Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Carrie Thomas!
Carrie Thomas is the author of young adult and new adult romances. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her traveling the U.S. or stalking her favorite bands. She lives in the South with her husband and two sons. Aside from traveling, any time spent with her family, she considers a good day. She’s a firm believer that book lovers should stick together.
Without further ado, here is Carrie’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I started writing later in life. I had just started to read a lot and I couldn’t believe all of the good books I had missed out on when I was younger. So, I started writing a book that I would have read when I was a teenager. Three weeks later, I had Hooked.
Why did you choose to write young adult romance? Writing about young adults is fun because everything is a little more dramatic—your first love, your first heartbreak, getting into trouble with your parents, having an argument with your best friend, not making the football team—all of it. Life moves at a rapid pace and when you’re younger, most of those life moments happen for the first time. It’s fun to play with how characters react and what path they take.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I wouldn’t consider it strange, but I just hit on the topic of abduction. It was a little odd for me, writing about a darker topic.
What are you currently working on? I’m currently working on a young adult novel about a teenage girl, Sophia, who gets abducted and is beaten so badly, she has amnesia. Learning to trust someone she doesn’t know and finding herself is taxing. The story is dual POV between her and the main character, Abram. It is their journey about not being a product of their situations and making their future positive.
What motivated the plot of one of your books? In my Dream Girls series, I wanted a series that told the story of girlfriends from college into adulthood. I’m a huge supporter of women and my friends mean the world to me. From the time I was fifteen, my girl nights have always been a priority to me. You can’t replace the memories with your friends. Some of the funniest, craziest, best memories I have included three or four of the same girls. I wanted to re-create that bubble younger women are in when their lives revolve around best friends, college, and finding the love of your life.
What was the hardest story for you to write? That’s a tough one. Writing isn’t hard per se, but sometimes the characters take on a life of their own. I’ll have a certain idea of where I want them to go, then bam! They blindside me by going in a different direction. I’m a huge believer in allowing them to arc on their own.
What process do you use to plan your novels? Honestly, I’m not much of a planner. In fact, I’m pretty bad at it. I typically just find a couple of days where I can sit down and write. I start with an idea and go with the flow.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? One of my favorite characters to write was Corey Tate from Dream Girls: Nicole. He was old enough to know better, but with no one around to be that solid influence for him, he was sort of floundering around in life. He’d basically raised himself, and that is tough. I loved writing a male character who was his own worst enemy. He had no trouble getting what he wanted, but couldn’t figure out how to hold on to it. His journey from rebellious to responsible was awesome to write and fun to watch play out.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Of course! I think every author has a little bit of themselves in every character. Not any trait in particular, but my friends who know me best always tell me they could see me saying this or that when they read my books. At the end of the day, it is my voice, so I don’t think I would be able to shy away from a few of my own thoughts squeezing in there.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes! It annoys me to no end—especially when I am motivated. Typically, I will walk away from it. I’m not one who forces myself through it because when I go back and take a look, it seems like it is never where the character wanted to go naturally.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I don’t think I will ever not write romance. It’s what I know and what I love to read. My passion for it is rooted in the whole reason I started writing in the first place. But, I would love to branch out into mystery or paranormal one day.
Which authors inspire you? Oh. So many. Honestly, I have so many favorite authors, I couldn’t name them all. I read everything and have found inspiration in so many words written by other authors. But most of the authors who inspire me are authors who are at the same stage in their careers as me. I’ve met and become friends with many who are working so hard to make their dream a reality. Since I can actually see their journey, and am taking all the same steps they are, I get inspired by watching their work ethic and talking to them. They work so hard. So hard. The process is grueling—yet they continue on. They push though and never give up. Being positive is half the battle, and when you have friends/co-workers lifting as they climb, there is no greater feeling. It is inspiring to see and be a part of.
What novel would you read multiple times? I read quickly and like to switch it up constantly. I don’t stick to the same thing very often unless I am reading a series, so reading the same book multiple times doesn’t happen for me too often. But, I can and will read Kristen Ashley all day long.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? In my mind… I could definitely be a part of Colleen Hoover or Kristen Ashley’s squad. So, I think meeting those ladies would be a blast!
What is your favorite quote? “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. I live by this. I know, I didn’t quote some wise philosopher, but I’m a really simple girl.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I’m not a huge animal person (don’t hate me animal lovers) but my favorite animal would be our family dog, Oscar. Sorry, I’m not on the fur baby bandwagon. L But, we love him and he is most definitely a part of our family.
What is your favorite color? Blue! All shades.
When Carrie’s not writing, she’s a 911 dispatcher! Imagine the stories she hears…
Catch up with her online at:
Buy Links for Dream Girls: Piper
Buy Links for Dream Girls: Stephanie
Thank you Carrie for participating in my Author Spotlight! It was wonderful chatting with you.
Join me next week as I feature E.R. Arroyo!