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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Interview/Giveaway with Karyn Gerrard, author of Timeless Love




Interview with Karyn Gerrard, author of Timeless Love


1969—Underworld enforcer Joey Indelli didn't expect an English Regency Era carriage to appear before his very eyes in a thunderbolt of light. Inside he discovers a disoriented beauty, the honorable and delectable Catherine Worthington.

Catherine finds herself immediately attracted to her rough and very masculine rescuer but is determined to return to her home in 1821 Cornwall, England.
>Seeing the carriage appear in front of him, Indelli believes her story but is convinced she has no choice but to stay in 1969.
Will the love that develops between them fade with their parting or somehow keep them together and prove...timeless?



Hi Karyn!  Thank you so much for doing this interview with me!  Let’s jump right in! 

What can you tell us about Timeless Heart and Timeless Love? 

A carriage is traveling in a spring storm in 1821 Cornwall, England. Lightning strikes the carriage, and the occupants are scattered in ribbons of time. Timeless Heart follows hero Jerrod Ross and he lands in 2011. Timeless Love follows the only lady in the carriage, Catherine Worthington, she lands in 1969. Their rescuers also become their love interests. Will this love prove...timeless?

  

Was there a specific inspiration for your characters?  I’ve only read Timeless Heart so far, but I love the character of Jerrod.  He was a strong man, but it was fantastic to see him react to modern conveniences!

Sandra and Jerrod
Timeless Heart actually sprung from a dream I had as a teenager. I had a crush on a British actor Robin Ellis who was starring the costume drama 'Poldark'. (big hit in the late 70's) So I dreamed he came back in time, (the character) just for me! The dream was intense and stayed with me all these years so I turned it into a story.

I really had no one in mind for the other characters, except from my fevered imagination! I usually do try and find a visual (usually models) to work from.  Joey Indelli from Timeless Love was based on model Kent Edwards (google him, he's gorgeous!)
  
Time travel brought Jerrod and Sandra together in Timeless Heart, and continues in book 2, Timeless Love with Joey and Catherine.  If you could travel through time, when and where would you go?
The Victorian Age in London. And I would want to be rich, not one of those poor wretches from a Dickens novel begging in the streets.  I would want the breakfast tray in bed, the maids, the whole bit! Also, the Victorian Age is fascinating! Such advances, such a society.  Yet under the thin veneer of society was a seamy underbelly.  Also, I would just like an extended visit; I wouldn't want to stay there permanently. Unless a handsome, sexy Viscount in a starched cravat and very tight trousers convinced me!

Joey and Catherine
 Karyn, is there anything more you can tell us about the Timeless Hearts series?  What’s to come?
I wish I knew! At this point in time (no pun intended!) There are no plans. There are still two more guys in the carriage (and the driver and horses!) I have put this on the back burner for now and will revisit in the fall. I didn't intend for this to be a series, so I have a lot of thinking and plotting to do before I continue.

 Now you also have a review website called The Romanorum.  How do you deal with being on both ends of the book spectrum, as an author and  as a reader/reviewer?
I reviewed books before I was published. But since I have been published, I have had to cut way back.  I also made the decision as soon as I was published not to review any books from any publisher I had any dealings with.  I now have expanded that to taking all ebooks off the table, but it's been more of a time crunch than anything else. I still rate a few ebooks on Goodreads, but no long, written review.

My opinion on reviews is I don't post anything under 2.5 stars. (out of 5) I'm not going to savage a book, there is enough nastiness in the world.  I held that opinion before I was published, but now that I am, I feel even more strongly about it. A writer pours their heart and soul and sweat into a book, I'm not going to publicly shred it. I think a little respect goes a long way.

I throw quite a few books in my recycle bag, but I'm not going publicly state what books I didn't like or could not finish.  I also try and thank anyone who reviews my books. I really appreciated it when authors contacted me to thank me for a review on their book.  I also think a little politeness goes a long way.


Can you tell us how you first became an author?  Did you know this is what you wanted to do your whole life?
 I did a lot of writing in my teens and early twenties then something called life happened. I am a voracious reader but only started reading Romance about six years ago.  I started posting stories on-line using the Sims 2 as a visual and that led to me writing a few manuscripts.  Sim stories is a thriving community and I met a lot of wonderful people. I also learned how to create characters and plot. I still use the game as a visual story board to plan out plots. I enclose a shot from Timeless Heart and one from Timeless Love! Cool, isn't it? And isn't Joey adorable? lol! Who would have thought that a game would lead me to be a published author?

