Before we get started with Author Open MIC’s next guest. I want to send out a word of thanks to our veteran subscribers and those that have joined in recent months. It has been an exciting and busy time. Since the beginning of the new year, we have met some phenomenal authors. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. If you know of an author, writer or even bloggers or readers you would like to have interviewed or stop over for a visit, drop me an email (murray(dot)jeanm(at)gmail(dot)com and their contact information, and I will certainly try to get them here.
So, without further delay, let me introduce my next guest, Charlene A. Wilson, the author of One for Kami. Charlene was nice enough to provide me a copy to read before this interview. I’ve not had many opportunities to read a novella, but after reading Charlene’s I know now why they are so popular. Charlene has written a fabulous love story in 38 pages. They are like perfect bite size candies. Outstanding for me and my busy schedule, when I can’t delve into a full length novel. Not to mention One for Kami is only $0.99 on Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charlene A. Wilson
Creating worlds where dreams become reality.
Charlene is an author of paranormal tales that take you away to other dimensions. She weaves magic, lasting love, and intrigue to immerse you into the lives of her characters.
She began writing in her early teens when her vivid dreams stayed with her long after she had them. The characters and worlds were so amazing that she brought them to life through her books.
Author site: http://CharleneAWilson.com
Hi, Charlene. Welcome to Wicked Romance and a spotlight we call Author Open MIC.
Thank you for having me here today, Jean.
How did you get into writing? Was it something you were born with or did you discover your hidden talent?
Oh, I was writing short stories when I was a youth and I’d make my friends listen as I read them. Lol. Bless their hearts. But not long ago I ran into a woman that asked if I still wrote stories. She explained that she had visited with one of her friends during an activity and, as usually, I had shared one. It was called Misty Moon, and she remembered that little story and told me that she would tell it to her children at bedtime. What a surprise! After many years (and I won’t say how many *wink*) she remembered that. Made me feel so good.
Tell us a little about the genre/s you write. What attracted you to write about them?
I think about 90% of my stories are Science Fiction/Fantasy. I do have some contemporary ones in the works, but my imagination just doesn’t fit in that category. Most of my books take place in other dimensions or add the supernatural to our own. I’ve always loved to escape into new worlds where everything was possible. I can see normal things every day, so when I want to be entertained, I like to experience something unique. It’s definitely colored my writing.
Being a novel writer, I’m always fascinated by writers who can write short stories but still have an amazing amount of depth and emotion as a longer novel. What challenges are there when writing a novella versus a novel? How do you overcome these challenges?
Honestly, I struggled to write One for Kami. My mind kept wanting to create more to the story than was necessary. My novels are complicated and all are parts of series that have big underlying plots. It was hard for me to keep it trim and not veer into multiple layers. I had to keep it close to Kami’s point of view and the backbone of the story.
I’ve had a chance to read this book and I love it. Please share with us about your female lead, Kami.
Oh, Kami is an idealist. She’s naïve and believes a perfect world exists somewhere, and to her, a perfect world is where two lovers pledge their hearts and live happily ever after. In her own dimension, Two-Eight-Five, this is only possible (as far as she’s concerned) if the man is from the devastated lower class where they can take only one wife. She was born into an elite family, an only child of her father’s third required wife. She saw the loneliness her mother experienced as he spent most of his attention on the other two families and vowed that would not happen to her. After all, if someone loves you, they want you and only you. Period.
When she meets Ian, he’s sporting a t-shirt and jeans, throwing a sock tied into a knot for a scruffy little dog to catch at the park. Obviously, too poor to afford better, and she thinks he’s from the lower class. And after the third date of peanut butter sandwich pic-nicks by the park, she’s certain of it—who of the elite class elects such a simple activity for date much less is seen in public dressed like that? He didn’t boast of his securities or holdings. Their conversations centered around nature and service to the poor. Definitely not the same as the other elite men she’d encountered. And when a woman happened by and he introduced her as his second KaVilla, the formal name for mother, Kami could have died. She was in love with him…with an elite; which meant someday she would have to share him.
That was so not happening. She leaves her home realm, and Ian, in search of one true love. She wasn’t prepared for what she found.
To be fair, tell us about Ian. Although this book is written from Kami’s point of view, what is going on with Ian behind the scenes?
Oh, so much is going on with Ian! It’s one of the reasons I had a hard time keeping One for Kami a short. He’s a romantic and had pushed the limit when it came to getting married. He’s twenty-four, and by twenty-five, a man should have at least married once. But he was looking for the right woman to begin his life with, and he found that woman in Kami. He’s in love with her and refuses to accept that it’s the end. His family tells him to just pick someone to avoid the harsh punishments for not complying to the law. They fix him up with several, trying to get him to wed before the deadline. But he loves Kami, can’t get her out of his heart and mind.
