Today I welcome Carol Holland March to the blog to answer a few questions for Interview³.
Carol Holland March Author Interview³
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
I rewrote my first novel too many times to count. Persistence matters.
I learn lots about who I am as a person from what I write, usually after the fact.
I love writing. I even love rewriting. I struggle with marketing (not so much fun as silly)
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Lyrical, spiritual, imaginative.
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Ursula Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, Mary Renault
4) Share your 3 favourite books
Kirith Kirin, The Persian Boy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
My laptop, a thesaurus, and a device that keeps me off the Internet when I’m writing.
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
I write at home, in the Flying Star Care (where if you sit there long enough, you’ll meet everyone you know) and sometimes in the UNM Library which is very, very quiet.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list.
Publish with a high-selling romance publisher like Carina.
Finish my historical fantasy romance (set in ancient Sumer, lots of research needed)
Write a memoir about my sweet dog Buddy who left me recently after many happy years.
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t give up.
Don’t listen to the voice of resistance.
Learn, rewrite, and write some more.
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
The third volume of my Dreamwalkers of Larreta trilogy, Kalong, is due out in a few months. I’m very excited about completing the journey of the dreamwalkers.
I hope to finish Diviner of Dreams, the historical fantasy romance.
I would love to publish a story in a higher-end short market, like Clarksworld or Shimmer.
10) Tell us about your latest release
The Tyro is the first book in the Dreamwalkers of Larreta trilogy and the first book I wrote. The idea of writing about a parallel world where the society was built on egalitarianism and acceptance for all forms of love came to me many years ago. It took a lot of learning and rewriting to mold into a publishable took. I never expected it to grow into a trilogy!
The main characters Jesse and Leo and their friends, Valerie and Sara, have danced in my mind for so long, they feel like family. Their adventures upon returning to Larreta, their ancestral home, parallels the struggles of two sister worlds to continue their evolution so the dreamwalkers can continue to educate themselves on earth. As the dreamwalkers learn and grow, they bring back knowledge that can only be gained by experiencing mortal life. Only the human experience gives them the key to life in the higher worlds.
The Tyro is a story of both adventure and inner struggle that I hope you will try and enjoy.
The Dreamwalkers of Larreta Book 1
Carol Holland March
The Tyro is a fantasy romance with a primary m/m relationship and secondary f/f and m/f relationships. The sex is mildly explicit but not erotic.
Time rifts are forming and swallowing everything in their path. If they continue, they could spread to Earth and create more destruction.
The Mentor of Larreta snatches Leo from Earth, where he fled to escape his failures, to team with Jesse, the newcomer who holds the secret to the rifts. Jesse swears he and Leo are old friends, but Leo can’t remember him.
Leo’s memories must surface so he and Jesse can create a passage through time and space. But he must face the pain of his past and form a bond of trust with Jesse before it is too late.
A romantic adventure through time and space to save two worlds. Can the dreamwalkers save each other before their mysterious enemy completes her plan?
Carol Holland March lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the last places where the veil between the worlds is visible. She writes about the intersection of dreams, reality, and time, and, of course, love. She has published short fiction in various magazines and anthologies. Her books are published by Ellysian Press and Fireborn Publishing.