Hi friends, welcome to the Nice Girls Writing Naughty blog. Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing fellow nice girl (or is it naughty girl? LOL) Jianne Carlo. She has a brand new book out, Prymal Lust, which is the first in a series. Welcome, Jianne, and thanks so much for letting me ask you some nosy questions!
1. In your biography, you state your motto is “Alpha Me Please.” Considering that we romance readers are self-sufficient modern women, why do you think alpha heroes appeal to us so much?
That’s a great question. I can’t answer for other women, but the main reason I love alphas is because they’re powerful, decisive, and over-protective to the max. We women do so much today. We manage families, careers, and homes. The idea of an alpha who puts his woman and family’s happiness and wellbeing as his first priority, who takes charge and insists on coddling those who are his—can anything be more appealing?
2. Your website tag line is “When Cultures Collide, Passions Ignite.” What is it about multicultural romance that appeals to you as an author?
Good question Nona, and I’m asked this a ton. It’s probably because of my background. My paternal grandfather emigrated from Portugal to Guyana when he was a young boy. Though penniless at the time, he managed to parlay hard work and sheer determination into astounding wealth at that time (the late 1920s) and became a plantation and gold and diamond mine owner. He purchased several indentured laborers from India, one of whom later became his mistress (he had several) and my grandmother. I’m still astounded by the fact that my grandfather ‘owned’ my grandmother. *shakes head*
My maternal grandparents arrived in Guyana from northern Portugal in the early 1930s. My parents met and married in Guyana, but moved to Trinidad when I was five. The plain truth is—I’m a mutt I can’t claim any one heritage, and today, more and more of the world’s population seem to be falling into the ‘mutt’ category. Nothing fascinates me more than the meeting of two separate cultures. Unfortunately when cultures collide, the passions that result aren’t always positive (Syria, Iraq, the Ukraine…the list goes on ad infinitum).
However in my tales, when cultures collide, romance passion ignites. So sue me, I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Shoot, did this long-winded diatribe answer your question? *cringing*
3. Wow, what an amazing family history! I think a lot of us can identify with being “mutts”, lol. On top of that, your life sounds as exciting as that of some of your heroines–you left Trinidad at age seventeen to attend college in Toronto, and you’ve traveled extensively. Have you always had an adventurous personality? Have some of your own adventures found their way into your books?
You bet. My very first book, Manacled in Monaco, was inspired by a 28-day mom/daughter jaunt from Monaco through Spain and Paris to London. It was the vacation of a lifetime and—wonders of all wonders—Mom and I never quarreled once. We had a blast!
Re the adventurous bent—OMG, I crave adrenalin rushes. Anything that makes your stomach hollow out and dive to the core of the earth is irresistible to me: skydiving, parasailing—I’ve tried ‘em all at least once.
The thing is, if you grow up on a sixty by forty island, the first thing you want to do is—get off! See the world. If I had my druthers, I’d travel for at least half the year. Sadly, I’ve too many commitments (read Evil Day Job) to do so.
4. Among the “Quirky Trivia” tidbits on your website, you mentioned you flew a fighter jet in a dogfight. Seriously? You can’t leave us hanging there! Please, we need details!
Holy Moly did I ever!!! Sooooo thrilling and exiting. I actually fricking flew the jet. Ok, so a retired fighter jet pilot, the guy who really controlled the plane, was in the seat next to me. But, I did a 360 rollover, several complete circular loops, and…tada-da-dad…an actual nosedive. I cannot tell you how exciting that was. Here’s a couple of pics of the whole experience. BTW, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
5. Those are amazing photos. I’d be too chicken to do that, even with a fighter pilot next to me! Getting back to writing, you’ve written historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. Your new release—Prymal Lust, Book One in your Prymal series— features shifters and SEALS! Please tell us more about the story and the series as a whole.
The Prymal series revolve around the three species of shifters that share the planet with humans. The Wylfen are aristocratic purebreds who guard the purity of their line with a fanatic zeal. They ban cross-breeding and view the other two shifter species, the Feral and the Rogue, as mongrels because they’re half and mixed breeds. Here’s a bit about the Prymal world.
The primal call of Mate Claim sparks battle among the three species of shifters—Wylfen, Feral, and Rogue—and has for generations. These violent feuds incite hunts by humankind, driving shifters near extinction.
To protect their people the aristocratic Wylfen ban the practice of Mate Claim. The Senior Council now decides all mate alliances to protect their pure blood and promote the politically premier families.
Feral and Rogue shifters still practice the primitive ritual. The Feral shifters are half-breed humans, while the Rogue shifters share two sets of animal DNA, big cat and wolf, as well as human.
Both are considered the basest of beasts in the eyes of the Wylfen. Secret schemes to eradicate the Feral and Rogue are put into motion backed by Wylfen wealth and power. Their success leaves less than a hundred Feral and Rogue shifters on the planet.
When a Rogue alpha claims a Wylfen female, the mated pair forms a coalition with a Feral male. An alliance is created: Prymal, a new species and pack born of Rogue, Wylfen, and Feral, fracturing all established traditions.
And war begins…
Here’s the link to the trailer:
Prymal Lust – Release August 7, 2014
Tania, a Wylfen aristocrat, hooks up with a stranger right before her twin’s graduation from military college. Not hours later, the bottom drops out of her world when she’s introduced to Axe, her twin’s new SEAL instructor. Then she discovers he’s a Feral Wolf, the arch enemy of her people. Wylfen laws prohibit her from mating with a half-breed. If anyone finds out she’s mated with Axe, exile is the least she has to fear…
In case anyone’s interested, here are the buy links for Prymal Lust:
All Romance eBooks (ARe) http://bit.ly/1nuaBvv
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1nuaJee
Taliesin Publishing http://bit.ly/1nuaTlS
My thanks to Nona Raines for taking the time to interview me here today on the Nice Girls Writing Naughty blog.
Thank you, Jianne! It was awesome!