Empathy is the first book in a Murder Mystery Urban Fantasy called Emotional Chains. It features three families who have the ability to feel emotions as a physical sense.
Book 2 – Perception is due out in August 2015
Have you personally had an empathic experience?
Not strictly an empathic experience. I’m what’s called a synesthesiac, which isn’t anything new age or spiritual. It simply means my senses are a little mixed up. I associate numbers and music and names with colors, and occasionally sounds and scents. I tried to bring the essence of the phenomenon into the writing of Empathy, especially in the way the characters try to explain their abilities to other people.
I’d highly recommend anyone to Google synesthesia. It’s an fascinating way to view the world.
What was the inspiration behind writing a story about falling in love with someone you’ve never met?
I was fascinated by the thought of falling in love with a stranger through the shared emotions of another. Of having all the emotional knowledge of one special person, without ever having meeting her face to face. It was a delicious concept I couldn’t wait to explore.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
It probably sounds crazy, but I fell into writing accidently. I was lying awake one night in 2009 and a phrase popped into my head. The next morning I wrote it down, and just kept on writing. It’s the strangest thing. My husband thinks I’m possessed. Thankfully he doesn’t seem to mind. My working history is in finance, numbers and spreadsheets, which is something I always enjoyed. I loved making things balance and numbers are so logical and straightforward. Consequently, you can imagine the strange looks I got from friends and family when I announced I was writing a fiction book.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Never. My writing muse is insanely prolific. I spent a lot of time lying awake at 3am begging my mind to stop constructing plotlines.
Carolyn Wren – Empathy (Emotional Chains Book 1)
Release Date - March 23rd 2015
BioCarolyn Wren is the award winning author of the romantic suspense series, The Protectors.
Having spent her working life as a book-keeper and finance officer for international companies, she discovered a passion for fiction writing in 2009. Assuming it was some sort of mid-life crisis, she kept it a secret for six months. In an impulsive move, she entered The Emerald, a prestigious writing contest for unpublished authors run by the Romance Writers of Australia. Much to her utter shock, she won it. This was followed shortly after by a finalist placing in the unpublished division of the International Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
After braving a submission letter to Secret Cravings Publishing, her debut published work Diplomat’s Daughter (Protectors Book 1) won the RWA ‘Ella’ award for novella of the year.
To date, The Protectors series has received four award nominations, resulting in two trophies.
Carolyn’s other works include a very naughty ghost erotic novella Ghosts of Grace Cottage that she wrote during a stormy winter day. Her new series, the murder mystery urban fantasy Emotional Chains is her latest writing obsession.
When not in front of the computer, you’ll find Carolyn glued to the TV. She loves classic 1960s spy dramas, and is a self-confessed sci-fi geek who owns every single Star Trek, Dr Who, and Buffy dvd ever made.
She lives in the hills of Western Australia with a husband she adores, and a varied assortment of native wildlife.
What if you could sense the emotions of everyone around you?
What if you fell in love with someone you’d never even met?
Oliver Lord belongs to one of three special families, empaths who feel emotions as a physical sense. Quiet and reserved, and accustomed to keeping his abilities hidden, Oliver is drawn inexorably to a woman he’s never met. The woman who made his brother’s last year of life so happy.
When Zoe Daniels, talented sculptor, loses her fiancé before their wedding, she can’t imagine finding love again, until she meets Jasper’s unknown brother, a man so different, yet so achingly familiar to the man she adored. What is Oliver’s secret, and why is he so determined to keep her at arm’s length?
A violent kidnapping and murder forces the empaths from the shadows to seek justice for one of their own. Oliver turns to Zoe, needing her comfort and love. Can she accept him for who he is?
Oliver and two powerful empathic friends need to track down the kidnappers before they strike again, but how do you solve a murder, when your only clue is emotion?
Zoe sat with her back to the tree as she always did, knees drawn up. Thin cords dangled from her ears, attached to the smart phone at her hip. Her feet tapped out a rhythm to a tune Oliver couldn’t hear. She put down the book in her hands and tilted her head to the dappled sunlight peeking through the branches. A smile lit her face as the beams played like mischievous children on her closed eyelids. The old forest was lush and vibrant, a calm oasis of another age. Jasper had always loved spending time here, lost in the peace and quiet. No doubt he’d brought Zoe here. That she’d feel close to him in this isolated place they’d shared was understandable.
Oliver shut his eyes and reached out to read her. If he looked deep inside, he could find the essence of the brother he missed so much. He tried not to. The first time it had seemed an intrusion, but sometimes he couldn’t help himself. She was warmth and goodness. Her calm was a soothing balm to his nerves and a link to a beloved lost sibling. He indulged himself and took a tiny moment. She’ll never know.
“Why don’t you come out from behind that tree?”
Oliver’s eyes flew open at the sound of her voice. He’d not planned on being seen, and normally when he chose that option, he wasn’t. It was a simple, foolproof empathic trick, one he’d been able to do since childhood. Remaining silent and unmoving, he projected a low level of emotion in her direction. Disinterest. Indifference. Boredom. Every gentle empathic nudge was designed to increase her need to walk away and not look back.
She continued to talk as she stood. Brushing leaves from her trousers, she walked toward him with determination in her blue eyes. “If you keep lurking, it just looks suspicious.”
The moment their gazes met, he caught a flare of something. Surprise? Confusion? Oliver regained his composure. “I’m sorry if I scared you. I was enjoying the sunshine. You looked as if you were deep in thought. I didn’t want to disturb your privacy.”
“What about all the other times? Were you concerned about my privacy then, too?”
She’d noticed him before? Oliver’s much vaulted confidence of his own abilities took a distinct dive. “I’m sorry. It’s a pleasant spot, somewhere I enjoy and find calming.” Only because you’re here. “I won’t intrude on your peace any longer.”
“Do I know you?” She tilted her head to one side. The filtered sun caught the blonde strands of her short feathered haircut, making them shine.
“Do you know who I am?”
“May I ask you another question?”
Oliver frowned. “Of course?”
“Why are you lying to me? And who were you to Jasper?”
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Award winning author Carolyn Wren has generously offered to give away two ebook copies of Empathy to two lucky Labelle Books followers.
So, please leave a comment with your email addresses for a chance to win it. Oh, and feel free to spread the word.
Carolyn will announce her winner on next Friday May 15.