Inkwell Guest: An Interview with Karilyn Bentley
Hello, lovely readers! Today I have fellow Plotting Princess on the blog – the lovely and talented Karilyn Bentley. She’s here to talk about her smoking hot new release, Warrior Lover. Oh and answer a few little questions for me. Please say hi to Karilyn!
Your recent release is WARRIOR LOVER. How about a blurb?
As a Watcher, a guardian warrior of the Draconi, Enar has never fit in with his kind. When he sees Lily–the ideal Watcher’s woman–he instantly claims her, believing she will bring him the acceptance he craves. Falling in love with her was not part of his plan.
As her town’s outcast, Lily wants nothing more than to escape. When Enar locks a necklace around her throat and declares she belongs to him, she jumps at the chance to leave. Her excitement soon becomes trepidation when Enar won’t tell her what to expect in his world. But even her worry can’t overcome her growing attraction to him.
Soon Lily learns what life as a Watcher’s claim entails, and refuses to submit. To keep Lily, Enar must turn his back on everything he thought he wanted. Will he choose his people? Or the other half of his soul?
What do you find most intriguing about your hero, Enar?
He’s gruff on the outside but has a heart of gold and truly loves and cares for Lily, even when it means giving up something he wanted. And he really came alive for me. In Magical Lover (the first in the series), he took over the book to the point where my editor made me rewrite all of his scenes. He wanted to be the hero in ML. Since he needed his own story, I wrote Warrior Lover for him.
Why do you think readers will identify with your heroine, Lily?
Lily begins the story as an outcast who is unsure of herself and what she is capable of doing. As the story progresses, she learns to tap into her inner strength and changes how she sees herself. She becomes a capable woman able to take charge of her own life. We all should find that strength inside to better ourselves.
What do you think is most appealing about writing fantasy romance?
Building a whole new world. I like to escape into a different world, which is why I love paranormal, fantasy and historical romances. Something that’s completely different from the world I live in. And I’ve always wanted to have magic like Molly Weasley where I can wave my hand and have the dishes done. Or sprout wings and fly over cities and towns. Escapism is the name of the game for me. And what better way to escape than in a fantasy or paranormal romance?
Where do you find your inspiration?
I really wish I could put something cool here, like from my husband, or my editor, or my dog. But most of the time the stories just pop into my head. Only once did a character come about after a discussion. My editor and I were talking and she mentioned that a vegetarian werewolf would make an interesting character. She was right, as usual, so I wrote about one. Margie, the heroine in Wolf Mates, was an alpha leader with a small problem, she only ate vegetarian. In human form that is. <g> Other than that, I really have no idea when the stories come from. As long as they keep popping into my mind, I’m happy!
What else do you have in store for readers?
I’m currently working on the third book in the Draconia Tales series, Dragon Lover. And I have an urban fantasy hiding out, waiting for a rewrite.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
Read, eat, spend time with the hubster, play the piano, go to the gym, attempt to grow things in the garden, and take the dog for a walk, although not always in that order. <g>
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