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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Interview: PNR Author C. L. Wilson - The Sea King (Weather Mages of Mystral Book Two)

Welcome to I Smell Sheep! You just released the second book in your Weathermages of Mystral Series, The Sea King. I checked out your website to get more information on the series and OMG…you have created a whole fantasy world, mythos and even language for this series (check out the world of Mystral here). *picks jaw off ground* Where do you even begin? 

Sharon: How much of the Mystral world did you have worked out before you started working the books?
C.L.: THE WINTER KING was the first book in the series. When writing that, I had to understand the magic, the history of the Ice King Rorjak, the gods Helos and Wyrn, and the places Summerlea and Wintercraig, which means maps, some idea of climate, deciding about the people and cultures, etc. But most of the rest of Mystral was still a mystery to me. I didn’t even have a map that went beyond Wintercraig/Summerlea/Seahaven until I sat down to write THE SEA KING.

Sharon: The Sea King is about Dilys Merimydion and his search for a bride, and Queen. He rules over the land of Calberna, a kingdom of hundreds of islands. Sounds like a sweet place to live…if I were to vacation in Calberna, what kind of things could I do? What are some places I should visit?

C.L.: Technically, his mom rules Calberna. It’s a matriarchal society, which I really wanted to write. The challenge there was to write a matriarchal society where the guys still were plenty alpha male to please me and fellow romance readers. I hope I succeeded. I would definitely recommend visiting the palace at Cali Va’Lua, which is built in the crater lake of an ancient, now dormant, volcano. I would also recommend visiting Merimydia Oa Nu (Merimydia by the Sea), which is Dilys’s family estate. I envision it very like Kaua’i in the Hawaiian Islands.

Sharon: Can you hook a girl up? Maybe with a sexy Calbernian tour guide?
C.L.: Heh heh he. You and me both!

Sharon: How many books do you have already planned for the Weathermages of Mystral?
C.L.: I know I have at least two more after this one. JAGUAR KING and DRAGON KING. But Ari and Ryll are pleading for me to give them a love of their own….so who knows?

Sharon: If you could pick a place to live in the Mystral world where would it be?
C.L.: Calberna sounds gorgeous. Hawai’I is one of my favorite places on earth, so I imagine I could truly love living in Calberna. But I’m also getting really interested in Seahaven. There’s a story there. I know bits of it, but want to know more. And I imagine Seahaven to be very like Monte Carlo, but shrouded in mists and very lush and green.

Sharon: What order do you write in? front of book to back? chronological? favorite scenes first? something else?
C.L.: I always start at the beginning (or what I think is the beginning…often it turns out to be just my getting to know who the characters are, and I frequently go back and rewrite the beginning after I get to the end. From there, I try to go linear, but more often than not jump to scenes that are pushing for me to write them, just so I can get them out. I have learned, however, not to spend to much time polishing scenes until I get to them in the story, because often character emotions have changed by the time I get there, and that means I need to rewrite the scene a little – or maybe a lot.

Sharon: Do hoard…I mean collecting anything?
C.L.: OMG. I’m a pack rat! I collect unicorns, porcelain figurines (Lladro, Lenox Legendary Princesses), Department 56 villages (Dickens and North Pole villages). 

Sharon: Is there a piece of art/sculpture would love to own?
C.L.: Yes. I would love to own one of the really big, gorgeous Lladro pieces like Queen of the Nile, or Cinderella’s Arrival.

Rapid Fire

Sharon: Writing with silence or background noise?

Sharon: Coke or Pepsi?
C.L.: Neither. Water, coffee, Ketel One dirty martinis with three olives J Or my dad’s margaritas.

Sharon: singing career or acting career?
C.L.: Acting. Lord save you all if I sing.

Sharon: Sailing the seven seas or climbing every mountain
C.L.: Seven seas.

Sharon: Redlight/Greenlight or Mother May I?
C.L.: Redlight/Greenlight. Or Marco Polo :) (we’re waterbabies here in Florida.) 

The Sea King (Weather Mages of Mystral Book Two) 
by C. L. Wilson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
ISBN: 9780062018984
ASIN: 0062018981
Number of pages: 608
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral

He wasn’t supposed to choose her…

Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.

She didn't dare wed him...

A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate’s gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control—until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.

Until evil threatens everything they hold dear…

When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys begins a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer’s formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

You can get off me now,” she ordered, mimicking Autumn’s haughtiest tone.

He didn’t move. Instead, he locked his gaze on hers and, with slow deliberation, laid his left wrist flat against her right.

Summer sucked in a breath and went rigid beneath him as a fresh surge of energy shot through her. Only this time, instead of an electric thunderclap that stunned the senses, this surge fired up every sensual cell in her body. If Dilys hadn’t been straddling her, she would have wrapped her legs around his waist and dragged him down atop her. As it was, she burned for him in the worst way. The way his nostrils flared and his tattoos went bright with a fresh burst of phosphorescent blue light only fanned the flames of her desire. She wanted to command him to touch her . . . to kiss her. Her gift of Persuasion flared, bringing the words and the magic to the tip of her tongue.

About the Author:
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C. L. WILSON grew up camping and waterskiing across America, from Cherry Creek reservoir in Denver, CO, to Lake Gaston on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, to Georgia’s Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. When she wasn’t waterskiing and camping on family vacations, you could usually find her with a book in one hand and a sketch pad in the other—either reading, writing stories, or drawing.

Sometime around the ninth grade, she decided she was better at drawing her pictures with words than paints and charcoals, and she set aside her sketchpad to focus entirely on writing. Wilson is active in Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA), her local chapter of Romance Writers of America.

When not engaged in writerly pursuits, she enjoys golfing, swimming, reading, playing video games with her children, and spending time with her friends and family. She is also an avid collector (her husband says pack rat!), and she’s the proud owner of an extensive collection of Dept. 56 Dickens and North Pole villages, unicorns, Lladro figurines, and mint condition comic books.

Wilson currently resides with her husband, their three wonderful children, and their little black cat, Oreo, in a secluded ranch community less than thirty miles away from the crystalline waters and sugar-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key on Florida’s gulf coast.


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