Meet Caroline Warfield

It’s my pleasure to introduce Caroline Warfield, a dear friend who’s debut historical, Dangerous Works, has just released with Soul Mate Publishing.  She writes historical but has a passion for different and unique settings.  Please help me welcome Caroline to the lair.

We love all stories in the lair. Can you share yours with us? 

Carol Roddy CW:  The love story in my book or in real life?  🙂

Let’s talk about my characters. Georgiana is a woman who knows everything and nothing. She is a brilliant self-taught scholar with a lot to learn. I mean, a little Greek is one thing and the art of love is another, no?

When she finally convinces the hero to help her polish her work and they get down to it, she learns more than she bargains for:

The Greek word “Erotos” she knew meant love, certainly, and romantic love at that. How should I translate this line? she wondered. 

“‘Nothing is sweeter than love.’”

“‘Nothing is sweeter than Eros.’” In English the meaning tilted slightly with the change of wording. The next phrase appeared to be about delight or pleasure.

“Definitely Eros,” she said to the empty room. Whatever it is, Nossis prefers it to honey. Yesterday, Georgiana wouldn’t have understood. Love has a taste; she knew that now. She recalled the feel of Andrew’s mouth on hers, and the taste when he opened and let her explore. The taste was sweeter than honey, indeed. She felt warmth rise again deep within her. Heat colored her neck and pooled deep in her belly.

The words of Nossis hadn’t changed since yesterday, but Georgiana had.

LOL – OOPS!  That should have been “We love CALL stories in the lair.”  Can you share yours?

Soul Mate Publishing is primarily an electronic publisher.  The Call came in the form of an unassuming email message.  Never take email for granted.  Sometimes they contain a lightning bolt.  That particular message, from Soul Mate founder and senior editor Debby Gilbert said, “I enjoyed Dangerous Works so much we’d like to publish your book.”  She attached a contract.  For a moment I could only stare at the screen, stunned.  I quickly let out a whoop!

Your title is Dangerous Works.  What is so dangerous?

CW: The danger in my books occasionally includes physical danger but really the most vulnerable thing of all is the human heart. In this case, when the heroine gets deep into the poems with the help of her very attractive tutor, she begins to understand why some people might think scholarly work is dangerous for women. Before she knows it her heart is in danger alongside her virtue.

I’ve always been a big fan of historicals. Why did you chose that particular genre?DangerousWorks_850HIGH[1]

CW: Other historical periods (from ancient Rome to Elizabethan England to the Regency) have always been my favorite fantasy places as a reader. It’s only natural to me to set stories in the imagined past.

We’ve both been at this a long time 🙂  .  Let’s put this in context for aspiring writers, how long have you been writing?

CW: I wrote my first Fan Fic when I was 10. I believe it was a story about the Cartwright boys of Bonanza.   As an adult I suppressed a lot. I became a technical writer and wrote for library publications but avoided fiction.   The death of a good friend, who had always hounded me to write, pushed me to begin about fifteen years ago.

Sorry.  Have to ask – where do you get your ideas?

CW: Often I begin with a setting. I’ll be somewhere and a scene or series of scenes will come into my mind. I have to have a character, a setting and some dialog in my head before I can begin to think about plot.

Any advice for aspiring authors?

CW: Never give up. Find friends who courage you to continue. Keep writing, keep learning, build inventory, polish your skills.   These days the temptation to self-publish prematurely is great.

800px-Favourite_PoetWhat is your greatest challenge as a writer?

CW: I can’t proof read to save myself but that is more of a nuisance. The biggest challenge is keeping my rear in the seat and my hands on the keyboard. The next book always matters.

Now that’s a perfect seque 😛 .  What’s next for Caroline Warfield?

CW: DANGEROUS SECRETS will be released by Soul Mate Publishing in winter 2015. It is about a down-on-his-luck major who likes to forget he also is a baron and who hides a horrific secret from his past. It is set in the English Regency period, but it takes place in Rome.

