Name Carrigan Richards
Where are you from Born in Cullman, AL, but grew up in Birmingham.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I have a bachelor’s degree in English. I live with my fiancé and our three dogs outside of Atlanta.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Carrigan: I just released book two in my Elemental Enchanter Series (Under the Burning Stars). And on August 13, I’m celebrating the year anniversary of my YA contemporary romance novel, Pieces of Me!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Carrigan: I started writing when I was 10. My mom always wrote and I started writing poems one day b/c I wanted to cheer her up.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Carrigan: When I wrote my first novel at 14.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Carrigan: I was watching a TV show about a girl who was abused by her father (it was a side story to the episode and a very small one at that). So I wanted to write something like that. I’m not sure if I will publish this one though. We’ll see.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Carrigan: Not really. When I start a story, there’s always a character in my head and they’re the ones writing the story. It’s theirs to tell.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Carrigan: My titles are always in my books. Sometimes, I work them into the book or when I write something, I know that’s the title. It always has to encompass the entire book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Carrigan: I have several messages in each of my books. Mostly, don’t take things for granted and know that when things get hard, there are people who are willing to help you.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Carrigan: Pieces of Me is very realistic; Under a Blood Moon & Under the Burning Stars, while they are paranormal, I do have quite a bit of realism in the books.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Carrigan: So many!
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Carrigan: Edgar Allan Poe.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Carrigan: Conduit by Angie Martin and Blood Slaves by N.L. Hoffmann.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Carrigan: Recently, Kristen Proby, Michelle A. Valentine, N.L. Hoffmann.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Carrigan: Working on a companion story and book 3 of my series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Carrigan: My best friend.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Carrigan: Yes, hopefully one day!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Carrigan: I loved reading and my mom always wrote and I always created little stories with my dolls.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Carrigan: Here’s a little teaser from my upcoming book, Under the Winter Sun.
“Ava Hannigan hugged herself from the brisk wind and gritted her teeth. She hated the cold. It made her miserable. She stood behind a thick crowd of black, trying to avoid the gravestones that jutted out of the ground.
An agonized scream resonated in the air.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Carrigan: Description sometimes is hard for me.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Carrigan: Edgar Allan Poe. I love how dark his stories are. They are an inspiration to my own work.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Carrigan: Judy Gibson and Ryan Gibson created the cover for Pieces of Me; Laura Gordon (The Book Cover Machine) created the covers for my series.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Carrigan: Research and making sure I got some things accurate.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Carrigan: With Pieces of Me, I learned a lot about people and their personal issues and how they react in certain situations. For my paranormal series, I learned that it was okay to let go and create whatever I wanted.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Carrigan: Never give up and keep writing. Set aside time to write every day.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Carrigan: I appreciate each and every one of you. You have made my dream come true and I can’t thank you enough.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Carrigan: The only one that comes to mind is The Poky Little Puppy.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Carrigan: Listening to music; Swimming; Hanging out with family and friends and the furbabies.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Carrigan: Simpsons; Scrubs; The Walking Dead; The Vampire Diaries;
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Carrigan: Italian & Mexican/Blue & red/All music except most rap and country.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?