Interview with Caryn Moya Block

Published 2018-07-12.
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.
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Latest books by This Author

Series: The Volkov Family Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,320. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Shifters, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Karina Volkov, daughter of the Siberian Lycan Pack Alpha, ran from her mate to Siberia after finishing college. Can Karina convince her mate to open the heartmate bond and let love determine their future? Jasper Grayden, Alberta Canadian Alpha will use everything in his power to trap his sister’s killer, including his mate. He may not deserve Karina for a mate, but he will never let her go.
Rurik's Mate
Series: The Volkov Family Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,260. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Shifters, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Rurik Volkov is the heir to the Siberian Lycan Pack. While visiting his sister in New York City, he finds his mate in a NYPD officer who happens to be the Prime Alpha's foster daughter. Somehow he has to convince Officer Starr Conrad to accept the heartmate bond and promise to become the next Alpha Female for the pack in Siberia.
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 » Shifters, 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 » Shifters, 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 » Witches
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 ยท The Shadow-Walker Tribe Romances. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,360. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » Shifters, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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 » General
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.
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