Interview with Carol A. Strickland

Published 2014-06-23.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was either a Girl from MABLE (a Man from UNCLE ripoff) (Minot [ND] Air Base Law Enforcement, you know) story or one in which I got past hotel security to meet the Beatles. I was so young I didn't know what one did when one actually met a lustworthy guy, but...
Describe your desk
Gah! It's on my list of things to clean up. Really.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Let's see, I've just sent off the next book in the series to the editor, so now I have to think back to this one. It's "Lost in the Stars," and I always want to write "Lost in the Worlds," because that's what it began as. It's volume 2 of the "Three Worlds" superhero series, knee-deep in a romance arc.

In volume 1 (spoilers! spoilers!) timid psychic Lina O'Kelly first met and fell in love with the world's mightiest superhero, Londo (Valiant) Rand. They got in a bit of trouble there, and Lina had to use her new abilities to teleport them across interstellar space to a strange new world where, ah (trying not to give away anything), certain health probs could be addressed.

At the end of that novel, ah, spoilers happened, but Londo was called away for a mission that would last about a week. While he was away, Lina was arrested on the charge of mind control of Valiant. His best friend was appointed her arresting officer.

So that's where we begin: Lina on a new planet with new powers and under arrest. And darn it all, but that arresting officer of hers is one hunka burning gorgeousness, even if he is saddled with some disturbing emotional problems. Lina has to learn about this place, go home every day to feed her herd of cats, figure out how she can get her charges dismissed without bringing dishonor upon Valiant, and then... Well, some pretty bad people have evil plans for the world while Valiant is away. Can Lina and her arresting officer stop them and a threatened planetary genocide?
How do you approach cover design?
For my first book, which was done by Cerridwen (Ellora's Cave), I was able to furnish their artist with a special edition Cosmo cover that I've always used to picture my "Three Worlds" hero, Londo Rand. They did a great sims version! Then I got my rights back and started publishing/republishing books as an indie. I painted my own covers, except for "Burgundy and Lies," for which I set up and photographed a still life.

People said that shot didn't come across as "romance" to them, so I bought some stock photography. Unfortunately, the guy on that looked like he was 17, so I bought another shot and laboriously (I'm not that great with PhotoShop) plugged him in next to the pre-existing heroine. I was so pleased with the final product that I bought another stock shot and used that on the back of the book.

For "Three Worlds," I ultimately wanted the same comic book look for each overarching story arc. I was lucky enough to get fan-favorite Colleen Doran (!!!) to do the first arc for me! I'm thrilled with the result, and hope her fans come over to give my books a look-see, and not just for the gorgeous covers! As the series progresses, I'll be looking for other artists to do the different arcs. Suggestions?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Panicking. Or trying not to. So much to do, so little time! I make lists of everything to be done, and actually get through a good proportion of it.

Between writing I love to paint. I'm trying to refine my skills so I can hit retirement running. Then there's my yard, which would be nice if it didn't have so many weeds and raw spots. I'm working on it, which explains the piles of lumber, stone and rubber mulch in my driveway. Love to read as well—it's a requirement when you're a writer. I joined the Rhine Research Center Book Club a while ago, and the books we read for that take a long time to digest, which keeps me from reading as much fiction as I'd like. It's frustrating, but I'm learning a lot!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from others. They might mention a good book on Facebook, or answer my pleas for suggestions that I make after I've plowed through far too many awful books. I seem to latch onto the 90% of Sturgeon's Law. When I find a great book, I try not to keep it quiet!
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Books by This Author

Mind Shift
Series: Three Worlds, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,410. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Psychic Lina Starhart must eliminate the threat of Mind Control before the evil galactic empire can stop her.
Star-Spangled Panties
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 62,860. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » History » History of things
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Up the patriarchy! Come read about Wonder Woman, Princess and Champion of the legendary Amazons, presented in an ever-so-slightly opinionated manner that will explain everything important about the lady. She’s been around since 1941, you know, and has seen a lot of changes through the years. If you take your aspirin when warned, you’ll even learn about her popular younger sister, Donna Troy.
Nothing Personal
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,350. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Kidnapped to the far side of galactic nowhere! After small-town waitress Tam wakes up in a hospital, she discovers she’s living on a county-sized space station, located... somewhere. She's one of the few humans in a community made up of giant, sapient lizards and birds. Her primary mission now is to find the bastard who kidnapped her. Only he knows the way home.
Touch of Danger
Series: Three Worlds, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 173,230. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Superhero Romance and Adventure Like You've Never Seen Before! Sometimes a superhero is just too powerful to enjoy life. But Londo (Valiant) Rand's foes have temporarily blasted away his powers, leaving him to outrun a mercenary army across an otherwise deserted South Pacific island— accompanied by beautiful Lina O'Kelly. Too bad that psychic Lina is acutely phobic to touch.
Worlds Apart
Series: Three Worlds, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 173,610. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The top-rated superhero romance series continues! After the interstellar chaos of the past few weeks, Lina Starhart thinks she now has time to catch her breath and get used to the idea of not only being a bride but of being married to the galaxy’s most powerful man. But she has yet to learn what dangers the job includes.
Series: Three Worlds, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,640. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Lina O'Kelly, psychic and interstellar transporter, and Londo (Valiant) Rand, the galaxy's most powerful superhero, face trial for mind control. No matter the judgment, they both carry secrets that could tear apart their new relationship. Jae (Neutrino) Rallene, the last of his mysterious kind, holds the key that could seal Lina and Londo's happiness... or keep them separated forever.
Applesauce and Moonbeams
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 96,740. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Soft sci fi: After a hit man blasts telepathic psychiatrist David Lumen’s mind into the body of a pampered kitty on its way home to the moon, David’s desperate plan to make himself whole again is hampered by his new feline life. Can David regain his true body when it’s leaving a trail of chaos and murder?
Lost in the Stars
Series: Three Worlds, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 155,670. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Lina O'Kelly, psychic and interstellar transporter, has been accused of mind-controlling her new husband, Valiant. With the galaxy's most powerful superhero under her command, she could conquer worlds. But she's innocent. How can she make her accusers—and especially her arresting officer, the mysterious Jae Rallene—believe her? Vol. 2 of the "Three Worlds" superhero romance series.
Burgundy and Lies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,610. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Sixteenth Century France: Young Abbie Bourgogne finds herself caught in a web of switched identities on the way to a contracted marriage. Would-be vagabond Jean-Marc has contracted a bride for his brother. With sons from that marriage he will be free to explore the world... if he can stop himself from falling for his brother's future wife.