I submitted Timeless Heart with no expectations at all. When it was accepted within 24 hours, I was stunned. I continue to learn, grow and improve as a writer.  It has interested me my whole life, and I am in a position now I have the time to indulge my plotting fun.  When this ceases to be fun to me, I will no longer do it. Meanwhile, I'm having a blast!


And what exciting projects do you have in the works?  I see a few tasty sounding synopsis's on your website!
 Wow, got lots of irons in the fire. I have two more releases this spring. BLACK DESIRE is book 2 in my paranormal series with Evernight Publishing. Also June 30, I have HEART OF ROCK coming out from Silver Publishing about an Irish rock star in 1974. As you can tell, I love writing in multiple genres and time periods. I am also about to submit my first historical, a Victorian era Xmas erotic romance. Fingers crossed! Also working on a project with my friend and critique partner.  I also plan to take the summer off. The hubs is a teacher and we have a couple of trips planned.


And the easy stuff… 
Favorite Travel Destination?  Back home to Nova Scotia, Canada during the summers to lie on the beach! I have a trip to the UK on my radar; I really want to travel to Ireland and Scotland. In the next five years

Coffee or Tea? Tea all the way. Serious tea drinker. Lady Grey or Earl Grey, I don't discriminate! lol!

If you were an animal, what would you be? One of those big cats, like a panther!

If you were on a desert island, what book would you bring? That's tough, as my tastes change constantly as do my favorites lists.  As of right now, I would say 'Simply Magic' by Mary Balogh. One of the first romances I read and it pulled me in.

What is your favorite genre to read? I would say the first genre I ever read in romance is still my favorite, historical.


And one last thing!  I recognize these pictures as characters from Sims 2.  Do you play? Yes, I played the game! Moving my characters around in the game and taking shots in-game as I did made them come alive for me and the story easier to write.

 Ok, I just wanted to say thank you so much for talking with me today!  Best of luck on all of your upcoming releases!!
 Thanks so much Liz and thanks for having me here today!


I want to offer a PDF copy of TIMELESS LOVE! Just tell me in a comment below, what Liz asked me, 'if you could go any place, any time, where would you go? '
And just go with the fantasy, it doesn't have to be a permanent trip~ Cheers

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Karyn Gerrard Author Site KARYN GERRARD
FACEBOOK:  Karyn Gerrard
TWITTER:   @Karyn Gerrard














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60 comments:

  1. What a fantastic interview! If I could go anywhere in time it'd have to be Victorian! I'd love to wear those fancy dresses. I then would hunt down Mr. Darcy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Chrissy! Oh, can you imagine getting to wear those dresses, it'd be just like a fairytale! :)

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    2. Thanks Chrissy, oh YAY another for the Victorian Age~ Cheers for entering~

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  2. Great interview! I entered the giveaway and hope I win! :) Love your blog, Liz. Karyn, I can't wait to read one of your books! :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! You will love Karyn's stories, I'm sure! Good luck on the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks so much Sarah, thanks for entering!

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  3. Hi!
    I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland, with the highlanders but the one we read about in romance novel! :P Everything seem so easy and natural! I would love to live there with my Highland Lord! Thanks for this chance :)

    Proserpine

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  4. Great interview! I entered and hope I can win! Love this concept

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  5. Thanks for a great post! I'd have to say that I'd love to visit either ancient Egypt or medieval Japan.

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    1. Wow, great choices! Thanks for entering~

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    2. I agree, really great choices! I want to go too :) Good luck!

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  6. If I could go any where in my fantasies...I think I would love to go to the lost city of Atlantis. :)

    Great interview...! Ty for the giveaway...I entered.

    Nichelle aka Nikki Prince

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    1. Nikki that is a great choice! Sexy mermen! Thanks for entering~

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    2. Thanks for stopping by! Atlantis would be awesome! Good luck :)

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  7. I would go back in time to when I was a child. I lived in what I felt was a wonderful fantasy world. ;-)

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    1. Aww Dynie, that is wonderful! I would too actually, just to see my grandparents again, thanks for entering ~

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  8. I can't decide when in time I would like to go back to. I would love to be there when a lot of history's mysteries occurred to it would not be a mystery to me- building Stonehenge or the pyramid, disappearances of the Princes in the Tower etc.

    This story sounds great and I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. That is a great idea, to check out history's mysteries! Thanks for entering Sophia!

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    2. Ooh, I second the pyramids! Very cool! Good luck!

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  9. I think I'd like to go to ancient Egypt. I've always wanted to see the pyramids and the sphinx. Not that I want to take part in creating them if I go back in time, I'd just like to learn to read all those writings on the cave walls.
    I really enjoyed the post, thanks for sharing.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks Julianne and another for ancient Egypt, I think it would be a cool trip, too! Thanks for entering!

