Ciara Gold is one of the most popular romance authors in the Houston area, and she’s been featured in the Examiner several times. But there is always more to learn about our fabulous authors.
Welcome back, Ciara, and please tell our readers a little about yourself.
Where to start? I think of myself as a dabbler because I have a ton of interests. Besides writing and reading, I enjoy drawing, painting, printmaking, sewing, sailing, dancing, cooking, and camping. I teach high school art during the day, work as the art director for a local magazine at night, and spend an hour each evening writing. I have eight published romances with two slated for release in December '10 and April '11.
Like many other authors, you have a lot going on in your life. What prompted you to start writing paranormal romance?
A challenge. I love challenges as they sorta speak to my more competitive nature. A group of us decided to enter an online contest in which the genre was paranormal. I entered ten pages of the first chapter and won first place. My critique group challenged me to finish the story. I did and Celestial Dragon continues to be my number one best selling story.
Who was the first paranormal romance author whose books you remember reading?
Susan Carroll's Bride Finder. The story was beautifully written and kept me turning the pages. When I was done, I knew I wanted to be her when I grew up.
And you’ve grown up into a beautiful writer in your own right. How long have you been writing in this sub-genre?
I wrote Celestial Dragon, a paranormal sci-fi futuristic in 2004, so about six years.
So, are your stories more character-based or plot-based?
I think they're a blending of both. I try real hard to make my characters come alive, and I let them drive the story. My plots, on the other hand tend to get pretty involved. When I write, it's like solving a puzzle and putting pieces together to make it all fit.
Is there humor in your books, or are they fairly serious?
I confess, I'm not great at penning comedy, but I do have humorous sections in most of my stories. I'm a firm believer in comic relief, but I don't purposefully set out to be humorous.
Like real life romances, even fictional relationships have their funny moments…especially paranormal ones. What are your favorite types of paranormal characters to write about?
Right now, I'm working on wizards. I love the possibility of magick and the powers these creatures have. My next piece will involve a witch for the heroine so I'm looking forward to working on it.
What are the most important ingredients of a compelling paranormal romance?
The most compelling component in any story is conflict and how the characters work around the conflict. There are so many different types of paranormal stories out there, that choosing the paranormal as the compelling aspect just doesn't work for me.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Actually, I'd like to tell you about my latest and my upcoming. My latest was a Viking time-travel, On the Silver Edge of Time. Not only does it involve a bit of history, but it also hosts a witch, a wizard and a dragon. My upcoming book releases this December. The Keeper of Moon Haven is a Victorian fantasy involving a faery realm with a governing wizard and a Victorian English governess who inadvertently steals a magical book.
Both stories sound fascinating. What was your favorite scene to write in Keeper of Moon Haven?
For The Keeper of Moon Haven, my favorite scene was when he finally puts the clues together and discovers that his faery realm will die without an infusion of new life, that the heroine is destined to become a part of his life whether he likes it or not.
Which character was your favorite to create?
The wizard, Vin. He's half human, half elf and he's having a difficult time accepting both parts of himself. Elves act without emotion, yet he can't quite contain the emotions raging through his soul.
Halloween is coming up—if you were to go trick-or-treating, what costume would you choose?
Oh, I love Halloween. We save all our costumes. I'd love to dress as one of my heroines, perhaps Cari from my upcoming April release, Dragon King. She's a deliphit with shapeshifting powers and the dress she wears is very similar to a belly dancer's costume but with more layers.
Where can readers find you and your books on the internet?