But let me ask your readers…Setting is a vital part of writing to me.  How important is it to you as a reader?  Can you tell us about a particularly memorable setting?  I”ll give away a $10 Amazon gift card to someone leaving a comment.

For more information on Caroline Warfield and her Dangerous Works, you can find her at:

http://www.carolinewarfield.com
http://www.pinterest.com/warfieldcaro/
https://www.facebook.com/carolinewarfield7

 

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  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Caroline. The setting is very important and sometimes it’s like a character. Sometimes descriptions of the setting feel like an info dump, but it usually works if the story keeps flowing.

  • Mozette says:

    Hey Caroline! Congrats on your new release!

    I believe setting is everything to make a story happen. I’m writing an Angelic Romance right now and it’s difficult as it’s set here in Australia (just to be different!). Well, one of my readers who is helping me with editing told me that my last chapter was a little vague as I put one of my characters into a housing development in a poor area and I didn’t quite catch the feel of the area properly… I smiled saying that when I was writing it, I was actually staying at my brother’s house in a richer area than I normally live; so trying to capture that poor feel was harder than normal. But I will fix it up when I get around to proofreading it all again 😀

    I didn’t know how important the setting was until my reader told me this… she was absolutely right too, once I read back on the chapter. It carries the story along, helps us know how the characters are feeling and keeps us grounded in the plot.

    • LOL Mozette –

      When I was writing my Scotland book (The Whisky Laird’s Bed) I realized my setting sounded like Ohio. It inspired me to take off for Scotland! (A trip for which I’ll always be grateful)

      • You know, Donna, that’s another good reason to be a writer: We just HAVE to visit the places we describe. I should have mentioned I’m thinking the next book needs to take the hero to Istanbul. Hmm. Time for a trip?

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’m not big on settings, per se, but I love ‘historical’ romance, and when you go back in history England, Scotland, and Ireland have lots of it.

    • There’s a certain feel to it, isn’t there Amy. Caroline is well-traveled and her knowledge comes through in her writing.

      • Donna, you said you had to go to Scotland when you were finishing The Whisky Laird’s Bed. Did anything surprise you? What did you see that you weren’t expecting?

        • LOL – I saw that parts of Scotland look just like Virginia and North Carolina – which is why there’s so many scottish settlements there, I suppose. But there’s a certain “feel” to Scotland – sort of a contained defiance but a love of life as well. They are a proud people, the Scots.

          • I am reminded of an encounter with a shepherd in Scotland. A friend and i were walking along up a hill when a flock of sheep can flying over the hill followed by a dog followed by the shepherd in a pickup truck with a second dog in his lap. The second dog was learning by watching. The flock engulfed us momentarily until they were neat herded into a pen. That guy was SO full of life. He couldn’t tell us enough about his wonderful dogs. We almost understood him. It was almost English . There’s a story for a novel: The smell, the wool, the accent!

  • flchen1 says:

    Congrats on your debut, Caroline! Great to meet you 🙂 As for setting, it really depends on the author and the book. Sometimes the book could likely be set anywhere and the story would read much the same. Other times, the setting is just as much an important element as the characters themselves! One description of setting I remember vividly is from one of Jeannie Lin’s Tang dynasty novels–the green of the bamboo forests was a beautiful and memorable part of that story!

    Looking forward to picking up Dangerous Works!

    • Love Jeannie Lin’s descriptions of setting – and it’s such an exotic setting as well. I’m seeing the use of more and more varied settings. A trend I hope continues!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I love historicals as well.

    I enjoy reading books set all over history & the globe.

    Though I must say that any story set on, or near, a bleak moor always seems to grab hold of me.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Caroline

    Congrats on the release 🙂 I love historicals and have read many over the years and for me I don’t mind where they are set as long as they pull me into the story I love Scotland and I must say I think it is because of all the books I have read LOL and of course many set in England but I do enjoy stories with travel in them so I visit a few countries 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • That’s one of the aspects I love in an historical as well, Helen. Of course, Harlequin Desires are known for their exotic locations but I love visiting the historical locales of France and Spain and other countries. I think it’s time for an historical set in Austrailia – don’t you? 🙂

    • Helen, you might like the third book in this series. It is still an outline and a gleam in my eye but it includes some running around the Mediterranean and Istanbul. The heroine of book 2 travels to Rome also, when Keats and Shelly lived there. Do you get the idea I also like travel?