Despite Kami’s goodbye, Ian has a plan of his own.
Where did you come up with the idea of this alternate dimension? Did some thought or picture inspire the creation of your new world?
Actually, One for Kami is one of the few stories I’ve written that didn’t come from a dream. Not directly, anyway. When Kami entered my mind, this redheaded romantic twirled in the Arboretum scene of a story I was working on and wouldn’t leave. I considered adding her to one of my other books, but she just didn’t fit in those circumstances. But I knew this sweet girl needed to tell her story. It ended up being One for Kami.
What are you cooking up next? What can readers expect?
Right now, I’m in deep revision with a Science Fiction/Fantasy which is book one of my Aumelan series, Aumelan. It has strong romantic elements and takes the reader from deep in the caverns of the World Beneath the Rock to the World of the Sun as Chad searches for a cure to his people’s limitation. They can’t produce life-sustaining energy and require a host to survive. There’s a lot of moral, political, and placement issues in these books and some of it isn’t pretty. But the heart has no boundaries, even though nations do. Three books are written so far, with one more to finish out the series. I look forward to having Aumelan ready to submit this year.
Where can readers find you and your books?
Author site & blog: http://CharleneAWilson.com
And you can find the books at: http://www.amazon.com/Charlene-A.-Wilson/e/B004L3647K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Open MIC FAV 5
- Favorite hero or heroine: My mind has been wrapped around Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown lately, so I’ll have to go with Jalmari ta Korento and Ema Marx.
- Favorite author: There are several, but I enjoy LaVyre Spencer and J.K. Rowling.
- Favorite music to write by: If I use music, I end up singing along. Lol. So I write to the music of my wind chimes that hang outside my window. J
- Favorite inspiration: So many of my stories have evolved from vivid dreams. I definitely would classify them as my inspiration.
- Most memorable writing moment: The day I started writing Aumelan. I started at word one and it poured out of me. I didn’t realize I had over 400 thousand words and the equivalent of three and a half books when I paused to check how long it was getting. Such an amazing experience!
Can love be true if shared with more than one? Kami doesn’t think so when she finds Ian is an elite and required to take three wives to eliminate the poverty-stricken population. Why can’t he be poor the way she thought he was when she fell in love with him?
Determined to find a realm that doesn’t have such dictates, she travels to dimension Three-Two-Three to begin her search. But is love truer in a place that only allows one spouse than it is in Ian’s heart?
Available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/OneforKami
File Size: 168 KB
Print Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Oracle Bay Books
What they’re saying
“Sweet, romantic, and heartfelt. A great introduction to the author’s world.”—J.D. Brown Book Club
“One for Kami is a story that will have you willing to give up everything for your one true love.”—Annette, Gothic Mom’s Book Reviews
“[Wilson] spins a tale of true love spanning time and dimensions that will inspire the reader to sacrifice everything to find their soul mate.”—Debbie, Read2Review
Kami’s blouse bunched up her back as she slid down the wide oak’s trunk. Bark grazed her skin and snagged her hair with its aged layers until her bottom hit the ground. She cringed at the sharp pangs. Folding her knees to her chest, she buried her face in her arms and welcomed the punishment. Hurting Ian pained her more than anything she’d done in her life.
Autumn leaves crunched beneath his footsteps as he paced the woodland’s small clearing. Each stride matched two beats of her heart and crushed the sweet memories of their grove. Dust scented the air as he shuffled into a turn.
“Why are you just now telling me this?” His breath hitched and he cleared his throat.
Words wouldn’t form as Kami lifted her gaze.
Setting his hands at his slender waist, his hazel gaze shifted to the shadows of the young birch trees. A cloud of insects drifted through the pale trunks, soft hums filling the air as they paused. Wiping his hand across his strong jaw, he looked back at her.
“You know I love you, Kami.”
Tears stung as they seeped beneath her lids and she blinked to relieve the burn. “I need to be the only one, Ian. I can’t know you might love someone else more than me when you choose another wife.”
She lowered her gaze to the thick roots that surrounded her. They wove within the caramel-colored ground, creating a perfect lounge for two lovers in an embrace. How many times had they sat there and shared their secrets, their love? How many times had he told her she was the one, the only one? She cursed the fact that she was gullible enough to believe it could be true.
Kami forced her voice through her tight throat. “When I first saw you, you were playing with that scruffy looking little dog in the park. Its hair was so long and matted I thought you couldn’t afford to pay a groomer. I thought that sock with the knot in it was all you could come up with to be his toy.”
