Interview with Caryn Moya Block

When did you first start writing?
My very first "story" was when I was five years old. I had a school crush named Timmy and I made up a story about him during a car trip with my grandmother. She graciously wrote it all down and shared it with my parents when we returned.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Aqua Magic is the continuation of the Witch Guardian Romance Series. In it, a water witch accused of murder is under a sleeping spell. Her "Destined Mate" comes to Earth to retrieve her from the witch police and take her to his underwater world where he can save her from the spell that is slowly killing her. When she wakes, she will need to adjust to both living as a mermaid/Aquarian and being the destined mate of a merman prince.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to be an author. I made up stories from a very early age and by high school was writing as much as possible. In college, I had a professor that told me I would never get published and unfortunately, I believed her. But it didn's stop me from writing stories. I just never shared them with anyone. Then after turning 50, I became ill and had to quit my job. It took me six months to recover and during that I time, I was in bed. I picked up a laptop and began to write. After finishing several stories, I decided to publish. The whole industry had just opened up to Indie Authors, so rather than ask permission, I published myself and here I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I found Smashwords in 2012. Several authors suggested I put my books on their site to have them go out to different retailers. That same year, I met Mark Coker at RWA, Atlanta. We had a great talk and he encouraged me to keep publishing. I've been working with the Smashwords team ever since. They get my books out to the readers on sites I can't. That had been a tremendous help to my success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the inspiration that comes to help me start the story. It might be a dream or a stray thought or something on the news. Then the fun begins of creating the characters and the world. I'm a panster, so except for knowing my characters will end with a happily ever after, I often don't know their journey until I write it. We go on the journey together.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything! I wrote my first book, Alpha's Mate, for me. It was a bucket list item. But my fans loved it and kept asking for the next book. Without them, I'm not sure I would have continued publishing. They are the reason I keep writing.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is about the second generation. The children of the lycan packs I introduced in the Siberian Volkov Pack Romance Series. It's great fun writing their stories, since I've known the characters and their parents since they were born. Katya is the first born twin to Dmitry and Violet in Alpha's Mate. The twins are born at the end of the book. It's now 24 years later and Katya is trying to figure out her own life. Her father is extremely over protective and wants her to come back home to Siberia, but Katya isn't willing to give up her freedom and takes a job in New York City where she went to college. Her childhood sweetheart, Illarion comes back into her life when he becomes the CEO of the company she works for and so the mating dance begins.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many! Alexander Dumas, Andre Norton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Anne McCaffrey, A.A. Milne, Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan, Dan Brown, Jayne Ann Krentz and her other pen names as well, C.J. Chery, Terry Spear, Rebecca Zanetti, Thea Harrison, Lynn Leite, Lynsay Sands, Robin D. Owens, Mary Stewart, Lora Leigh, Jeaniene Frost, C.T. Adams, William Shakespeare, Deborah Cooke, Marrion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey, Katie MacAlister, Lydia Dare, Ian Flemming, Christine Dodd. I could go on. I love to read and like others I will go through an authors entire list before moving to someone new, but these authors I continue to read.
Why did you decide to write paranormal romance.
The Romance part is easy, I love happy endings. The paranormal part is because I saw my first ghost when I was three years old. All my life strange things have happened. Sometimes a ghost waking me up from sleep, sometimes knowing something bad was going to happen, sometimes talking to angels or trees. When you live a paranormal life, its hard to write about things that are not paranormal. Of course I don't know any shifters personally, but I sure would love too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow authors and stalk them on social media like other readers. *winks* If I hear of a sale, I will pick up something from a new to me author. Sometimes a friend will recommend a book. I'm members of groups on Facebook that allow authors to put up their notices too.
What is your writing process?
When I first started, I wrote when the muse hit me. Now that I write full time, I write in the morning before my granddaughters come over to play. But I still love it when a character starts talking to me or wakes me up at night. I keep a small laptop next to my bed and I will write whenever that happens. If I don't have a computer, a notebook, or even a paper napkin will work.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read Romance. All kinds from paranormal to historical, adventure to fantasy. I also like regular suspense and mysteries, and don't forget fairy tales.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a tablet so I am not locked into just one format.
Published 2018-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Christmas Shadow
Series: The Shadow Walker - Lycan Hybrid Second Generation Romance. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,890. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Aleksei Sokolov shapeshifts into a wolf and walks into a dimension called Shadow. While trying to protect his best friend from being killed, Aleksei meets Sheridan Harbrook. He's falling in love with her, so where is the Heartmate Bond? Sheridan is surprised to find there is more to Daven McCloud than she thought. Little does she know that the man she is falling in love with is actually Aleksei.