  • Patty L. says:

    I love historicals and am always looking for new authors, so thank you for making me want to buy your book!

    As a reader I need the setting. I have to know where I am to get a full picture. Don’t get me wrong I don’t need a full picture just enough to let my imagination take over.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I love stories set in the old West. There was always an element of danger back then, places where lawlessness was the norm. It took really brave men and women to battle the unknown, to stand up for what was right and to get things done. There was also the beauty of the West. The mountains, the vast prairie, the coastline. Some of my favorites.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Caroline, welcome to the Lair! We DO love call stories. Okay, we love all stories, too. Yours sounds wonderful! I’ll admit a real fondness for scholarly heroines. Especially those set in the days when being a scholar really was dangerous work for a woman.

    I agree that setting is a huge component of a great story. I recall, from far back in the mists of my early reading, that the plantation of Jalna in Mazo de la Roche’s sweeping early 1900s saga really stuck with me. Also, since I read them in the late 1970s, they gave me a real taste for historical fiction. They weren’t historical when they were written, but they were by the time I read them. LOL

    I was also swept away by the magical worlds created by Tolkein, C.S. Lewis and Anne McCaffrey. Lately, it has been George R. R. Martin and (in a luscious re-reading) Diana Gabaldon. Spending lots of time in the Highlands these days!

    Best of luck with these books. I hope they find their audience and that readers clamor for more!

    • Thanks Caren. I was thinking just this morning (it being Throwback Thursday) about my first historical fiction discoveries. I distinctly remember the day I turned away from the children’s room at the library and went for the adult fiction. I was 13 and I think I expected someone to stop me back then. The first book I took out was Jane Eyre. I love it to this day.

  • Laney4 says:

    Congratulations, Caroline! How exciting for you (and us)!
    Most of the time, I don’t appreciate or enjoy details of the setting. Quite often I skip past it all. That being said, there ARE times when I’ve read and reread settings because I felt they were well-written. Sometimes they grab me and reel me in, but, alas, that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. I think part of the reasoning is the quantity. I don’t like gobs and gobs of details all at once. A little here and there is fine with me (like in a museum or garden), but please don’t go on and on for pages about the setting, about the other characters, about anything – I just can’t process it all at once and shut down. Particularly memorable settings have included Italy and a ski lodge.

  • Becky Lower says:

    Small world here. I’m reading Caroline’s book right now, and Donna’s the one who pointed me in the direction of small press publishers like Soul Mate. And, I can’t believe Caroline and I both wrote fan fiction about the Cartwright boys! I actually sent a screenplay to the writers of the TV show when I was 12 years old.

  • Congrats on your new release and having the other already waiting in the wings! Historicals are my favorite books to read and yours as piqued my curiosity.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Shannon says:

    Congratulations on the new release. I cannot proof read, and I think that would prevent me from every writing fiction.

    Setting is terribly important, in life and in fiction. Where I live there’s “normal”, “urban social,” and “socially conscious” grocery stores. And it’s obvious as soon as one walks in the door.

    I love novels where the setting is a character. I just finished a novella about two characters who were extremely poor. Money and the Christmas season were used to illustrate how out of reach various luxuries were for the poor. The author captured the fear of expenditures (pennies) exceeding limited incomes (a few pound and a couple of shllings).

    • Shannon, that is a good example of the kind of vivid details I meant. Dangerous Works is set in a fictional Cambridge. I call it “a town of prigs and clerics” in the story. The air of stern disapproval from the scholarly community was vital to the story. Some social snubs in a London drawing room would not have conveyed the same thing.