He lowered his gaze. “That stray lives at the park and I removed my sock to have some fun with him.”
“I know that now. But then I assumed you were poor. And after the third date of peanut butter sandwich picnics by the river, I thought I knew for certain. I mean, who could love peanut butter that much? And what member of the elite class prefers such a simple activity for a date?”
She scanned his solemn countenance. His love of nature was one of the things she adored about him, alongside the fact that he didn’t feel the need to flaunt his wealth. But to keep such a fact from her under the circumstances… “I fell in love with you, believing you would make me the one choice you were allowed as a member of the lower class.”
A gust of wind lifted his black hair to dance around his face. The cheery motion seemed to mock his lips as they dipped into a deep frown. “If it were up to me, I’d have only you. Can’t you believe that? I’ve waited, pushed the age limit to wed, looking for the right one to be my first. My first, Kami. The others will never mean what you do to me.”
“If you really love me, you’d want me alone. No other. Period.” Frustration bubbled in her chest at her misconception of their love.
He tilted his head and bit his lips together. “I can’t help that I was born an elite. If it were possible…”
“If it were possible, what? You’d give up your birthright and join the ranks of the vagabonds who can’t afford food for the one wife and child they’re allowed? Or you’d buck the system and refuse to wed the other two? That would only land you earthbound, exiled to a foreign dimension, and stripped of everything but the clothes you wear. And while you’re considering it, I’d advise you to wear a thick coat and heavy boots because I hear they choose some pretty rough climates for those who refuse to live by this law.”
The sarcastic response rolled off her tongue before she realized it, but she didn’t care. It wasn’t right. None of the counsel’s decisions on eliminating poverty was. The lower class weds one spouse and bears only one child while the elite must choose three and produce as many offspring that would come to them? It was absurd.
Find another way to spread the wealth than through inheritance.
She looked at him, and her voice rose with her exclamation. “I can’t stay here and conform to the laws of this dimension. Not when I know there are other places that don’t require such things. I need the freedom to love whomever I want whoever they are, without the stipulation of a quota. And if that means transferring, then that’s what I’ll do.”
“If your mother was alive…”
“Well, she’s not.” Kami scowled. She had expected him to try to bring her mother into this, but it hurt just the same. “But, I can’t believe she wouldn’t want me to be happy. She was one of a quota, Ian, one that had only one child. Father’s attention stayed on the others.”
Ian’s broad shoulders lifted as he took a deep breath and sent his gaze back to the trees.
“I’m leaving for a six-month stay in Three-Two-Three. With me gone, you’ll be free to start your family before you turn twenty-five. I won’t stand in your way to fulfill your obligation. You’ll have time to find a woman that will happily live by the law.” Her voice lowered to a mumble. “And I won’t have to see you do it.”
Ian’s heavy brow furrowed and his dark lashes narrowed his gaze. “And what will happen if you find someone while you’re there? That realm doesn’t know we exist, Kami. What will you tell him when you leave every six months to come back to renew your travel rights?”
“When I choose someone, it will be because our love is true. He’ll understand I need some time away.”
His mouth dropped open and he shook his head. “What love that’s true has those kinds of secrets?” A scowl crossed his face and he drew his hand through the air. “And what makes you think a love there would be truer than my love here?”
“They choose only one. They pledge their hearts and it lasts a lifetime.”
“Promises can be broken whichever realm you’re in.” Orange and yellow leaves scattered as he marched across the small tract and sunk to the ground before her. Taking her hands in his, he looked into her eyes. “Stay here. Marry me. Be my elite choice. There can be only one first time, and I want it to be you. Let it be enough.”
It took all of Kami’s strength to look away. She clenched her jaw, trying to control the hiccup that would surely release a sob.
Ian shook his head and his voice lowered to a plea. “Please, Kami. Don’t go.”
She pinched her lips together and the hiccup forced its way to her throat. Snatching her breath, she kept it silent, but it jarred her into action. “The consort has already granted my leave. I’ve taken the training and temporary employment is waiting for me. If I can make it work, I’ll arrange to stay longer.”
The frank tone of her voice gave her strength as she stood. “Goodbye, Ian.”
Ian’s hands slowly released her as he rose and stepped back. His square jaw flexed. “Never say goodbye. This isn’t the end.”
Tearing her gaze from his hazel eyes, Kami focused her thoughts on the Inter-dimensional Courtyard. A wave of heat sizzled through her veins as her elements prepared to shift through space. The scene before her distorted and a soft fizz buzzed in her ears as she synced into the atrium.
Available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/OneforKami
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