Hey party people! Please welcome to the room, Carmel Rhodes!
I was lucky enough to get to chat with this incredible woman on the verge of her brand new release: Lithium Oasis!
I’m feeling all the things. Nervous. Excited. Sad. Happy. Relived. Lithium Springs has been a huge part of my life for almost two years now. It’s sad to see the series end, but it’s also a huge accomplishment and I still can’t believe I did it!
It hasn’t slowed down since ARC’s went out. Javi and Quinn are so special, and their journey is one that I don’t think is told often in romance books, and I am really so proud of it.
The best part is sharing stories with the world and getting to interact with people who I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet otherwise. The worst part is marketing!
Yes, but I never saw myself as a fiction writer until a few years ago. I always thought I’d go into journalism, then I tried my hand a blogging. It wasn’t until I’d read Fifty Shades of Grey and discovered fan fiction, that I ever considered it.
Both? Neither? I’m not sure how to categorize it but I’ll see/read something and it triggers a scene in my head. It’s so vivid and I usually end up thinking about that scene for a few days and replay it over and over again, and after awhile little details start to come to me and I sit down and write out my ideas for it. Plot, who these people are, what their goals are, etc. Then I write it. A lot of times it ends there. I have a few docs with just random bits of dialogue, or a very rough draft of “the scene” and that’s it. Other times it takes shape and becomes something more.
I can’t take credit for that one. I asked on my wall, way back when this all started, what’s a good name for a band, and one of my friends came up with it!
I’m super hard on myself, which I think helps me write the best stories that I can write, but it’s also hard sometimes dealing with imposter syndrome. Thinking, this will be the book where everyone realizes I suck. Luckily, I have a group of amazing friends, betas, and critique partners, who are equal parts encouraging and honest.
I don’t want to give anything away, but one of my favorite things is Javi’s relationship with Sage, Ryder and Jamie’s daughter. There’s a scene in the book at her birthday party, and Javi imparts some words of wisdom to the toddler that is actually something my hubby use to say to my son. It’s a really sweet moment.
I love them all equally for sure, but CT was the inspiration for this entire universe, which is funny considering none of the books are told from his POV! But yes, if it wasn’t for CT and his journey, then Lithium Springs would have never happened.
True love waits. As cheesy as that sounds It’s kind of the over-arching theme. Javi and Quinn have this deep, soul-searing connection but their timing fucking sucks.
My current WIP is called Pretty Little Mess. It’s a rom-com/office romance thingy. That’s about all I can say right now, but I am LOVING these characters and I can’t wait to share it.
This is a long list, but I’ll stick with romance authors and books to keep it simple! Sierra Simone—ANYTHING she writes. Fifty Shades of Grey. BB Easton. K Webster. LJ Shen.
“Remain humble but stay hungry.” – Cardi B
She’s my problematic fave.
I don’t think I’d have questions about their process etc, but I’d just like to have a sit down with JK Rowling. It doesn’t matter what she has to say, just being in her presence is fine by me.
My very first book cover. I’ve since changed it but it will always be my first.