  • emma lane says:

    Hi Caroline, I’m in the process of reading Dangerous Works and loving it. Your attention to detail staggers me. You are meticulous. My cozy mysteries are set in small town Americana and I revel in the description. One reviewer said my settings were like another character in the book. Another said she could smell the apples.
    Can’t wait to finish your book. Congratulations on your release and good luck on the upcoming one.
    E Janis Lane

  • Jenn says:

    It’s great to be swept away to a setting that’s new to you, but I also love a historical setting in a town that’s familiar – loved Gabaldon’s last set in (inter alia) Revolutionary Philadelphia. Can’t wait to visit Oxford in Dangerous Works. 🙂

  • Lisa Cooke says:

    Hi Caroline! Congratulations on your release, I can’t wait to read it! I think settings add a lot to a story. I think my favorite is historical Scotland. Something about a man in kilt…sigh.
    Good luck!
    Lisa

  • Kat Sheridan says:

    Congrats, Caroline, on your debut! And such an outstanding story! I love the premise! And setting? Yes, it matters to me. I don’t necessarily love exotic (as in some weird planet, although I do love the Jayne Ann Krentz Harmony books!). I guess no matter what it is, it has to feel real to me, and welcoming. Best of luck to you!

    • I’m not always a science fiction fan but every once in a while the alternative world grabs me. Larry Niven’s the Integral Trees is a good example of that. I don’t remember the characters or the plot. Just the setting. I was also very taken with the plant Rakhat in The Sparrow.

  • Oberon Wonch says:

    Hi, Caroline! I downloaded your book yesterday and can’t wait to read it! It’s so fun discovering new authors, especially new historical romance authors.

    Yes, setting is crucial to me, but it has to go hand in hand with the characters and story. If the characters and story can be taken out and placed in any setting–modern, past, or future–it’s a little boring to me.

    One memorable setting that comes to mind are the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. The story wouldn’t have the same impact if Catherine and Heathcliff lived in modern day Manhattan. (Although, now that I think about it, I can totally see a new version of the story in that setting, if anyone wants to do one, lol!)

    • I don’t know Oberon, urban landscapes can be pretty bleak. Rather than Manhattan, I could see a Wuthering Heights reboot set in Detroit. Blocks of boarded up buildings and empty lots might stand in for the moors.

      • Oberon Wonch says:

        I can see it, too, Caroline! Still, it’s the setting that contributes so much to Wuthering Heights. Doesn’t have to be the English moors, but it must be bleak and foreboding–and a strong presence that effects the characters. I guess when I’ve read a story where the characters and plot could be anywhere, anytime, it’s because the setting wasn’t “present” enough.

        • Saralee says:

          You could try watching Sparkhouse, a BBC miniseries that updates Wuthering Heights to modern northern England — and also swaps Cathy and Heathcliff’s roles. So in the updated story, the moody and tumultuous lover is female, and the well-off and respectable object of her untamed passion is male. It’s interesting. (And it has Richard Armitage as the loving but mostly ignored husband of the wild-child heroine.)

  • Minna says:

    Of course setting is important! Just imagine throwing Victorian characters into modern day setting. Of course, that can be part of the fun.

    • Some things just wouldn’t translate. I always thought Pride and Prejudice could not be reset in modern times until I saw Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood style musical. It managed to capture the class conflict and social satire in ways a US story would never be able to do.

  • teresa says:

    Congrats! English Regency set in Rome? I’m in! 🙂

  • Saralee says:

    Hi, Caroline!
    Congratulations on the release of your book! I think it’s a fascinating story with a wonderful couple.
    Settings are so important to me — I am an avid armchair traveler! Take me anywhere, make it real on the page and I will love it, whether it’s the Scottish Highlands or a spaceship. It is a unique joy to visit a new place and time through a wonderful story. Best of luck!

  • catslady says:

    I do enjoy the settings but I also love variety so it can be almost any time (although I do enjoy older times the most) or any place – they all fascinate me. Congrats on your release!!

  • Caroline, congratulations on your release. Are you floating in the clouds?

    Like so many others, I love books set in Scotland, but not just the highlands. I love the western isles and the borders regions, too. Also love Colonial America before the Revolution–the first frontier.