Series: The Volkov Family Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,770. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Katya Volkov is all grown-up and working in New York City. She has worked hard for the last four years at Sunrise Advertising. Now a vice-president, she’s finally accomplished a level of success. But she's a wolf shifter without a pack. Illarion Lebedev, lycan, has secretly watched over Katya since college. Now he's ready to claim his mate. But what will it take to heal her wounded heart?
Aqua Magic
Series: The Witch Guardian Romances. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,260. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Brenna Ross, Water Witch, is trapped in her own mind. Possessed by a Marwolaeth, that is slowly killing her, it used her to murder those she loves. Marcus Ondine, Aquarian, knew the minute the little witch walked into his pub, The Blue Dolphin, she was “the one” — what the magical folk call his “Destined One.” Can Marcus save her and convince Brenna he is the one for her?
Rainbow Lights - A Book for Children Who See Auras
Series: The Psychic Kid Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Senses & Sensation, Fiction » Children’s books » Visionary & Metaphysical
Johnathan sees Auras around all living things. His parents encourage him to use his ability to know how someone feels. Johnathan understands that seeing Auras is a gift.
My First Reiki Book
Series: The Psychic Kid Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / Daily Activities
My First Reiki Book is part of the Pyschic Kids Series, a book for empathic and intuitive children. Lanis learns about the energy healing technique called "Reiki" and how it can help her feel better when she is stressed.
Lycan's Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance · The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,360. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Gwen Quiet Thunder was terrorized and raped by a Lycan male. Now she wants nothing to do with them, even when the mating bond connects her to her destined mate. Mischa Sokolov is thrilled to find his mate, but never expected her to run away from him. Now he has to convince her that not all Lycans are bad or lose the one woman meant to be his.
Fiery Magic
Series: The Witch Guardian Romances. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,630. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Haytham Luften never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic. Candace Kindle walks through a portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she left behind on Earth.
Trapped In Shadow
Series: The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,830. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Stacey Johnson is an operative for the government that kills people on command, but dreams of her old partner and finding 'happily ever after'. People in her line of work can't trust anyone, not even an old partner. Hugh Thunder Hoof, Shadow Walker, wants nothing more than to get a commitment from Stacey, but when her cover is blown it will take both of them working together to survive.
Joy, My Journey of Awakening
Series: The Enlighten Up Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,790. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Caryn Block has been on a journey of discovery since she saw her first ghost at three years of age. Realizing that there was more to our world than most people could see, she set out to find her way to God and the divine.
I See Spirits
Series: The Psychic Kid Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Senses & Sensation, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Johnathan sees Angels, Nature Spirits, and Ghosts. His mother encourages him to embrace his gift while giving him advice on how to manage his special ability.
Feelings Not My Own
Series: The Psychic Kid Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Senses & Sensation
Suzy has a hard time when her friend’s emotions overwhelm her. Her mother gives her a few tips to balance her empathic gift.
Shadow Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance · The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,680. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sergei Sokolov, Siberian Lycan, is surprised when the mating bond snaps into place and connects him to a woman being attacked in Moscow. Knowing he may lose his destined mate sends him running to rescue her. Lindy Quiet Thunder, Shadow Walker, is investigating strange lapses of lost time in a team of Marines. Lindy is attacked and as she loses consciousness connects to her mate. Will he find her?
Black and Shadow
Series: The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,160. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Joseph Running Bear takes the death of his friend and employee, Fred Black, personally. But the terrorists have already been dealt with. Now he needs to send Fred’s belonging to his little sister. Jessica Black heads to Isanti Inc. to find out who killed her brother. Her first night in town someone tries to shoot her. When she and Joe join up to figure out who’s behind the attempt sparks fly.
My Perfect Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,670. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Six months ago Susan Adams was forced to become a lycan. Now the mating bond snapped into place and her mate isn’t a lycan. In fact, she’s not sure what he is and mating Susan is the farthest thing on his mind. Jean Paul Nadeau is a Fae Lord sent to guard a dimensional gateway in Quebec City. Finding his “Destined One” in the middle of a quest for the Queen of Fae could cost him his life.
Aerial Magic
Series: The Witch Guardian Romances. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,690. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Elise Delaire, the Guardian healer, shakes Curtis Brant’s hand, and realizes that not only is this man not who he says he is, he is also her Destined One. Owen Avery is on a mission from the queen of the Fae. When he and Elise touch, he realizes that she is his Destined One. Is he willing to give up his immortality and home to claim her? It is suggested that this series be read in order.
