Friday, March 29, 2013

I Kissed a Dog by Carol Van Atta

Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included, and lots of bunnies were involved), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie's Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she's an ex-80's chick.
Devouring books from numerous genres, Carol developed a deep thirst/hunger for more reading material, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book.
She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetland of Oregon with a terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. (Though you can check out her latest spiritual suspense novel, Soul Defenders). It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered too suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out.
Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.
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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to write something that I’d enjoy reading. A story that had loads of fun, adventure, suspense, and a feisty heroine, who would find herself stretched beyond her limits, and an alpha male who made me swoon. I hope I accomplished what I set out to. I’d like to think that I did.


Q) How long did it take you to write?
About a year. I also work a fulltime “day job,” care for my mom, and single parent a teenage girl, AND have son in college. I’m busy to say the least. I’m sure most of your readers can relate!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The adventure! My characters seem to have their own ideas about what should happen, making the process a journey of revelations and shocking surprises.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
That I don’t do enough of it each day! Sometimes my busy life distracts me. I love the whole writing process once I am able to get to it.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Um … shoot. I’d like to be me as a famous author. Hey! Does that work? I’d love to have a larger reader platform. What author doesn’t want that? Right?

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Yikes! Some milk. Let’s just say it is past the deadline more than a few days. Icky!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Book two in the Werewolves of the West Series, She Kissed a Vampire, and a new book involving a gin, genie, and a whole lot of supernatural shenanigans. The title is Bottle Banished: Dreaming of Genie. The covers for both these books are incredible. At least I think so!

Thank you for having me.

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1 comment:

Carol Van Atta said...

Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop on my book's tour.