Friday, 29 June 2012

Interview with Carey Baldwin + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to Ex Libris debut author Carey Baldwin, who is celebrating the release of her first novel, the thrilling First Do No Evil! Some of you may know Carey from the charity anthology Three Weddings and a Murder she contributed to alongside historical romance authors Tessa Dare, Leigh LaValle and Courtney Milan, but today I was curious to discover more about Carey and her writing. So come join me while I interview Carey and you could also win a fantastic prize package!

Stella: Hi Carey, welcome to Ex Libris! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Carey: Hi Stella. Thank you so much for having me today! I'm basically just a regular girl who has a hard time making up her mind what to do with herself. I've been a professor, a psychologist and now I am a physician. But ever since childhood, I've dreamed of becoming a writer, and I have always enjoyed writing stories for my own pleasure.

Stella: You are a still practicing physician, wife and mother, how or rather when do you find the time to dream up your stories?

Carey: LOL. I actually do dream them up. My motto is I'm not sleeping. I'm plotting. I may have stolen that from a facebook post. Not sure. I frequently awaken at night and get up to write down the story in my head.

Stella: I am curious as to how or when did you realize you wanted to become a writer? Was it something you indulged in all your life besides your medical studies/training or a passion you discovered more recently?

Carey: I've always been a voracious reader, literally since I could read. My parents couldn't get me to put down my book to play or sleep. And I always wanted to create wonderful stories like the ones I read.

Stella: You have two new recent releases: one of them is your romantic suspense novella in the anthology Three Weddings and a Murder a common project of yours with Tessa Dare, Leigh LaValle and Courtney Milan, would you like to tell readers about the anthology, your Bodice Rippers team and your novella?

Carey: Thanks for asking, Stella.

First of all, the Bodice Rippers team came before the anthology. Tessa, Leigh, Courtney and I wanted to do something together, as friends, to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Once we decided on the Avon Walk, we needed a way to raise money. Since we are all romance writers, and since we all admire one another’s work and have been critiquing together for years, a charity anthology seemed like a good way to raise money. I'm very proud of THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER, and I believe in each story. While the first three stories are historical romances, mine of course, is a contemporary romantic suspense. So readers should be prepared for murder and mayhem. A HEA is, however, guaranteed. All profits from THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER go to the Avon Breast Cancer fundraising walk. The anthology will only be available until the walk.

Stella: And on June 26th your first full length novel, First Do No Evil was released, congratulations! Can you tell readers what they can expect of this story? Any good teaser excerpt/scene you’d like to share (or just some titillating lines)?

Carey: Thanks, Stella! FIRST DO NO EVIL is a romantic thriller that centers around the development of a breast cancer vaccine. I was inspired, in part, by the development of the HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer. I couldn't help wondering what other cancer vaccines would come next, and how they would be received by the public. Here's the blurb for FIRST DO NO EVIL:

One killer is in her blood. The other is in her house.

There’s a killer lurking in Dr. Skylar Novak’s family tree: the gene for breast cancer. That's why her brilliant brother invented the Bella vaccine. But even if the miracle drug protects her from the cancer that took her mother's life, it can't save Sky from the flesh and bone evil stalking her in secret.

When the killer strikes, detective Daniel Benson finds himself in the wrong place at the right time. The bold detective manages to save Sky's life…just in time for her to return the favor. Survival leads to seduction, and Danny risks everything—his career, even his life, to keep Sky safe. But will the buried sins they uncover cost him her heart?

Danny’s strong arms may hold her close, but only Sky can stop the terror that's coming next…

Stella: Can you introduce to us the hero and heroine of First Do No Evil?


Detective Daniel Benson:

Distinguishing marks: Devastatingly handsome. Cleft lip and palate- repaired. Killer smile.
Background and character: Widowed father. Decorated cop. Will (and does) take a bullet to save complete strangers.

