Wonkomance Interview with Carolyn Crane

I’m so excited because we have a really amazing guest on Wonkomance today. Carolyn Crane is the author of urban fantasy and also uber-wonky erotic romance writing as Annika Martin. She is here today to tell us how to get held up at gunpoint and then pleasured relentlessly, so let’s all listen carefully and take notes!

Amber: Hi Carolyn! In your Disillusionists series, the character’s biggest weakness is turned into a superpower. Can you describe briefly how that works and then more importantly HOW did you come up with that totally original awesomeness?

Carolyn: Hey! Thanks so much for having me here! And for that question, which is so kind and makes me sound way smarter than I am. Basically, my characters are debilitated by some neurotic quirk. My main character Justine, for example, is full of fear (about health issues). Luckily, Packard, the devious, tortured and totally hot mastermind, figures out a way for Justine and her basketcase cohorts to weaponize their weaknesses, zinging it into others.

The way I came up with it is just from real life. You know how people can kind of use emotions as weapons? (Like guilt?!?!) Or, have you even hung out with somebody who is paranoid or uptight, and it rubs off on you? Ever hung out with an energy vampire? Emotions are kind of weapons. That was partly the seed of it.

Amber: If you were on Packard’s dream team, what would your superpower be? And this one is crucial: what would mine be? (If you’re going to say “fails at blogging and interviewing thus leading to the total disintegration of the interwebs,” then you might be right.)

Carolyn: LOL. My superpower would be slight OCD tendencies. What criminal wouldn’t be thwarted by having to go back home and check if they left the oven on multiple times? Now, what would the Amber Lin power be? How about an overly vivid imagination, full of fabulously torrid plotlines. Why ever even leave the house? What do you even need with reality?

Amber: Annika Martin. Who is this girl and why is she so funny? Also when is the next book in the series coming out? Also, you WISH we were dead, motherfuckers. In Latin.

Carolyn: Okay, you totally made my day with mentioning that tattoo motto. Nobody has ever said anything about it, and it’s totally one of my favorite parts of the book. (For the audience at home, Annika Martin’s series is about hot bank robbers who kidnap this girl who then joins the gang. Basically, they have smutty ménage sex when they’re not out robbing banks. Anyway, they get matching tattoos. Later, they decide to add that saying in Latin.)

Amber: I would like a set of three hunky bank robbers of my very own, but I feel like, what are the odds? Mostly because I’m not a bank teller. What is an equivalent sexy-dangerous-foursome happening that might come upon an author and what would their god names be?

Carolyn: Amber, I’m picturing you in a coffee shop with your computer. You’re working away, minding your own business. It’s laundry day, which means you are wearing your most sexy underwear set underneath your writerly sweater and jeans. Not that that detail will become important later. Ahem. Anyways, some roguish fugitives come in, all scruffy and hot, but they are innocent fugitives who were wrongly framed. They want free coffee and donuts, but they’re not sure what to call what they’re doing. It’s not a stick-up, not a burglary. They need just the right word!!! They fight amongst themselves because they are SO manly and full of testosterone. One feels they should call it a robbery. Another feels that term is too extreme for what they are doing. They don’t notice hot Amber Lin in the corner. She stands, whipping off her glasses. “Hey, fellas, how about you just call it a situation?” They all can’t believe how hot and smart and good with words you are, Amber Lin! The cops are coming. They take you hostage…pulling you roughly along with their manly hands…oh, you wouldn’t have it any other way. You become a notorious gang, hitting coffee shops across the country. They choose the most decadent names: Pan, Dionysus, Bacchus, and you, Amber Lin, shall be Athena!

Amber: Mr. Real is the story of a spy character who comes to life and sexes up the woman like whoa. I made up that last part because I haven’t read it yet but I’m super hopeful that’s how it goes. I believe it is your wonkiest work to date? Please explain. Lists are acceptable; no, preferred.

Carolyn: You must be a psychic, because that is exactly how it goes! A woman brings a spy character to life. Except then the fighter from L.A. who plays the spy character on TV (and hates the character) comes along and is none too happy about him being magically brought to life for sex by some woman.

