Carly Wayne first discovered her love of storytelling as a child, when she would create alternate endings for all of her favorite fairy tales. As she grew, her fascination developed into a passion for writing about the characters and worlds she imagined.
Now, Carly lives deep in the woods of Jacksonville, Florida, not too far from the ocean. She graduated from the University of Florida, and just before she lost her mind writing the dry academic papers for her graduate degree in Psychology, she returned to her first love - creative writing. The resulting novella, Marissa’s Muse, was published on July 10th, and she is looking forward to publishing her next full-length novel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, it wasn't the first story I read, but the first book that had a large impact on me was Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon. I was about twelve years old the first time I read it, and I was already in love with the tales of King Arthur and his knights. Mists of Avalon told the story from the women's point of view (something I had never seen before), with an emphasis on Morgaine and her initiation into the mysteries of Avalon. I was hooked! I loved the epic-scale of the story, and Marion Zimmer-Bradley's use of imagery and description pulled me into the mysteries, as if I were living the events myself. I remember thinking "Wow! I want to write a story like THAT!"
What do you read for pleasure?
I like cozy mysteries, especially ones with a paranormal twist, and dry humor.
I absolutely loved Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series, and Louise Penny's Three Pines Mysteries.
The trilogy Chronicles of the One, by Nora Roberts was fantastic, and timely. It was kind of spooky, knowing it was published just a few months before the first reported case of COVID-19!