Dr. Skylar Novak:

Distinguishing marks: Soaring blue eyes and skin that looks like she washed her face in a mountain stream. At least that's what Danny says…
Background and character: Family physician. Lost her mother to breast cancer and her father in a violent crime. Devotes herself to the nonprofit clinic she built from nothing. Doesn't eat much. Doesn't sleep much. Definitely doesn't flirt much…until she meets Danny. He has a most astonishing effect on her.

Stella: And if First Do No Evil was made into a movie and you could have your dream cast, who would play the leads (or any other secondary characters)?

Carey: Can Leigh LaValle play Sky? I used her as my physical prototype.

And Danny- I'd go with Hugh Jackman, though he's a little older than Danny, Yes, I'll overlook that. Let's go with Hugh.

Stella: The heroine of First Do No Evil, Dr. Skylar Novak is a doctor just like yourself, how much of your own experience did you incorporate in Skylar’s character?

Carey: My experiences as a physician came into play in writing an authentic version of her character. But I think Sky is more who I aspire to be than who I am. I gave her a lot of admirable traits I strive for in my own life. I'm no Sky Novak, but I'd like to be :-).

Stella: And we can’t not mention Daniel Benson, the delicious hero of First Do No Evil *sighs* Is there a line/scene you’d like to share to show readers what kind of hero Danny is?

Carey: I think I'll just tease a little here and tell you that if you wind up reading the book, check out the scene where Danny makes waffles. That says more about him than any other scene, in my view.

Stella: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read First Do No Evil?

Carey: Danny. Danny. Danny. Did I mention Danny?

Stella: Can you tell us any behind the scenes secret related to First Do No Evil? (either to the writing process, or some tidbit about the characters that didn’t end up in the final version)

Carey: There was quite a lot waffling about when to reveal the villain. In the original version, he was revealed in the opening scene. I had input from some well-respected suspense authors, and of course, they each advised something different about when to reveal. That's because there really is no one right way to tell a story. In the end, I opted to allow the reader to wonder initially, and to focus on Danny and Sky. But I reveal the villain quickly because that person is a major character in the book, and you cannot get to know that person without the reveal. This is much more a suspense than a mystery. I think there are still plenty of plot puzzles to solve. Who done it takes a back seat to Why done it.

Stella: You are a romantic suspense author. Why did this subgenre appeal to you, what attracted you to this special combination of thrill and romance? And do you remember how you discovered it?

Carey: My two favorite genres are romance and thrillers. So one plus the other = what I write.

Stella: What shall we expect from you, what is next on your schedule? Will there be more books in these series? Or any new project you’d like to tell us about?

Carey: I do have a second book planned for this series, Blood Secrets. Right now book two is tentatively titled DUTY TO WARN. It features Aunt Faith from FIRST DO NO EVIL. She's moved to New Mexico now that Danny and Katie no longer need her (here's a secret- she's always been in love with her brother-in-law, Danny) and now she is focusing on making a new start. She's a wet-behind-the-ears, Yale-educated psychiatrist, and she's got her hands full with a serial killer patient.

Stella: Can you share with us some little secret trivia, something that not many people know about you?

Carey: I used to be afraid of hypodermic needles. I have a tendency to seek out situations I'm afraid of.

Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered physician (still practicing full time ) who happens to write edgy romantic thrillers. What’s a nice girl like Carey doing writing scare-you-silly thrillers? When you’re a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes naturally, and when you’re a hopeless romantic…, well, you do the math!

Carey’s debut novel, FIRST DO NO EVIL, releases June 26th, 2012 from Samhain Publishing.


Carey has generously offered a fantastic prize for one lucky commenter:


an ebook copy of Three Weddings and a Murder,
an ebook copy of First Do No Evil
and a $25 USD gift card to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon!

All you need to do is leave a comment regarding the interview or answering Carey's question: Danny is an extremely handsome man with a repaired cleft lip. How do you feel about romance heroes who have physical flaws? Are there any specific characteristics, physical or emotional, that turn you on or off to a hero?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 13 July 2012!

Good luck!

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