Top three wonkiness aspects of Mr. Real:

  1. Heroine and friend invoke a Star Trek episode and the tale Pinocchio in trying to decide if a character brought to life by magic is a valid life form with a right to exist.
  2. Villain consumed by existential questions and spends a good deal of time marveling over the veins of a leaf when not plotting to torture and kill the heroine.
  3. Vampires and werewolves? er, no…the paranormal powers of the villains in Mr. Real are based on E.M. Forster’s theory of homo fictus.

OMG, that totally sounds like I’m joking, doesn’t it? lol. Hey, thank you SO much for having me! You seriously ask the best questions. And I think you are fabulous and an awesome writer. Have fun with the roguish coffee shop guys!!

Amber: You see the way she flatters? I like it. Thank you again to Carolyn for joining us and for you fine readers who are following along at home. And now, the blurb and buy links for Mr. Real, which will warm your wonky hearts:

He finds the girl of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares.

Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy . . . who looks exactly like Paul Reinhardt, the super-sexy martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class three years ago.

Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing . . . until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall – in the flesh – with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness – somehow.

But is superspy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?

Carolyn Crane is the author of the Disillusionists trilogy and assorted novellas, and also writes erotic romance as Annika Martin. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats, and works a day job as a freelance writer. During rare moments when she’s not at her computer, she can be found reading in bed, running, or helping animals.

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20 Responses to Wonkomance Interview with Carolyn Crane

  1. Ruthie Knox says:

    Okay, this is what just happened while I was reading that interview: “Carolyn Crane is great! This is so fun. . . . Wait, there’s a second hunky bank robbers book? *leaves Wonkomance to go buy the book. Returns to Wonkomance* This is so funny! OMG the numbered list is killing me. I want to read Mr. Real. Ooh! Buy links for Mr. Real! *leaves Wonkomance to buy Mr. Real. Returns to Wonkomance* *leaves this comment*

    Well done, the both of you. And welcome, Carolyn/Annika. Your comment about emotions as superpowers is so wonky and so perfect.

  2. Mary Ann Vadnais says:

    So, I kid you not, I was JUST MUSING LAST NIGHT about the homo fictus thing in relationship to something way more embarrassing than an awesome novel (and like Ruthie, PURCHASED). Which is like a for realsies life/bloggoverse/fiction intersection, right?

    I am going to meditate the rest of the day about James Spader, see what happens, and get back to you.

    • Amber Lin says:

      YES! James Spader is hot.

      …. I do wish I could have come up with a more intelligent reply to this comment, but I had to actually look up “homo fictus” so that is the low-lying field I’m playing on.

    • Thanks, Mary Ann, and that is so funny that you were thinking about homo fictus.

      hmm…. James Spader…he can be very commanding!

  3. Serena Bell says:

    I woke up kinda blah, but then read this and realized the author sometimes known as Annika Martin HAS OTHER BOOKS. And now it is all OK. LOVE the hunky bank robbers. So hot, so funny.

    And thanks, Amber & Carolyn/Annika for the great interview!!

  4. Penelope says:

    Carika (as I like to call her) is one of the bravest and most talented writers I know. Her writing is incredible, and she isn’t afraid to take chances with crazy, outside-of-the-box ideas. Ballsy! Wonky! And fab. (Also that bank robber book made me sweat it was so hot and smoky…*Penny fans herself*)

  5. Shelley Hughes-Mills says:

    That sound you hear? It’s my bank account, whimpering, because I just had to buy every book mentioned in this post.

    Superpowers out of weaknesses? LOVE. The tattoo? AWESOME. The idea of a villain contemplating the veins of a leaf? I’m a goner.

  6. Hey, thank you guys so much for the lovely comments! And Amber, I’m so grateful you had me here, because here on this dreary holiday-screws-to-the-thumbs day, you are all just making me all grinny. And feeling in such nice wonky company! xox

  7. Jen says:

    I recently fell in love with Carolyn Crane; inhaled Mr. Real and The Disillusionists Trilogy in about a week and you can’t imagine how effing excited I am to find that there are MORE of the books (with MOAR of the sex)! I bought them imme-jetly.
    Thank you!