Caro Karlsson is a graduate of Florida State University and University of Maryland University College where she earned membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Caro works in online travel technology and is active in her community. She enjoys gardening, photography, and volunteering, and she has traveled across the USA, in the Caribbean, and Europe.
Caro's debut novel, "Timing," was a 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. "Here After," a novelette, is Caro's latest publication.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a fairly goal-oriented person. So when I decided to write "Timing" I knew I would have to complete it through to the point of publishing. During the writing of the novel, I was working two jobs and also regularly volunteering my personal time to two local organizations. There was a point when I realized that I was going to have a completed novel on my hands which would be bound to languish in my personal files if I could not find the bandwidth to pursue the traditional publishing route of sending out queries to appropriate publishing houses, and possibly finding a literary agent. Also, I wanted my "second life" as a writer to begin as soon as possible. Having an opportunity to self-publish allowed me to expedite the road to publication and accomplish my goal of authorship.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories, and what are you working on next?
My stories generally begin with a simple idea that I find myself daydreaming about until I have a plot to pursue. For "Timing," I wondered what it would be like to be a twenty-something time traveling against one's will, and then compounded it with characters dealing with modern problems in historical settings. I have recently completed a novelette called "Here After." Like "Timing," it is a love story at its core--a fallen angel who attempts to avoid falling in love. My next project is currently structured as a novel in four parts, also skirting the science fiction and fantasy realm, but dealing with relationship issues.