Welcome Charmaine Pauls, author of the Seven Forbidden Arts series and resident of the world. Born in Central South Africa, she has lived and worked in France and Chile. A published author with three novels and a number of short stories to her credit, it is an understatement to say that Charmaine has been very prolific since 2011. Two more releases are due out soon.
Pyromancist (Book 1, Seven Forbidden Arts)
When you play with fire, you get burned.
At the same time as mysterious fires commence to rage through Clelia d’Ambois’ home village in Brittany, France, she starts sleepwalking. Daughter of a Japanese orphan, Clelia’s heritage is riddled with dark secrets that threaten anyone she loves. In a recurring nightmare she sees Josselin, the haunted man who abandoned their village nine years earlier, come for her, but she doesn’t know why. All she knows is that she has to run. As fast as she can.
Leader of a paranormal crime taskforce, Josselin de Arradon is called back to his hometown with a mission–find and kill the firestarter responsible for Larmor-Baden’s blazing destruction. Sensing that Clelia is the key to solving the crime, Josselin kidnaps her to use her as bait. The battle doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. Nothing could have prepared him for the truth, or the depth of his desire for his prisoner.
This is Book 1 of the Seven Forbidden Arts series, but also reads as a stand-alone.
* This book contains adult content with explicit language and consummated love scenes. Reader discretion is advised.
Pyromancist is available from all leading internet book retailers in paperback and electronic formats.
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Read a teaser from Aeromancist, The Beginning (the novella prequel to Book 2)
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CHARMAINE TAKES THE PLUNGE:
What are your thoughts on muses and do you have one?
Muses are integral to the creative process and come in many forms. It can be a person, a song, an energy or an object. For me, it is sometimes my internal daemon, the male muse, that can come to me in a dream, or be the fabrication of my imagination. The Monster High doll, Frankie Stein, with her one blue and one green eye has been my muse for my rebel character Zenna in my wine romance, The Winemaker. A fantasy figurine (an angel and a dragon) that I had bought in a medieval village in Brittany, France became my muse for my futuristic erotic Chilean romance, Between Fire & Ice. I am currently working on a new paranormal erotic romance series, Seven Forbidden Arts, for which I am using fantasy art to inspire me.
Characters have a great capacity to love, yet they’re starved. Why do you think this happens in fiction and in real life?
In fiction, it creates the conflict and suspense needed to drive the story forward. In real life, we are all searching for that one person who will be our soul mate, forever.
Without giving spoilers, would you say you’re a “happy ending” writer?
I am a great fan of classic unrequited love stories such as Frankenstein, Dracula and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but a happy ending is compulsory for both my romance novels, and the peace of my romantic writing mind. J
What would you like to be remembered for?
A piece of writing that has touched someone. And I hope that my children will look back and remember me as a good parent.
If you could dine with any historical figure living or dead, who would it be and why?
Gandhi, because I admire his wisdom.
Past, present or future? Where does your mind dwell?
I’m a great believer of living in the present moment.
What informs your writing most?
Authors who inspire me. In my genre, my favorite authors include Lora Leigh and Anna Zaires.
Growing up in the Seventies, school kids were encouraged to think globally and act locally. Have you ever flirted with this philosophy?
My life philosophy is to live every second to its limits with social responsibility for thoughts, intentions and actions, and respect for diversity.
Guilty pleasures: we all have them. What is yours?
Staying in bed all weekend with a box of chocolates and a great book. And then getting dressed up and dancing the night away.
Your greatest victory?
To do the very best I can in everything I do. It’s an ongoing challenge.
Tell us about the one that got away. Person, place or thing.
I really should have bought that dress. When I went back, it was sold. J
What are some of the overriding themes in your work?
To live in the moment, to strive for balance, and a compliment of opposites, such as the yin-yang.
Who do you admire and why?
I admire my brother for his unfaltering optimism. He’s like a cork. No matter how deep he goes down, he always pops back up.
Are writers fully formed works of art or works in progress?
Because of the ever-changing aspect of life, and its ever-evolving nature, it’s an ongoing process.
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