Caryn Mahan, a woman of many talents and interests decided to take up her pen about ten years ago. She has always been an avid reader, so the craft of wordsmithing seemed to be the next step.
Between silversmithing, raising Boston Terriers, caring for her aging horse she writes, hopefully well.
What is your dream destination vacation spot?
That’s a tough one. Beach or forest? I’d have to find a beach bordered by a wooded area.
If you could have lunch with any four authors who ever lived, who would be at your table?
Edgar Allen Poe, Victor Hugo, Socrates, and Carol O’Connell
What is your most precious time of the day?
I’m a three am kinda person. Love the quiet.
How much research do you do for your novels?
Depends on the subject. But I do research things in each one. Like Norse mythology and law enforcement on a reservation for Battle of the Wolves. There were more small things.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
I attempted it. Sigh, probably the wrong fit.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Why do you write?
For many reasons, but mainly because I love words. How the meaning changes when you move them around or pair them with others. How one shows the inner workings of a character’s mind. And It has always been a goal hanging in the back of my mind while I worked and raised my four children.
Where do your ideas come from?
Lots of places but mostly they just pop into my head. In the wee hours of morn, like three am.
Where can you see yourself in 5 year’s time?
Over seventy years of age, just kidding. Still writing but hopefully with some success.
What is your favorite quote?
There is nothing to writing. All you do is
sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I am a pantser at heart but realized the real need to at least have a broad outline, especially when the word count rises. I just need to allow room for intuitive leaps of creativity. I don’t like being in a box.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Typing – The End
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It took me many years to write my YA Scifi/Thriller. But about six months for a 40k word book.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
YES! Many days I’ve sat and stared at a blank page, and the only thing that happens is doubt creeps in. So, I just free think type. Sometimes it works and I can move ahead but others all I get is gobbledygook.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
I give it a week. I’ve reread and edited it every time I start to write new words, its my process.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Sometimes the reviewer is just mean and wants to feel good about their supposed superiority. Not that I have ever gotten a review from someone like that, but I’ve read them. Bad reviews can point out weaknesses in your book. And if you are humble and eager for improvement you will listen (unless it is the aforementioned superior, mean reviewer) and learn from your mistakes. Good reviews are nice, a great validation of your efforts.
THE BATTLE OF THE WOLVES
A battle is coming. Evil wings its way into Patience’s life, like having an alcoholic father isn’t enough, she now must find the courage to confront an evil beyond her imaginings. Who will survive the coming monstrosity?
In the days of long ago, a horrific tragedy takes place in the upper Northwest of America. A newlywed young woman is attacked and killed by fur hunters. Her husband races to save her and fails, dying at her side. Ancestral spirits rise in anger at the vicious, callous attack and give the cabin special gifts to protect and guard against evil in all its forms. The young couple and their friend, a wolf, become part of the cabin, their souls live on. This is an origin story.
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