Friday, 14 December 2012

Interview with Carlyle Labuschagne

It's cold outside! Stay inside and keep warm by cozying up with an interview. We're talking with author Carlyle Labuschagne about her book, THE BROKEN DESTINY.

Welcome to We Do Write, Carlyle. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in South Africa, I love nature and trees. I should not eat so much chocolate. I have two young boys, I write more than I read. I married my high-school sweetheart.

How long have you been writing?

Since the age of twelve.

Tell us about THE BROKEN DESTINY. What’s the story about?

The Broken Destiny is mostly about a girl who needs to believe in herself in order to unleash her powers - to fullfill a prohecy she does not believe in. Her kind is Third generation of genetically enhanced humans built to withstand the last years on Earth. They have been exciled to a Planet called Poseidon where Ava starts to feel emotions - that are unlike her kind, this is when it all goes really horrible for her. Ultimately she will withstand everything and anything thrown in her path to unleash the weapon within her soul that could save her dying race and those in the Galaxy like hers. Its about choosing love over everything else. Its about growth and the struggle to find the light trough the dark. Her Destiny is to rise above the fall!

How did the idea of the story come to you?

I've always had crazy stories in my head since a young age - my poor barbies went through a lot madness to satisfy these fantasies!!! LOL

Well I just sat down and wrote - it evolved from there - I am a huge science fiction fan , so there was no argument as to witch genre to write. I have a huge love for dystopian stories so ultimately that came into play as well. I guess the main character evolved from my emotional need to heal and the need to find others to relate to, to tell a story other girls or boys could heal from - to know that everything will always be okay and that they are never alone in what ever struggle they are going through.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

I could not self edit! Never - first off English is not my first language. I had two editors on this book. A copy editor, then a proofreader and that turned into more editing. and while editing I rewrite - I try not to - but I do all the time!

Are you a planner or a pantser?

I don't plan at all - I tried that , and well my story went full circle. My story evolves as I write. But with book two I just dotted down things that need a conclusion or explanation from book one.

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

Music! and cappuccino. A Thesaurus and pen and paper.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I'd have Ava's power - she is a mind-shifter. What's that you ask? Well you'll have to follow The Broken Series to find out!

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Well to me nothing is weird, but probably all my science stuff - like how to extract water from air, the magnetic field collapsing, bombs - Hope the government doesnt think me a threat.

Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: detective, distinct, and dinosaur.

The markings were distinct , the detective knew for sure , that this was indeed a sign of a living dinosaur amongst then, but who would have had the ordasity to carry on experiments that were illegal?

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

outside with the kids.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

There are way to many people to thank. Id thank everyone who has featured me on their blog in the last year, everyone sharing, liking my Status . Voting on my book , review requests. My editors, all my online friends!

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?


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Emerald Barnes said...

It's lovely learning more about you, Carlyle! I had no idea English wasn't your first language! Very impressive. :)