In this weeks author spotlight, I meet up with the amazing Carol Ann Kauffman, author of Sea Witch, a Romantic Sci-fi/Fantasy
What is your book about?
Dr. Laura Martin, Chief Extraterrestrial Life Scientist at The Touchstone Institute of Oceanographic Research, noticed troubling but subtle changes in the Atlantic Ocean. Before she could make sense of it all, her longtime assistant abruptly walked out. Laura hired young, handsome Scott Conner to be her personal assistant. Mayhem ensued, mainly because of Zara, the mermaid/siren/monster in the basement of the Touchstone Institute, who eyed on Scott as her possible mate in a plot for total domination of planet Earth.
“The Touchstone Institute of Oceanographic Research is the most fantastic, exhilarating place on the planet to work. It is high energy, exciting, sometimes maddening, often frightening, heart pounding work. It’s not a job. It’s a lifetime commitment. It gets in your blood. It grabs you by the throat and possesses you, body and soul. And it is work. If you’re not prepared to work your ass off day in and day out, weekends, holidays, your birthday, and your mamma’s birthday, leave now.”
Note: Sea Witch is a Finalist in the Authors db 2015 Cover Contest. The beautiful cover is the work of my fabulous cover artist Beth Maddox of Cover It Up Designs.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always thought mermaids had a dark side. I wanted to show something to contrast Ariel and Madison from Splash.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
My favorite character is Dr. Scott Conner, Laura’s love interest and a man who will stop at nothing to save the woman he loves.
Least favorite to write was the military head of the operation, Major Torres. He had an untrustworthy flavor to him.
What draws you to this genre?
I love Sci-fi. It is my favorite kind of movie. from Star Wars to Star Trek, and all those little ones in between. Babylon 5, The Martian, etc. Just saw a new one on Netflix called The 100. Good storyline.
Do you write in any other genre?
Why, yes, I do! My first books were Romance that evolved into Women’s Adventure. I write Christmas stories that are Romance, Family, and Murder Mystery.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
It was supposed to be stand-alone. But I’ve been asked to write the sequel.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing?
My mother lost her sight when I was very young. It wasn’t pleasant. I was alone with her when I wasn’t in school. I started to write just to get things out of me. It was private. I could write what I dare not say. It was therapy.
Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself? I love M.C. Beaton of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth fame. She was and is my inspiration.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel? Angels and Demons by Dam Brown. I have been to those places in Italy and it seemed so incredibly real to me.
Have you written other books we should know about?
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Don’t give up. Don’t let people who never stretched themselves to accomplish something so vast and scary intimidate you into quitting. Glean what is pertinent from criticism, then step over the rest of it and keep going.
Where can we find your book?
Amazon - free on kindle unlimited
Where can we find out more about you?