie: yes! THANK YOU! lol Finally a voice of reason 😉
Carla: Give me the mountains! I’m originally from the mountains, and I miss the cool nights and the scent of the forest floor in every season.
Carrie: yes please!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Carla: Probably teleportation. When I have a nightmare, it usually involves me not being able to get where I need to be, or that someone can’t get to me fast enough. Teleportation would make my dreams less exciting, but far more efficient.
Carrie: lol i love that reasoning
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Carla: Sometimes it is not totally the book, but the time in your life you read the book that makes the indelible mark. For me, these books are:
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
The Thorn Birds – Coleen McCullough
Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
Carrie: that’s so true!
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Carla: I seem to be most productive in my writing office at home. I need total silence. I know of writers who put on headphones and rock out while they write, but I think because I’m a musician, I can’t do that. If I’m listening to music, I’m singing along or dancing or adding harmonies, so I can’t do it. I have to stare at the cursor and glance out the second story window and wait for the characters to start talking. I don’t do well at write-ins or sitting at a coffee shop. In those places, I want to brainstorm with others or talk plot and structure with authors.
Carrie: I think I would be the same way. I can have music going while I put blog post frameworks together but if I have to write something (like a review) it has to be silent.
Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?
Carla:I have an idea of what is going to happen. I know the beginning, middle, and end and I write toward it. I do know my characters before I start because I have to know what their personalities are and what they want before I can take them on the journey – and usually their backstory. I make more of a list of events rather than an outline, and a lot of times this comes as I write. In my process, I should know while I’m writing one scene, what should probably happen in the next one. If I don’t, I know I’m possibly writing myself into a corner and I need to check myself. Fortunately, I’ve been doing this long enough that it rarely happens. I’ve had great teachers and many years to hone the process.
Carrie: that’s a good point about not wanting to write yourself into a corner – great advice!
Q: What is something that God taught you while you wrote the Warrior Saints books?
Carla: That it’s OK to write outside my comfort zone and not totally rely on a Christian fiction formula to reach readers with a faith-based message. I had the idea for Warrior Saints years ago. Like, many years ago. But if I’d written it back then, it would have heavily relied on scripture, and teens would not have liked it. They require fantasy and alternate universes to keep them entertained. To meet that need, you have to look beyond what is traditional and safe. You have to create worlds where the paradigms are good vs. evil, and then you have to let your characters choose sides. My teens are supernaturally gifted by the Creator to do good and helpful things in their earthly realm. But they also have to battle the Agents of the Destroyer who would see them fail and even die. The biggest compliment I get about the Warrior series is that the books are empowering. Young Adults, and the other large population of readers who read YA (those in their 20s and 30s) should come out of these books feeling like they can win the battle.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Carla: I only thought I was finished with the Warrior Saints trilogy. I believe I’m going to take a couple main characters to college to settle some scores and do some more work for the Creator.
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