Two interviews in one day? That’s right! I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour promoting Caroline’s YA / NA books, Peace in Flames and Summer of Peace. I was introduced to her writing style early this year when I read Peace in Flames (and loved it) and then again recently when JoJo was redeemed in Summer of Peace. I cannot gush enough about this series! So let’s give Caroline a warm Ginger Mom welcome and get this interview started 🙂
Caroline, thank you so much for joining us today 🙂 We are so excited to chat with you about your new books!
Q1 – If you had to pick FIVE authors who have inspired or influenced your writing, who would you pick?
Stephenie Meyer, because Twilight fueled the fire in me to start reading again.
J.K. Rowling, because she created such an amazing world and pop culture empire.
Richelle Mead, because that woman can write characters with chemistry! (She’s my #1 auto-buy author.)
Rachel Walter, because she’s basically my soul sister and has become the #1 person I run to when I’m stuck or need inspiration / ideas for a book.
I’m going to be cheesy here – my mom, who writes under the name Nancy Pirri. She published her first book in 2003, but has always been a writer. I probably wouldn’t have such a passion for reading and writing without her influence.
I love everything about your influences and that is amazing that your mom is also a published author! What an incredible thing to share with someone so close 🙂
Q2 – When did you start writing?
I’ve always been writing. As a kid in elementary school we published our own books. I remember one from Kindergarten, I was very proud of being able to draw stars. And then in 1st Grade I wrote one called “I Need Yucky Glasses” – because I was just told I needed glasses. Then in middle school, when the Internet was suddenly a thing, I got involved in a certain boy band fandom and began writing Fanfiction. I hope there are no traces of that left on the Internet! *cringe*
Q3 – Because my favorite characters changed between the books, I have to ask – who is YOUR favorite character in the Peace series?
I love all of my characters, even the baddies, but JoJo was the most fun to write. She comes across as a little shallow and frivolous, but like me she tends to ease serious moments with humor. It’s a shield of sorts. I think she has the most character growth, as well. I’m already toying with an idea for a full length book of hers, but first I have to write my next series.
Q4 – Most authors are also avid readers so, what’s your favorite book?
The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.
I absolutely loved the Vampire Academy so I will have to agree with you on your choice of author 🙂
Q5 – Can you tell us a little bit about your next writing project?
It’s a super-secret YA Contemporary Romance I’ll be publishing with Fire & Ice YA Books. The “code name” is SIGA. I won’t tell you what it stands for, but I will tell you that the meet-cute occurs in the lobby of an urgent care, and it’s about a boy who isn’t very good at anything and a girl who has shut everyone out of her life after being diagnosed with a lifelong illness. Somehow he wiggles his way into her heart. There’s also an ode to the 80’s teen classic ‘Say Anything’ in there. I’m making good progress and with any luck, I’ll have it ready before summer’s end. (And if you’re intrigued by that, join my newsletter so you can be among the first to hear more news about this project and others!)
Q6 – What is something that you wish to master within the writing / publishing process?
I’d like to master marketing. And outlining. I’m awful at outlining. I’m too eager to start WRITING, I don’t spend nearly enough time outlining!
I am 100% the same on that! I like to call myself a Plotter but I am full-fledged Pantser 🙂
Q7 – Okay, last question 🙂 What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research for one of your stories?
How to escape from a locked car trunk. (That book might see the light of day someday. Who knows if that scene will still be in it, though!)