    As one of the earlier posters mentioned, setting gives us a chance to travel to far-off places without having to pay for an expensive flight and stand in long airport security lines. A setting in the past is even better. I mean, who gets to vacation in the past? WE do, thanks to historical writers.

    Best wishes for a successful release. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Thanks Julie.

      The clouds have turned out to be a lot of fun. One more place to visit. I agree though. The past has always been the place I desired to visit. Thank goodness for books both fictional and non.

  • I think a great setting is like another character in the story. One thing that bothers me in some of the historical s I have read is the tendency to use names which are not common to the period. It’s not that hard to check.. I.e Bryce or Ty in a regency doesn’t work for me.
    Do you read Roberta Gellis and her Roselynde chronicles? Or Georgette Heyer? She’s still my go to for regency.
    Your oom sounds great.

    • Ohhhh. I totally agree. It is especially prone to happen for the men in the story. I like period authentic names. The downside is there are only so many names in common usage. I fear my heroes all have common names.

    • LOL –

      I remember looking at the lists of the most popular names at the timeperiod for my characters. They were names like William, Henry, James, etc.

      No wonder they referred to people by their last names! Those weren’t so boring! 🙂

  • Janie Mason says:

    Congratulations on your first release. I can’t wait to start reading it.
    I tend to like familiar settings either in the U.S or Great Britain. I know, I
    m boring. I also think it’s great that small presses and self-publishing have made stories with more unusual settings available to those who enjoy them.

    • Yes but Janie, the US and Britain are big subjects. There is a huge difference between a story set in Portsmouth among the naval officers and one set in a drawing room in London. There is also a big difference between a small town on the Eastern shore and Navaho country. We have enough settings for hundreds of books!

  • bn100 says:

    not that important to me

  • Margaret Crowley says:

    Congratulations Carol! Sounds like a wonderful story and it’s AWESOME to see its available.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I read a lot of fantasy and Sci-Fi so setting is very important in those books. It’s not that important to me in other types of stories though unless the setting plays a role in the story.

    • Sandy, I see historical fiction as an alternative universe not so terribly different from science fiction. It is bound in by some real history, but the fictional world is still an imagined world. Does that make sense?

  • gamistress66 says:

    I think setting is an important part of the story, it’s almost a char in its own right helping to dictate the tone, mood, actions & so forth of the story. I suppose you could say it’s like good regency servants — going about it’s business in the background making sure everything is getting done & needs met all without actually being noticeable 🙂

  • Robin Gianna says:

    To me, one of the joys of reading fiction is visiting other places and time periods than the one I live in 🙂 I still remember contemporary books I read as a teen set in Britain and Australia, Iran and China, as well as various historicals. I’ve recently realized that researching interesting locations is half the fun of writing those stories, too!

    Congratulations on your new release, Caroline! It sounds like a great story, and I hope many readers find and enjoy it (I know I’ll be one!)

  • Tanja says:

    Hi Caroline! Congratulations on the debut novel. I look forward to reading it, especially w/ a setting like Rome in 1820. Wow and Ciao!!!

    Setting can be excrutiatingly important for me as a reader. In sci-fi I need it to understand/learn about that world even if entire novel takes place on a spaceship.

    I think great settings can engage our other memory senses — like the sounds in an open market, the scent of blackberries along a country road, and the sweetness of a California lemon.

    I remember once someone describing a chase scene in New Orleans. I was there w/ them all the way. Until they made a right hand turn into an alley when I knew for a fact it is a concrete wall — ugh! My face gto smushed. Oh, well, details, details, details.

    Again, wishing you all the best and thanks for the great advice to never give up on my writing — Tanja

  • I have always been an admirer of the late Dorothy Dunnett. She was a genius at set pieces–dinners, chases, crises. She pulled the reader right in through use of exquisite, carefully chosen details.

    By the way Rome is next. This one is Cambridge.

  • Chelsea B. says:

    I will be honest and say while I admire a great setting, it over-all doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book, if the story itself is good. Give me a good story and I’m, well, good. 😉