Interview with Carrie Thorne

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
At the eager, oh-so-awkward age of 12, I wrote my first short story about a lawyer defending a wrongly-accused man. I was a huge John Grisham fan at the time (still am), and was inspired. I still remember by teacher's comment, encouraging me to develop the story into a complete novel. I never finished the novel, but the short story became the definitive start of my passion for fiction-writing.
What is your writing process?
Insomnia is an incredibly common complaint. Not for me. I love going to sleep, because I write stories in my head as I fall asleep. Each story becomes increasingly developed after a month or so, then I fire up the laptop and start solidifying those ideas.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow, that's a tough one. These are not in any particular order, as that's just not possible. As an avid reader, this list is totally fluid.
My first favorite romance was The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy - I loved the strong, empowered female lead that was way ahead of her time.
Fury of Ice by Coreene Callahan (Dragon Fury series, Book 2) - that woman can write men!
The Difference A Day Makes (Perfect, Indiana, Book 2) by Barbara Longley - she may be my all-time favorite author, her characters are so real.
Fire and Ice (Buchanan/Renard/MacKenna, Book 7) by Julie Garwood - the entire series really, exciting yet silly.
Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, Book 1) by Nora Roberts - witches, vampires, shape-shifters, all tied together with intriguing characters.
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
I write when I have time, so often that means there may be a week in which I write 100 words, then the next week I may write 10,000. I don't wait for inspiration; I take advantage of those treasured moments of me-time, crank up the music, and let the ideas flow.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
My life is incredibly normal. Husband, kids, dog, day job, soccer practice, swimming lessons, laundry, dishes... you get the idea. But we have our amazing Friday night routine of enjoying the relaxing activity of choice, for me it's a good book.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I form the idea in my head, which takes a few weeks to develop, then I let the words flow. If I get stuck, I write out a plot and potentially an outline, but most often the ideas grow as the story progresses.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Not getting enough time to do it. There is nothing better than curling up in front of the fire or on the hammock with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and letting my imagination run wild. Don't we all want more time to relax and put our feet up?
Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?
As I write, I go back and proofread as a way to check for errors, and to help generate ideas for today's writing session. Once I feel the story is complete, I go back and revise, edit, and check for continuity issues. Then, I release the draft to my sisters and my mother, who are incredible editors and each have a different approach.
Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
Not the book itself, as once I get going, I am compelled to finish it. I'm the same with reading; once I start a novel, I have a hard time putting it down. Ideas, however, they may stew for a long time. I have a document just for ideas that is saved to the cloud, so whenever something strikes me, I jot it down. I've had that document for years, and have a few dozen ideas I can't wait to finally flesh out into complete stories.
Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
I'd love to go back and tell my younger self all the things that I shouldn't have worried about, where to focus my efforts, how to get through the tough stuff. But, if my younger self even listened, I wouldn't be the same person I am today. It took a whole lot of work to end up where I am, and I wouldn't change that for anything.
Do you read any of your own work?
When I find a book I absolutely love, I read it over and over again. I'll often put it down for a year, then re-read it again. If I didn't want to read my own books over and over again, why would I have written it in the first place? In short, absolutely yes.
Published 2019-05-19.
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Books by This Author

All the Days After: 1st in the Foothills Romance Series
Series: Foothills Romance. Pre-release—available December 20, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
“Just promise me one thing... don’t sleep with my brother.” No problem, right? Trouble is the last thing Sophie Jones needs. Ex-Navy SEAL Asher Sutherland is not the rogue he used to be, but he doesn't have a clue who he is now, either. The one thing Asher knows for sure is that he wants Sophie. Settle in and watch the sunrise in this tempting contemporary romance set in the Pacific Northwest.
Running Home (A Beachside Romance, Book 2)
Series: A Beachside Romance. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until Nov. 19!) Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Passion and international espionage ignite in this captivating, steamy contemporary romance. Caught in a web of secrets and lies, Ronan McAllister is forced into retirement from the CIA and returns to his hometown. To protect her from himself, Ronan pushes away the fairy-eyed Payson Roberts with insults and offense. But, can Ronan protect Payson from the dangers of his past?
Chasing Forever (A Beachside Romance, Book 1)
Series: A Beachside Romance, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,340. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Having burned off his restless angst in the most dangerous job in the world, Chase comes home to Maine to the woman he never had the guts to ask out. An officer of the small town police department, Maddy closely protects her heart, even from the man she always loved. When Maddy’s past comes back to haunt her and threatens to crush everything she cares about, her world is turned upside down.