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    2. Egypt seems to be a big attraction. I must admit, that would definitely be something to see. And a chance to be like Cleopatra? Absolutely!

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  10. I'd love to travel back to the Victorian era...but ONLY if I could be assured I would have explicit use of a hand maiden to help me dress, bathe, do my hair....yadda, yadda. Yes, I want to be spoiled! Besides...I'd have absolutely no idea how to get into any of that stuff and for as long as I'm gonna be there...be it 10 minutes or 10 days...I wanna look STUNNING! LOL!

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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    1. Barbara I agree about the Victorian Age, as long as I was rich, I'd go in a heartbeat. Thanks for entering!

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    2. Definitely, having a hand maiden would definitely make the trip a lot easier!

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  11. If I could go anywhere it would be colonial America. I would love to see what we read about in history class as well as experience the birth of this great country!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  12. Great interview!
    I'd love to travel back in time to Ancient Egypt and Scotland. The first because I've always been fascinated with the Egyptian Pharaohs and the pyramids and the latter because I would love to meet one of those hot Highlanders. I'd love to find out what all the fuss is all about i.e. a man in a kilt :)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

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    1. Hai-Yen, Oh Scotland! Hot highlanders, my favorite! Love a laddie that can grip a big sword *ahem* Thanks for entering~

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    2. Definitely have to second that on the highlanders! Very sexy!

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  13. ancient greece, medieval europe or regency europe
    and by "europe", i mean england, france, scotland, ireland, spain, italy, russia, denmark, and more :D

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    1. Ancient Greece, that would be exciting! and Medieval Europe, thanks so much for entering~

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  14. I would go to the time gladiators fought in Rome. It's all about Spartacus for me:)

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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    1. Oooo, love Spartacus! Nothing like a man in a leather thong wielding a huge sword! *cough* Thanks for entering!

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    2. Oooh, it doesn't get much hotter than a gladiator, now does it? ;) Thanks for stopping by yadkny!

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  15. I would go travel to the Victorian era!! Oh and going to ancient Scotland to, because i want see a highlander.
    Thank you for this giveaway!!

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    1. Oh yay, another for the Victorian Age! I second the Highlander thing, thanks for entering~

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    2. Fantastic choices! Good luck on your entry!

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  16. I would like to thank you for an apsolutely fantastic book giveaway & for a brilliant question too! I would have to say the Jane Austen era which is full of elegance, decadence & chivalry and where one can be swept off their feet- litterally with the dancing! Xx

    From: Miss. Lucinda Fountain
    Email: lfountain1@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. Oh The regency Era! Men in tall boots and tight breeches, it was an elegant time. Thanks for entering Lucinda!

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    2. Lucinda, as always you are just a sweetheart! Thanks for stopping by!! :)

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  17. I'd love to visit a historic Scotland. I want to see those castles when they were in use.

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    1. I think Scotland would be superb! Good luck!

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    2. Scotland is certainly on my list, thanks for entering!

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  18. I want to go to a different world - this is a fantasy right? =)
    I love Anne McCaffrey's Pern series; the 1st few ones anyway upto Dragonsinger which was my fav. I'd love to be a dragon rider or a harper like Menolly.

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    1. Absolutely fantasy. Wonderful choice! Thanks for entering!

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    2. That sounds fabulous! Can you imagine how awesome it would be to be a dragon rider?? Good luck!

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  19. I would go to one ball in the Victorian era and then come back-- i would miss my kindle too much and my kids LOL

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    1. Oh yay another for the Victorian Age~ I would only want to go for a short trip too. Thanks for entering~

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  20. Naturally Victorian era. I've been reading historical romances most of my time (even though it's mostly YA this year) and is really intrigued by the Victorian society and the balls!

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    1. I am so intrigued by Victorian era too. Thanks for entering!

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    2. I would kill to be able to wear one of those ball gowns and boogie down with some Victorian man-hottie! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  21. Great interview!! I love the victorian age, too but I think the 1920's would be interesting to visit. I love the long dresses and all the lace, the hats, gloves, etc.

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    1. Thanks Gezele! Oh, the 1920's, that would be cool! Thanks so much for entering!

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  22. I would go back to Jamaica. I had a chance to stay in a villa with a cook, butler and maid as part of my trip (bought it through my local PBS station). I've always wanted to go back and visit more of the island and see things that I missed the last time.

    Lynn
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

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    1. That definitely sounds like a dream vacation!

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