The Gift of My Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,020. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Margot Martin has been searching for her mate in the human population, earning her a shady reputation and a stalker on her trail. The only person she can turn to is the head of pack security, Mathis Levesque. Mathis Levesque has known Margot is his mate, but because of his job, kept it a secret from her. Stalked by a human business man, Mathis must protect the one woman meant to be his.
Beta's Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,700. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Brenda Scott had her world turned upside down when she shifted into a wolf. Then there is the quiet man who watches her with the yellow eyes of a wolf wanting his mate. Will she be able to adapt to her new wild urgings? Granger Thibault wants his mate more than anything. But he knows that if he pushes her, she will fight back. Can Granger find the soft woman inside waiting to be loved?
Wolfe's Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,530. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
When her brother accidentally turns her into a lycan, Esme Fortescue struggles to find her balance. Now while her brother desperately attempts to return her humanity, her lycan heartmate seduces her in her dreams. Jared Wolfe has waited six months before claiming his mate. When Esme is in an accident, Jared decides he can’t wait to claim her any longer. But will Esme consent to leave Europe?
Love in the Shadows
Series: The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,460. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Derek “Red Hawk” Darkwood is known as the playboy of Isanti, Inc.. So even though there is a new woman on his arm every night, the one he wants is Katherine Sloane, his brother’s administrative assistant. .Just as he is about to make his move and take the woman he wants, Derek kills his ex-girlfriend right in front of Katherine. Can Katherine love a murderer?
Destined Magic, A Witch Guardian Romance
Series: The Witch Guardian Romances. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,530. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Garrett Amhurst, a member of the Witch Guardian Police Force, investigates a claim of blood magic and is surprised to find his “Destined One”. Her sister is guilty of the illegal practice and it’s Garrett’s job to bring her to justice. Gabriella Ross, Water Witch, would do anything to save her sister, including stepping in front of a bullet.
A Siberian Werewolf Christmas
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,370. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Margaret Brady knows she must be out of her mind to go to Siberia for Christmas. But when she meets the good looking Vyacheslav Putyatinov, she knows just what she wants for Christmas. Vyacheslav “Slava” Putyatinov thinks any human woman coming to the Siberian Lycan village will be trouble. When he is put in charge of the American siren he finds trouble can lead to desire.
A Siberian Werewolf In Paris
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,800. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Valerii Belikov, Siberian lycanthrope, knew that under the baseball cap and grubby jeans “Little Joe MacDonald” was actually Josephine. But when the mating bond snapped into place, he never expected her to run away. Josephine Chevalier knew this day would come. Her father’s killers had found her. To keep her pack in England safe she needed to return to Paris, France, where it all began.
My Magic Mate
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,670. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Brencis Solovyov, a Siberian lycanthrope, isn’t looking for a mate. When he visits the local metaphysical store, he is repulsed by the owner’s purple hair and combat boots. And when she gives him a potion that accidently poisons him, he fears for his life. The fact that she is his mate can only be a trick of destiny. Will he let his mate cast a spell of love on him?
Shadow of My Heart
Series: The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,110. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Raven Darkwood, Shadow Walker, and CEO of Isanti Inc., is also a spy for the government. His mentor Isanti Quiet Thunder has prophesied the perfect mate for him. But how can he find her when he doesn’t have time to date? And how can he bring an innocent into his crazy violent world?
My Mate's Embrace, Siberian Volkov Series #3
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,070. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Anton Volkov, Siberian lycanthrope, is following the scent of Laurel Harris, who is running away from her abusive stepfather. When Anton finds her, he is surprised to realize she is his mate, the one woman meant to be his. But the Russian mafia is also on her trail. In order to rescue Laurel, Anton must first get this troubled woman to trust him. Can love heal her wounded heart?
A Siberian Werewolf In London
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,500. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Grigori Solovyov goes to London to track down a Russian mobster who is stealing from the pack. Then Melisande Reule walks into his hotel, bringing his wolf howling to the surface. He knows he has found his mate. But when she is targeted by a Russian assassin, Grigori must fight to keep her safe and at his side.
Alpha's Mate - Special Anniversary Extended Edition
Series: Siberian Volkov Pack Romance, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,490. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Following a wounded animal to its lair has never been a safe thing to do. But Violet Anderson, Wildlife photographer, is thinking of doing just that, when she meets Siberian Werewolf Dmitry Volkov in Moscow. Can she handle being the beauty to his beast? Also includes non-fiction articles, "Why Siberia" and "Love at First Sight, Believe in the Possibility"