Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dust of my Wings

Please welcome Carrie Ann Ryan author of Dust of my Wings.

Carrie Ann will be awarding Dust of my Wings "swag" packs to one commenter at every stop, a $25 Amazon GC and necklace (pictured included in attachments see below) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $10 Amazon GC to the host with the most comments (excluding the author's and the host's).

Dust of My Wings
by Carrie Ann Ryan



1. What or who inspired you to start writing? 
I've always been a writer. I've always had the ideas and characters in my head. But it wasn't until recently, about a couple years ago, that I had this one church in my head that would not go away. So I sat down and wrote a story. That's spawned my Redwood Pack series.

2. How did you come up with ideas for your books? 
Pretty much everywhere. I'm more of a character author at first, meaning, I go through and find out which characters are in my mind, and start writing. It could be an image, sans, feeling, or anything like that gives me inspiration.

3. What components are necessary for the genre of this novel?
Dust of My Wings is a paranormal romance, meaning I had to make sure that whatever world I made how to be consistent. I didn't want it to be boring and just have two people hanging out not doing anything. I wanted to make sure each characteristic conscription was vivid and made sense in my own world. I also wanted to make it mine, not anyone else's.

4. What expertise did you bring to your writing? 
I went to college for science and math. I have numerous degrees and those and have written many science papers over time. That is completely different than what I do now. Science requires passive writing. Something that is a big dildo in fiction writing. However the fact that I loved reading and writing with a view that time really helps me focus on what I'm doing now.

5. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio? 
When I say I'm an avid reader, I mean it. I recently seven books a week. Yes, it takes time, but I read so fast that it helps. I love, love meeting new characters, and hearing new stories by authors I can't wait to meet.

6. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans? 
As of July, I am now a full-time author. Meaning, I have so much in store. I have at least four series I'm working on right now, with many books going on at each of those. So this isn't the last of my Redwood Pack, nor any of my other serious. I've so much to share so excited!

7. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? 
I don’t know if I could do that. My characters are just so different and so themselves, be weird for me to be one of them. But I will say I always wanted to marry Maddox or Shade. *wink*

8. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing? 
 I used to, but it's a lot of work to keep up with everyone. Plus, as I learned more and more, everyone had such different styles, it really helps us to have one or two partners. And I have that with my partner, Lia Davis. Her and I have a similar voices and similar ideas of what we like. In fact, we worked so well together that were writing a whole series together.

9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) 
Write. And remember you’re a professional so act like one.

10. Do you outline your books or just start writing? 
I plot everything. I outlined my outlines and spreadsheets of my spreadsheets. It really helps me delve into what my characters my world could be. I can't just sit down and write a whole book without knowing where I'm going. I'd end up in a corner, and it would be really really boring.

11. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you've gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books? 
Not so much hobbies, as my past life of being a scientist. A few of my characters also have a science background so I like to be able to let the world know it's okay to be a geek.

12. Do you have an all time favorite book? 
Nope. I read over 5000. I can't just pick one. But I will say Nalini Sign and Lauren Dane are fantastic.

13. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book? 
Yes, I have two books that I'm writing, another in edits, and the other in pre-writing. I will say you can find everything on my website since each of these are different series.


Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.

Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.



The motorcycle vibrated beneath Shade as he pulled off the side of the road and parked. The rain pelted him, the cold seeping into his bones, but he shrugged it off. He was in northern Washington and this seemed to be the norm in terms of weather.

He lifted his leg and got off the bike, ignoring the stares of the women around him. They watched him stroll, his powerful legs leading to long strides. He’d tucked his wings into the slits into his back to hide the fact he was an angel, but he couldn’t hide his face or the fact that women seemed to fawn over it.

It had been a long time since he had a woman. Not since that were jaguar a century or two ago in a night of deep depression and loneliness for him. But the heat, claws and desperation and only served to fill a physical need that left him even lonelier than before. From then on he left his carnal needs up to his hand. Before the jaguar it had been even longer, but he didn’t want to think about her. The one he’d lost. She was long since gone.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:

Website:  http://www.carrieannryan.com/
Blog:  http://carrieannryan.blogspot.com/
Heartthrob Haven:  http://heartthrobhaven.blogspot.com/
Facebook Author Page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrie-Ann-Ryans-Author-Page/243643205647654
Facebook Friend:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002584098860
 Goodreads |:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5360266.Carrie_Ann_Ryan
Twitter: @CarrieAnnRyan
 Tumblr :  http://carrieannryan.tumblr.com/

An Alpha’s Path

A Taste for a Mate

Trinity Bound

Carrie Ann will be awarding Dust of my Wings "swag" packs to one commenter at ever stop, a $25 Amazon GC and necklace (pictured included in attachments) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $10 Amazon GC to the host with the most comments (excluding the author's and the host's).

Don't forget to leave a comment! :) This pendant is gorgeous.


Mary Preston said...

I can imagine that with series plotting would be essential. It must feel pretty amazing to now be a full time writer.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Carrie Ann today.

Lisa said...

Congrats on being a full time author. I like that you made a geek a heroine.


Christine Young said...

Welcome to my blog. Hope you have a great tour.

J9 said...

Love the interview and absolutely LOVED Dust of My Wings! So how much of OCD Lily is based on you? ;-)

Unknown said...

Great interview. Best wishes to Carrie Ann Ryans on her tour.

Alisia said...

Great interview! I don't like it when people ask what my favorite book is because i never have just one and i have to many to remember! I love the cover and that necklace is amazing!
nightsky1102 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love angels and geeks, so this should be a lot of fun to read!


MomJane said...

This sounds like a really awesome story. Love that your angel is different than most people's idea of angels.

Chelsea B. said...

WOnderful interview, y'all! Dust of my WIngs sounds lovely-- as does the name! :-)


Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Hi! Thanks so much for having me!

Marybelle: Yes, its so essential for me. I love outlining and seeing where my brain can go.

Lisa: Thank you!! And yes, I love geeky girls.

Christine: Thanks hon!

J9: Oh yay! Thanks! And Lily is a little more OCD than me....okay, not by much. But I'm not as clean as her. My OCD tends to come in different ways and not tidiness.

Denise: Thanks hon!

Alisia: I'm with you there about books. And thank you so much!

Thanks Anonymous!

MomJane: Thanks hon! I like making things slightly different.

Chelsea: Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.

Chrisbails said...

Great interview. I am the same way. A very fast reader, about 4 to 6 books, depending on how long. Shorter stories are even quicker. Loved the excerpt. Big fan of the redwood pack stories. Can't wait for the next story. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview. Congratulations on your release. Much luck with the ones in the works.

Jenna said...

Great interview, Carrie-Ann. Best of luck with Dust of My Wings!

Melissa Limoges said...

Very nice interview. Congrats on your release, Carrie Ann.

Susan W. said...

I'm really looking forward to the coming books in Dante's Circle! Loved this one!

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview. That's a lot of books you've read.


Karen H said...

Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

kareninnc at gmail dot com