We are very pleased to have Carrie Pack with us today. This is Carrie’s first appearance at GRL and we talk a little about that in the following interview.
I understand that this will be the first GRL event that you are attending as a Supporting Author. What made you decide that 2016 was the year to participate?
Last year I was a brand new author and I wasn’t really aware of GRL. Since then I’m a little more plugged in so I thought I’d give it a shot. Plus, I have to confess, I have family within a couple hours of Kansas City, so it gives me extra incentive… not that I needed it. It sounds like a great event and I’m really looking forward to it!
What do you hope to achieve as a Supporting Author for GRL 2016?
I’d really love to meet more authors in my genre and get to know some readers of LGBTQ fiction. One thing I see a lot on Twitter is people constantly looking for more queer books to read, so events like GRL can be great for connecting readers with the kind of books they’re looking for.
Let’s talk about your books. For someone that has never read one of your books can you tell us what you like your readers to discover while reading one of your books?
I definitely offer variety. My first novel, Designs On You, was contemporary romance and my latest, In the Present Tense, is time travel sci-fi. But I’d also say I explore similar themes in my books. I like to write characters who have to learn to be true to themselves.
What do you discover about yourself when writing a story?
Usually that I’m bad at time management, but for my most recent, my revelation was mugh bigger. I only recently came out as bisexual. Of course, I always knew I experienced attraction to women, but I didn’t feel comfortable claiming the label as my own. Through writing a bisexual hero, I was able to come to put a name on something that has confused me since I was a teenager.
What is the next book that readers can add to their Carrie Pack library?
I’m currently working on a YA title that takes place during the Riot Grrrl movement of the early ‘90s. I recently came out as bi and I wanted to give my teenage self a do-over. So my main character Tabitha gets the high school experience I wanted both in friendship and romance. It should be out in the first half of 2017.
I know that many authors are fans of other authors. Who are 3 authors that you are anxious to meet at GRL 2016?
Well, I’ve already met her but Avon Gale is a fave of mine and I only know J. Scott Coatsworth and Jeff Adams from online so I’m excited to finally meet both of them in person. There are honestly so many great authors attending, I’m sure that list will grow as it gets closer.
What can your fans and new readers expect from you when meeting you for the first time?
Look, I’m just gonna say it: I have resting bitch face, but I swear I’m much friendlier than I look. Please come say hi and let’s talk about our favorite sci-fi!
Here is a free for all question. Just off the top of your head what is something that you would like our readers to know?
Because readers have been asking, I want to share that I’m working on a sequel to In the Present Tense. The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger exactly, but there are definitely some unresolved storylines at the end. I just want everyone to know that I won’t leave people hanging.
Carrie is the author of two novels—Designs On You and In the Present Tense—and a part-time college professor. She recently left her job in marketing to actively pursue her writing career. Her early career focused on advertising, journalism, and public relations while she also did freelance writing for businesses in the nonprofit sector. Carrie lives in Florida, which she fondly calls America’s Wang, with her husband and four cats.
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- Book Title: In the Present Tense
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: Carrie Pack
- Publisher: Interlude Press (May 19, 2016)
- Book Length: 336 pages
- Genre: Thriller, Romance, Sci-fi