Interview with paranormal/psychic author Cara Carnes

Welcome
to Monday! Today I’m talking with paranormal author Cara Carnes about her new
book, A Shadow’s Embrace.

During
her virtual book tour, Cara will be awarding a lucky winner with a $25 Amazon
or Barnes and Noble gift card. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there,
too.

Bio:

Born
in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model,
actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13.
In
reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a
somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When
she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves travelling, photography and reading.
More
information about Cara can be found at www.caracarnes.com.

Welcome, Cara. Please tell us about your
current release.

Indigo
Shadows is a series I’ve contemplated for a while. A Shadow’s Embrace was the first logical book to roll out to
introduce the world and the complicated dynamics within it.
Years
ago psychics were segregated from society, labeled with levels and imprisoned
within testing facilities by a covert government organization run by General
Conver. The highest level of psychics, Elites, broke free and formed a covert
organization known as the Shadow Elite Operatives, or SEO. Now that they’ve
managed to free all psychics from testing facilities and expose the black ops
work of Conver’s men to the world, they continue to battle to protect all
psychics. The hero of the first book (A Shadow’s Embrace) is an SEO operative
named Dagan, who’s able to mentally manipulate people.
But
they can only do so much, which is where the Indigo Order comes in. The heroine
formed the underground group in order to help feed, clothe and educate the
psychic children displaced by General Conver. The homeless kids live in street
packs in Chicago and trust no one outside of their tightly knit groups. Devyn,
or Indy, as she’s known has managed to infiltrate their groups and gain their
trust because she’s like them—a misunderstood psychic struggling to make a life
for herself.
What inspired you to
write this book?
The
Indigo Shadows series takes what I love most about cover operatives style books
and combines it with the psychic phenomena I was intrigued by within a world
where things aren’t all hearts and flowers. It’s a gritty, grueling world for
the psychics who are finally free from General Conver’s testing facilities, yet
unable to have a “normal” life because of their abilities. No one wants to
contend with their existence or the threat their presence presents, yet they
continue to fight to protect humanity and their kind.

Excerpt from A Shadow’s Embrace:

Devyn
focused, suckling on the metadata drifting in the atmosphere. Ah, she’d missed
the city. The morsels of data streamed into her. Her synapses hummed, sated by
the calming presence of her third eye’s power. For the first time in a week,
she was whole again now that she was back in the bustling psychic sector of
Chicago. Leaving the city and her team a week ago had been a difficult
decision, but the right one. Her powers had become more focused without the
residual white noise of bustling Chicago’s technological strain vying for her
attention.
Now the same technology she’d shunned
the past few days would save her. She accessed traffic and bank
cameras—anything and everything that allowed eyes-on access to the enemy that
was herding her into a proverbial cage. There were too many of them. No exit
strategy existed.
Damn.
A strong arm encircled her waist,
crushing her against a brick-like torso before she could react. Pain pierced
her mind, radiating from her temples. Startled by the psychic intrusion, she
writhed in her captor’s embrace and threw up what telepathic walls she could.
The bastard shattered each defensive
layer she created. Hot breath fanned across her cheek when he lifted her up off
her feet and planted a huge hand over her mouth. Dangling like a doll, she
punched the meaty arms holding her captive.
“Enough.” The harsh psychic hammer
pounded her into submission. She stilled, unable to maneuver past the thick
mental fog he created. “I need you to be quiet if you want to live.”
That voice. Dagan. This was the
contact she’d slipped info to at the SEO.
She
clamped his wrist and pressed hard, but he maintained his hold. The proximity
to one of the most lethal people in existence skittered apprehensive pangs
along her spine. She’d chanced returning to Chicago because of him, but how had
he known she’d be here?


What exciting story
are you working on next?
I’m
currently finishing up Redemption’s
Forgiveness
, which is the second book in The Rending series. It’s a
paranormal dystopian world that I’ve been having a lot of fun with.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
think when I got my first contract with Loose Id for A Warrior’s Paradise was the first time I really went “Wow. This is
happening. I wrote a book. And it’s going to be sold to strangers for money.”

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

Having insomnia helps…LOL. By day I do accounting work, which I think lends
itself well to my day. At work I’m focusing on analyzing and number crunching
with one side of my brain. By the time I get home, I’m ready to exercise the
other sections of my mind. I try and work a couple of hours when I first wake
up every morning on something writerly. I think this helps frame my mindset to
make the writing the most important thing every day.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I’m addicted to sticky notes. Big time. I have every size and color possible
and use them compulsively while plotting my worlds even though I have mounds of
software to do it.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

LOL…it changed daily. I used to want to be a pirate. Then a princess. Then Jon
Bon Jovi’s wife (and of course I’d be a way more popular rock star than him). I
finally settled on something writerly when I was about 12.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I’d love to hear what you think about A
Shadow’s Embrace
when you get a chance to check it out. And thank you all
for having me here.

Links:
Thanks, Cara!


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7 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal/psychic author Cara Carnes

  1. Cara Carnes says:

    Good morning!!! Thank you so much for hosting me, Lisa 🙂 I'm thrilled to be here.

    Hi, Mai and Jane!!! *waves* Thanks for hanging out today.

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