I’m interviewing Karin Cox today, the author of “Cruxim” and “Creche”, fantasy / paranormal romance novels. Thanks for answering my questions, Karin! My questions are bolded, responses are regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Staying motivated and not giving up when a scene (or a plot, or an entire book!) gets tough. Sometimes the only way to move forward, for me at least, is to write out the rocky patches. I can decide to stop and research more or to re-plot, but sometimes they serve as distractions and are best done at editorial stage. The best way to work things out is often just to let my imagination go and it will usually come up with a solution, most likely at 4 in the morning when I’m trying to get some shut-eye.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Creche?
Creche is the sequel to Cruxim, a gothic paranormal romance featuring Amedeo, a lonely, tortured “fallen angel” who knows little of his past except his urge to kill Vampires, which becomes especially unfortunate when the woman he loves, Joslyn, is turned into one. When his Vampire enemy, Beltran, also destroys another of Amedeo’s loves, the Sphinx Sabine, teaming up with an evil freakshow owner who has captured and exploited them both, Amedeo seeks his retribution.
In Creche, Amedeo continues his war with Beltran and his need to protect those he loves, but he is also destined to learn more about where he comes from and who he really is, as well as about the divine path he and Sabine have been set on. For the first time in his life, he meets others of his kind, including the beautiful female Cruxim Skylar, in the gleaming, mountainous “Creches” where Cruxim make their home. But can they be trusted? And is their holy book, the Cruximus, the truth about Amedeo’s origins, or a cleverly concealed lie?
Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
It is part of a trilogy (Cruxim, Creche, and Creed), and I’m working on the final book in the series, CREED, now and hope to release it in early 2014.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
What are you working on now?
I usually always have several novels on the go at the same time, so that when I get hopelessly stuck with one and ignore my first rule of writing (write on through!), I can turn to something else and still be productive. My main focus at the moment is finishing the first draft of Creed, but I am also halfway through writing a young adult romance called What the Sea Wants, a dystopian novel titled Float, and a contemporary romance novel that will be published under a pen name in 2014.
Author: Karin Cox
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Still grieving the loss of Joslyn and the Sphinx Sabine, and craving revenge upon Beltran, his Vampire nemesis, Amedeo the Cruxim is destined to learn more about his past in the sequel to Karin Cox’s critically acclaimed gothic paranormal romance Cruxim.
When he meets a female of his own kind, Skylar, who takes him to the hidden stronghold of Silvenhall Creche to learn Cruxim lore, the secrets revealed in the holy book of the Cruximus, and the lies told to him by his own kind, force Ame to question who he is really is, where his loyalties lie, and whether there is anything he desires more than vengeance.
Praise for Cruxim…
“I highly recommend Cruxim to lovers of true gothic horror and paranormal genres. This story provides a fresh spin on old-world vampire lore. I will be stalking this author for the rest of this series and beyond!” Toni Lesatz, My Book Addiction
“I absolutely can’t wait to read the next installment in this series, Creche. This, to me, is like the next Anne Rice series. There’s a love story alongside some pretty gruesome and evil stuff. I like the contrast and the fact that both can live in harmony in a very well-written, character-driven novel. Bravo to the author, Ms. Karin Cox!” Kathy from Literary R&R
“I loved how the author was able to bring what was usually mortal enemies and have them work together to resolve the conflicts the characters encounter.” Rachel at The Jeep Diva
“Cruxim is filled with passion, revenge, action, and love all mixed together to form this story that is unlike any I’ve ever read. The ending had me in near in tears, but now I have to find out what fate lies ahead for Amedeo in the next book!” Sarah Jones, Give it to Cupcake Blog.
“I fell in love with the Cruxim. Amedeo is like no other paranormal hero. He’s not infallible. He bleeds, he grieves, he suffers in affairs of the heart and personal conscience. He must make choices that no man, or angel, should ever have to make. I recommend this debut novel by Karin Cox.” Bestselling Author Carol Davis Luce
“I thought the blend of paranormal and mythology brilliant. The grammar flawless. The prose, poetic. If I could give this book a higher rating, I would. It is simply the most intriguing, creative and original paranormal I’ve ever read.” Tara West from the Book Eclective
A wonderfully new, and fresh novel of vampire lore. A dark world of a wide range of oddities. It’s a story that you must read to understand the complex array of characters, and the remarkable way that Ms Cox has woven this phenomenal world in which they exist in. Karin Cox is most definitely an author that I will and look forward to reading more of in the future.” Anne from Angel Anne’s Reviews
Karin Cox is an Australian editor and Whitley-Award-winning author. Since her first book was published in 2004, she has had more than 30 titles published across a range of genres, from children’s fiction and non-fiction, to novels, to non-fiction social history, natural history guides, and educational and coffee-table books. She is the author of Cruxim (a gothic paranormal romance novel) and its sequel Creche, Cage Life and Crows & Other Beasts (both dark, literary short stories), Hey, Little Sister and Pancakes on Sunday (illustrated picture books), and Growth (an anthology of poetry). Karin lives in Australia with her long-suffering fiancé, her daughter, her two dogs, and a cat with the improbable name of “Ping Pong.” You can follow her on Twitter (@Authorandeditor), or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KarinCox.Author or http://www.karincox.com. Sign up for her mailing list to be alerted to new releases http://eepurl.com/vk_bP