MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CARRIE PULKINEN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Carrie Pulkinen, and I write paranormal romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My next release is titled Werewolves Only, and it’s about a psychic detective and an alpha werewolf who must team up to take down a demon in New Orleans.
I got the idea for the story when I was at a bar in the French Quarter. They had a sign on the door leading to the kitchen that read “Employees and Werewolves Only.” I asked the bartender what the story behind the sign was, and he said that the customers joked that the bar owner looked like a werewolf, so they made the sign in response. When I heard that, the ideas for the book started flooding my brain, so I wrote down my ideas on a napkin while I was there!
Here is the blurb:
When the alpha’s love for his fated mate is forbidden, he’ll risk everything to hold her.
Detective Macey Carpenter has been on the trail of a vicious attacker for weeks, with nothing more than a vague description of a red-eyed man to go on. She has no clue she’s hunting demons, and if the evidence doesn’t stop disappearing, she’ll never solve the case.
Before Luke Mason becomes alpha of the Crescent City Wolf Pack, he has to end the French Quarter’s demon infestation and keep the police from discovering the truth. But when he falls head over tail for the feisty detective investigating the crimes, supernatural secrets aren’t the only things at stake.
Luke has to mate with another werewolf or he’ll sacrifice his position as alpha. But as heat builds between the pair, he discovers Macey has a few secrets of her own. She may hold the key to ridding New Orleans of its demons, but his feelings for her could tear the pack apart.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Werewolves Only is the first book in the Crescent City Wolf Pack series, and it releases August 21, 2018. I’ve written two more books in the series so far, and they will release in September and October.
Set in New Orleans, the series follows a pack of werewolves who act as the supernatural police force for the city. Each book features a different couple as the hero and heroine, and they each have their own happily ever after.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. When I wrote the first book, the ideas for the stories for the other characters were already brewing in my mind.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I’ve always had an active imagination. I’ve been making up stories in my head since I was a kid, and now other people get to enjoy them too.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. I don’t like selling, but it’s part of the job, so I endure it. I’d really rather just stay in my writing cave all day and write more books!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the day! Haha! When I get into a flow state and the words are coming, it’s energizing. Some days though, the words don’t want to come, and then it’s exhausting.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here’s a short excerpt from Werewolves Only:
“So, Macey…You’re a detective, right? I think I’ve seen you on TV a few times.”
“Yeah.” She grimaced. Never one for the spotlight, she’d managed to keep her face off the evening news for years, letting her charismatic partner handle all the on-screen interviews. With the nature of this case, though, NOPD decided to be politically correct and have a woman on screen for a change. Lucky Macey.
And now Luke knew who she was. When men found out her occupation, some of them bolted immediately. It took a strong man to handle an equally strong woman, and it would’ve been nice if he’d gotten to know her personality before her reputation.
Wait. What was she thinking? It didn’t matter what this guy thought of her; she wasn’t looking for a relationship. She had no intention of setting herself up to be hurt again. Still, something about Luke drew her in.
“You’ve got quite a rep,” he said. “I mean…you bust a lot of bad guys.”
“I know. But it’s my night off…” She batted her lashes, hoping he’d get the message that she didn’t want to talk about work. He didn’t.
“Can you tell someone is a criminal by looking at him?”
“There are certain qualities I look for, but I’ve learned not to judge a personality by the package.” She took another sip of beer and let her gaze travel from his face down his muscular chest to his pants. “No matter how tempting the package may be.” Crap. She didn’t mean to say that last part out loud. Heat crept up her cheeks as she cleared her throat. “Why? Do you have something you want to confess?”
He chuckled and leaned toward her. “If I did, you’d have to beat it out of me.” He winked before standing up straight and crossing his arms. Was he flirting with her? One way to find out.
“You’d like that, wouldn’t you?”
The corner of his mouth pulled into a crooked grin. “Maybe.”
He was flirting. A fluttering sensation formed in her stomach, like butterfly wings beating against a net. She leaned her elbows on the bar, resting her chin on her fist. “Hmm…”
He scratched behind his ear. “Anyway…you’re working on the rape cases right? How’s that going? Any leads?”
“Ha. I had a lead…until the body walked out of the morgue.” Crap! What was her problem tonight? Was it the man? Or the beer? Whatever it was, she needed keep herself in check before she jeopardized her job.
His eyes widened in surprise. “You lost a body?”
“I didn’t lose it. But…just…forget I said anything. I’m not supposed to talk about it.” She gazed into his eyes, willing him to understand. “Please?”
He raised his hands in a show of innocence. “Okay. I didn’t hear a thing.”
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️