Interview with Raven Corinn Carluk

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating such an engulfing story that readers crave more. If I can draw someone in that deeply, then I have done my job as a storyteller.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was five or six, and my parents had taken me to these dilophosaur tracks in the Arizona desert as part of my science project. I wrote a story about a woman discovering dino bones in her backyard and calling all her friends to let them know.
When did you first start writing?
It seems like I was always writing, even if I didn't physically put the words down. In elementary school, I wasn't just playing in the backyard: I was crafting new adventures for me and my friends the Thundercats to have.

Middle school wasn't much different, except that I was toying with the idea of my own characters. Started typing them up on my computer, started trying to give shape to the images in my head.

And it was the start of high school when I wrote my first novel. It's long since gone, but I remember the "plot", most of the characters, and what I planned to do with the rest of the series. There are many days I wish I still had it around, that I could read back over it to see how far I've come. Having found one of the short stories it inspired (and was published), I am tempted to try and rewrite it, but with many decades more experience and skill.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dr Seuss. William Shakespeare. Michael Moorcock. Anne McCaffrey.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Green Eggs and Ham. I was sitting at the dining room table reading it while my mom made dinner. I was really young, but that image has always stayed with me; my mom wanted me to be a good reader.

Plus, the moral of the book is the best ever, and one that everyone should embrace: try everything once, because you won't know if you like it until you do.
What is your writing process?
I always start with a spark. A fluff of an idea, and I start bouncing it around in my head. Build it up, work it out, make it into something more substantial. Then I'll mull over a plot and characters, get at least a sketch of them that can evolve as I write, try to see if I like the direction they're taking.

Then I pick up my Kraken pen and my notebook and start writing. All first drafts are pen and paper. Handwriting uses a different part of my brain, and the words (literally) flow easier if I write them down rather than try to type it out. I find it easier to flip back and forth between chapters, to reread something I've already done.

After I have my draft, I type it up. Transcription gives me a chance to start editing, playing around with words, noticing little things I didn't when I was scribbling it out at first. Then several passes where I make it shine, fix the little details, and otherwise make sure I'm ready for publishing.
What is the favorite character you've written?
That's tough, because everyone has their own merits. Keila (The K&V Chronicles) is tough but fragile, and she was a way to express some of the traumas I've gone through. Tayla (Handmaid) is...well, that's just a whole naughty fantasy rolled up into a big bag of Stockholm Syndrome.

But Cyryna (Nomycha) is probably my favorite. At least right now. I was able to explore concepts of balance, and good versus evil, and standing up for yourself, and accepting destiny and that you're not crazy for having odd dreams.

Of course, Morrigana (on my blog) is my nearest and dearest, but I don't expect most people will understand why.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Depends on the day, really. I take care of my family and household on some days. Others it's all about the pets or the garden. Then there's the artistic and craft pursuits. I try to balance those out across the week, so I don't get burnt out doing any one particular thing.

And there's the "research". I spend time watching movies or tv, normally while crocheting or writing. And I pick up the occasional book to keep abreast of what's going on.
What do you read for pleasure?
Pretty much anything by Dean Koontz. He had an impact on my style, and he's one of the few books I can read without trying to edit it and "fix".
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone, though I was gifted a Kindle a few years back.
Describe your desk
Cluttered and messy, but in a semi-controlled chaos way. There's almost always a drink of some kind, and a pen and scrap paper. Whatever earrings or hair clip I had in that day. And lots and lots of knick knacks, crystals, stones, pins, coins. My wedding photo, and a picture of Orlando Bloom. Then my collection of raven and dragon statues, including some natural cobwebs for a naturally disused look.
Published 2018-11-21.
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Books by This Author

Nomycha
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,980. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When war breaks out between the two lands, Cyryna must leave her training and contemplation to recover a relic of great power. Her magical skills are immediately put to the test in skirmish after skirmish with the undead hordes of Valham. Her heart is put to the test when she meets a man with silver eyes.
All Hallows Blood
Series: The K&V Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,560. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Psychic warrior. Elder vampire. Fights, sex, adventure. Rated M for Mature. Contents include graphic violence, prolonged sexual encounters, blood drinking, and strong language.
Handmaid
Price: Free! Words: 81,090. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Being kidnapped was merely a daydream of Tayla's. It seemed better than marrying a man older than her father, but it was never really going to happen. But when the man in the silver mask appeared, everything changed for the princess. Filled with violence, passion, and a heavy dose of Stockholm syndrome, Handmaid is a tawdry bit of story that will while away the time.
Midsummer's Unveiling
Series: The K&V Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,570. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A change of seasons reveals dark answers from the past. The third K&V Chronicle
Stories With Fang O,.,O
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,360. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Vampires hunt the night. They wait for their next victim, trading pleasure for blood. They bite and feed, and they never sparkle. These collected stories are sensual, erotic, and sometimes horrific. Not intended for the weak of heart or lust. Including the full version of At His Knee and it's sequel, and a follow up to Necro.
Stories With Bite O,.,O
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,840. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Crawling from unknown depths, these collected stories await your discovery. Fantasy, and horror, and paranormal. Vampires, and elves, and monsters. Tales of darkness and lust. Unexpected turns, rousing battles, and undying love. These tales are for those wishing to sample the other side. Also included: Keila and Varick's first date.
Deadlands
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,450. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Driven by need and haunted by her powers, this necromancer must brave the daunting Deadlands to find her love.
Saint Valentine's Clash
Series: The K&V Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,030. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Confronted by enemies from the past, Keila must prevail alone. The second K&V Chronicle