Jean Lowe Carlson

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Award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson ND writes adventurous fantasy fiction with a dark twist. Her raw worlds are reminiscent of Patrick Rothfuss, Clive Barker, Brent Weeks, Jacqueline Carey, and Robin Hobb.

Jean holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND), and has a keen awareness of psychology and human behavior, using it to paint vivid characters set amidst nations in turmoil or societies with riveting secrets. Exciting, challenging, and passionate, her novels take the reader upon dire adventures while exploring deep human truths.

In 2016, she was the recipient of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist medal for her dark fantasy "Tears". She was also longlisted for the 2016 Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize for her dark fairytale "The Man in White".

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a 20-acre farm outside Eugene, Oregon. I was outside a lot. When you grow up on a farm, being indoors really isn't an option. There's always something to do outside; take care of the chickens, feed the rabbits, take hay and grain to the horses, check water spigots in the winter to make sure they aren't frozen, get up in the fruit trees and haul down the apples and pears. Between my sister and I, we had a lot of time to ourselves. We were always in the woods or down in the back pasture at the bottom of the hill when we were kids. We'd play, make up stories and games like kids do. It was all pure fantasy, and we had the perfect spot to do it. We'd be pirate warriors on a boat, having fantastic duels at sea when really we were playing on a dilapidated old flat-wood cart somebody had abandoned over the stream, sans wheels. We'd be frontiers-people on the Oregon Trail, fighting for survival in our fort, when really we'd just piled some old logs and sheets of plywood around a few cedar trees and topped it all with rusty barbed wire (yes, I'm amazed I never got tetanus as a kid!). We'd be birdpeople roosting in the treetops, when really we were sitting five feet from the ground in the branches of our apple trees, eating green apples. It was awesome. And I learned to mix fantasy with observation of the natural world right then, and have been doing it ever since. It's never been far from my door, or from my dreams, or from my heart. So that's it. The heart of a fantastical romantic born!
When did you first start writing?
Three years ago (August 2012). I was a dreamer. I was a romantic. I always have been. And I woke up one morning with the most fantastical dream stuck in my head so deeply, that I just had to tell my husband Matt about it. And he encouraged me to write it down. It was vivid, it was haunting. It became the opening scene to the "Key of Fire" series, Asya riding almost-dead down a long and forbidding white road in the middle of the aurora-lit night, and gazing out over barrenness to see three dark, forbidding pinnacles in the distance. I started to jot it down. Before I knew it, I had ten pages, then twenty, then soon thirty. Then it was fifty as I started to think through Asya and Agni had how they interact, how they would talk to each other, influence each other, resonate heart-to-heart, both determined, driven, and devastated. And my writing career was born. I've never really stopped after that. I would have another juicy dream, write that one down, incorporate it if I could or save it for another project. At this time (April 2015), I have about 20 pages of dreams jotted down ready to work on, fifteen more that have been fleshed out into 20-30 page snippets that I'm waiting for plot/direction inspiration on, and about twelve books currently in the works. And the dreams won't stop. And my writing won't, either!
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About the Three Days of Oblenite Dark Fantasy Series
Jean Lowe Carlson talking about her new dark fantasy romance series the Three Days of Oblenite, consisting of the novels "Breath", "Tears", and "Blood".

BREATH - Prologue
Author Jean Lowe Carlson reads the Prologue from her new release "Breath" (Three Days of Oblenite #1). A Victorian dark fantasy set in an alternate version of 1890's Paris, the story follows a young woman cursed by a dead saint to kill with her kiss, and her journey to find love.

BREATH - Chapter 1
Author Jean Lowe Carlson reads Chapter 1 from Breath, the first novel in the Three Days of Oblenite series.

BREATH - Pronunciation Guide
Pronunciation of names and places in the novel Breath by Jean Lowe Carlson, first book in the Three Days of Oblenite series.

TEARS - Prologue
Author Jean Lowe Carlson reads the Prologue from her award-winning novel "Tears" (Three Days of Oblenite #2). Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Second Novel category, "Tears" is set in the same dark Victorian setting as book one, "Breath". A pious young man cursed to experience bliss at the end of the lash, journeys to discover his true self through love, community, pain, pleasure, and faith away from church dogma.

TEARS - Chapter 1
Author Jean Lowe Carlson reads Chapter One of the award-winning novel "Tears", second book in the Three Days of Oblenite series. "Tears" was a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the Second Novel category.

TEARS - Pronunciation Guide
Author Jean Lowe Carlson reads the Pronunciation Guide for the award-winning novel "Tears", second book in the Three Days of Oblenite dark fantasy series. "Tears" was awarded a Finalist medal in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2016, Second Novel category.

BLOOD - Pronunciation Guide
Award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson reads the official Pronunciation Guide for the dark fantasy novel "Blood", the third and final novel in the Three Days of Oblenite series.