I asked author Cara Carnes how her love of travelling, photography, and reading have influenced her work. I hope you enjoy reading her answer as much as I did.
Seeing The World Through A Lens
I grew up in a very small town in south Texas. It was so small we had to trek almost half an hour to the grocery store. The education system stopped at the eighth grade. Anything beyond that required a voyage by bus to a town 20 miles away. The lens for the world back then was very small, a finite point on the map.
I became enthralled with travel from an early age. My grandparents took us on two week long treks during the summer time a few summers in a row. The RV was cramped with six people, but we drove our way through every state (except Hawaii, because my grandma said we could go “only when I good, big highway existed).
As I grew up my thirst to not only view the world but capture the moment through the lens of my camera began. Though life tends to halt my desire for travel and photography, I’ve taken my passion for those two hobbies and spun them into my writing as much as I can. As the world within a series unfolds in my head I try hard to provide a unique setting, an adventure for the reader who may be like me—thirsty for a different place than their norm, yet trapped within a day job and a mountain of responsibilities.
With each world I create the adventure becomes an immediate challenge. How does the heroine see the setting? How different is it from the hero’s perspective?
In A Shadow’s Embrace (and the Indigo Shadows series) the setting isn’t a lush, exotic location filled with lush rolling mountains and wild creatures cavorting happily. It’s a gritty, dark existence for most of the characters in the streets of Chicago—a not so great part of town actually. While it isn’t a pretty postcard world, the setting is a very active part of the series for me. The hindrance its harshness presents is a very real presence within the heroine’s daily life as she helps the psychic street children with no other support system in place except each other.
It’s been an exciting challenge to unravel this world and it’s renewed my passion for seeing the uniqueness every crevice of locations around the world offer as a setting for a book. There’s vast potential in what can be done and I’ve had so much fun crafting this series. As the next books unravel the rest of the journey for the Shadow Elite Operatives fighting the injustices psychics face, they’ll battle adversaries in the wilds of South America and in the underground networks around the world.
I hope you all can take the journey with me.
Personally, my bucket list of places to go is extensive. On the top of the list is New Zealand. What about you?
On the run from evil, her only hope is the Shadows.
Devyn James escaped hell once. A rare technopath, she eventually broke out of the genetics testing facility with the help of the Shadow Elites—General Conver’s super soldiers, who rebelled and now fought to protect psychically enhanced humans.
For the past few months Devyn, or Indy as she’s known on the street, has covertly passed intel to the SEO. Even though the street doesn’t trust the Shadows, she does. They rescued her once and she knows they’re the only ones who will be able to save her from Conver and figure out what she uncovered.
Dagan is determined to save the female being chased by Conver and his squadron. He soon discovers her identity and vows he’ll do anything to keep her protected—even if it’s from herself.
Together they discover everything is possible when you trust A Shadow’s Embrace.
Excerpt Turning away from the cause of the discord, she telepathically accessed the surveillance system. So far it had been quiet.
Almost too quiet. Paranoia was her middle name where Conver was concerned. The fact that her team was out there gathering intel to cover her ass made her stomach pitch.
“I’m thinking we need to get a couple of things straight.” The husky whisper, its proximity, startled her. Warm tingles spread beneath her skin where he touched her upper arm.
“I’m thinking I’ve heard enough of what you have to say.” She should pull away, demand he respect her personal space, but she inhaled his warm, musky scent. Woodsy vanilla. His breath tickled her cheek.
“If you think I don’t respect what you and your crew do, you’re crazy. It takes balls, brass ones, to put yourself on radar to help others. Y’all do that without the tactical training we’ve got behind us.” He squeezed her arm slightly. “Not a single Shadow I know isn’t terrified at the thought of Conver getting his hands on you or someone in your group. We’ve seen what he’s capable of. It’s worse than you could imagine.”
“I don’t have to imagine it.” She turned and held his gaze, even though the fiery obsidian depths made her thoughts falter. “You weren’t the only group held. You might’ve endured more, had to do more black ops than we could imagine, but I assure you the cages were the same, the restrictions the same. The punishments the same.”
His gaze darkened, narrowed. “You were in a facility? You weren’t in the halfway houses or camps? Which facility? Where?”
Author Bio: Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13. In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves travelling, photography and reading. More information about Cara can be found at www.caracarnes.com