This is one great interview from an author that happens to be in my goodreads group Paranormal and Horror Lovers. I am so amazed that this group has such amazing talent like Carrie here, sharing in our passion for all things paranormal and horror. She is also one of our first Read 2 Review Authors! I think you will find this Interview a great way to learn a little more about her as a person and an author!
I am very thankful for her time in doing this and must tell you her book The Sounding is getting a lot of great response in our group. Enjoy!
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Carrie Salo. I am a thriller author with a debut novel currently out there and on shelves. Above all else, I consider myself to be a storyteller – a weaver of intriguing tales. As a storyteller, I like to keep my reader on the edge of their seat (or up all night), reveal unexpected plot twists, and completely take you away from your everyday through character development. I tend to heavily lean towards the supernatural thriller – which means, if you have read anything from me and you weren’t pretty scared, I didn’t do my job. Besides being an avid reader of thrillers and many other genres, I credit my writing to a classical education as an English major at an Ivy League university. That education helps me bring together dark creativity with a very careful writing style. When I write a story, I want everything – the plot, the characters, the settings, the writing and the research – to work together seamlessly. I never want the reader to see what’s going on “behind the curtain.” For me, it’s all about taking you away for some deep thrills.
What is the title of your new book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
The title of my novel is The Sounding. It centers on the book of Revelation and how events in today’s world might bring the final prophecy to early fulfillment. It’s based in REAL history and REAL prophecy.
If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Elise is one of my main characters. She reluctantly agrees to help a secret society trying to keep the final prophecies in order and stop Armageddon from happening too soon. She has a very special gift – perhaps from God himself. Some of the other group members believe she is an angel, but she’s not exactly convinced. She has a very dark past. But, I’ll her tell you about it…
“You want to know how I did it? How I killed him? I turned-up. At least, I mean, that’s what I call it. I guess the best way to describe it is, I steal energy. It’s not like I have any superpowers of my own. I need someone else. It can be anything alive – plant, animal, human. Human is the best. I can get the most from a person. I just have to touch the object. I call it turning-up, because that’s what it’s like. I turn myself up. I don’t know how to describe it any better than that. I am just more aware of myself than I normally am. I clear my mind and focus on my hands. When I do it, I hear voices in my head, whispering. I can’t ever understand what they’re saying, but they get louder the longer I use... the thing I’m using. Once I turn-up, I can use this energy as I want. It’s like being on a drug, I guess. I can run faster, punch harder... So, I touched him and stole some of his strength, and then I used it on him – to tear his face off.”
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I am just beginning work on a second novel. However, it is unrelated to The Sounding (though the second-to-last page of The Sounding holds a clue to the book’s title…). This next book will be the first in a trilogy. I don’t want to give too much away, but immortality will be the major plot component. Like The Sounding, this trilogy will be based in REAL history and REAL prophecy. I always find the dark truths out there to be the most frightening.
What made you start writing and did you go down the path of self-publishing or did you seek out a publisher?
I wanted to be a writer pretty early on – in the second grade. My teacher gave me an extra credit assignment to write a short story. Being that it was near Halloween, I wrote a story about some children who get lost in a haunted wood. And that was it – I was hooked. I loved being able to imagine something incredible, something that made the world more exciting, and get credit for doing it! Many, many years later, my first novel was complete and I did opt to go the traditional publisher route. While traditional and self-publishing both have their strengths and weaknesses, going with a small press has been just the right step for me as I begin to build an audience and look to get the word out about my writing.
Is there an Author who has influenced you or one that you would really like to meet?
Honestly, I don’t think I have ever read a book that I did not learn something from. Definitely, the best way to learn to write is: to read what you like and use that to create your own style. My favorite author is Stephen King. His ability to create suspense is simply amazing and something I could study over and over and over again. He also is never afraid to face the scariest parts of the human mind. I don’t think there is anywhere he is uncomfortable going. His fearlessness inspires me – he is just an imagination-blowing storyteller. Beyond King, I have pretty eclectic tastes. Whenever I buy a book, I usually buy 2: one classic and one new. That way, I am always getting the best of today as well as the writers that came before. From the classics, one author that has really inspired me (from my days as a young reader) is L.M. Montgomery. She could make everyday life read like an adventure. I learned a love of character development and detailed writing from enjoying her books. Other inspirations include Michael Crichton, Sarah Waters, J.K Rowlings, Dean Koontz, Charlotte Bronte, and so many others.
What drew you to that genre? Or do you have more than one genre you write? What inspires you to tap into that creativity?
I write thrillers because I am drawn to them as a reader. I think fear is one of the hardest emotions to create in someone else, especially with just a word, and it’s a challenge I love. Thrillers, when done well, wield such incredible literary impact. A reader can be sitting in the safety of her living room, or reading her morning coffee in a busy coffee shop. And yet, if a thriller is doing its job, it can reach her and chill her even there. That said, I love many other genres. I’ve written everything from romance to drama, to literary. And, I like to write poetry on the odd writing day.
If you could time travel, even to a fictional place, where and what era would it be? Why?
I would love to see Renaissance France or Victorian England. I have a romantic liking of those time periods – their over-the-top society, dress and creativity. I would love to be a part of the opulence (and write about it of course!).
List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?
Is the Coffee Fresh? – Marc Renson
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe
The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters?
Let’s see if I can cast my close band of characters fighting off the end of the world…
Elise – Keira Knightley
Chris – Chris Pine (though he would have to be aged a bit…)
Francis – Kevin Spacey
Alan - Ian McKellen
Ok Now for some fun :) ….
Sleep in or get up early?
Tea or coffee?
Both. I’m an equal opportunity caffeinist
Sweet or Savory?
Ebook or paperback?
Paperback. I love how books smell!
One of your favorite quotes –
“Eligere Magistrum.” If I was going to get a tattoo (there’s still time…) this would be it. It is Latin for “Know your master”. It is a Roman saying – the roman’s believed that each person could only have one master in life. You could either choose passion, or reason. Every decision in life could be brought back to that one question – who is your master? The Romans theorized that as long as a person knew what ruled them and ALWAYS chose it, they would be happy. It would be a life of no regret, even if it is imperfect. For example, according to Eligere Magistrum, it would be far worse for a passionate person to go against their passion and choose a logical outcome than to simply choose their passion and live with the consequences. It’s all about the satisfaction of your choices; not a right or wrong outcome. So – who’s your master?
Lastly where can readers find you?
My website: www.carriesalo.com
My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarrieSalo
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7175685-carrie