ADDISON CARMICHAEL is a Paranormal Romance junkie. Love is a mystical, magical thing to her, and she loves writing and living vicariously through her endless PNR stories. Whether it be alpha male werewolves, fierce dragons, sexy panthers and other shifters, sizzling hot vampires, or illusive sorcerers who will magically make your dreams come true, her imagination is bubbling up several stories after another. As a literature major, Addison also enjoys weaving classic themes into her books, yet keeping the fun and folklore true to each story and character. While paying strict attention to the tropes of each myth, she also finds unique ways to create new ones in order to make each story as fresh, realistic and plausible as possible. Addison was born and raised in Southern California and has lived and traveled all over the west coast (and the world). She married the man of her dreams and has two awesome sons, two daughters-of-her-heart, and three grandchildren who are the jewels in her personal crown. She now lives happily-ever-after with her family (which includes Mollie, her black lab-border collie) in Snohomish, Washington of the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Connect with her on:
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1. You’ve written about a variety of shapeshifters. If you could shift into a supernatural creature, what would it be?
Definitely a fire-dragon, although an ice-dragon would be a close second. In my dragon shifter
books, the couple each have a variation of their particular element, and together “mate compliments” increase their combined power ten-fold. So for instance, I’d love to be a “sparkler” and find my compliment “torcher” in order to create a maelstrom worthy of the
apocalypse. How hot is that (yeah, I went there)?
2. If you had a time machine and could choose between the past and the future, where would you travel?
Definitely the past. I’m a big history buff. The place and time period would be hard to decide though. Mainly it depends on what I’m reading and living vicariously through at the moment. Currently I’m reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, so I’d love to “go through the stones” like Claire Randall to 18 th century Scotland. Hopefully I’d get to meet my own hunkalicious Jamie Fraser!
3. When answering reader questions, you mentioned that you have Scottish ancestors dating back to the 18th century. How far back have you traced your roots?
My family has had several history books written on us (one in the Library of Congress) that date
back to our first American ancestor, a Virginia mountain man who ran messages for George Washington’s troops during the American Revolution. Recently my son was interested in our European heritage and joined Ancestory.com and discovered our Scottish roots from the clan MacIntosh and clan Hunter (so named for being the official hunters for the Scottish royalty)
dating back to the 17 th century. I’ve been interested in going back further and widening the range to our other European kin as well, and I may take up the task someday. When the present time finally allows!
4. What would be your go-to song if you had to get up on stage and sing karaoke?
I was a singer in my late husband’s band years ago, but I publically hung up my vocal pipes a long time ago. That said, I did a mean I Will Always Love You back in the day. Not sure if I’m practiced enough to attempt it now.
5. Autumn is your favorite season. What’s your favorite comfort food during the autumn?
Ahhh, homemade chicken soup with warm crescent rolls. Tomato basil soup with garlic butter breadsticks are a close second.
6. Authors paint scenery and set mood through the power of words. What single word in the English language would you use to describe yourself?
7. How do you sort the titles in your library?
I don’t. I have a wild, roller coaster menagerie of book piles scattered throughout the house to
blissfully delve into when I’m looking for a great read or re-read. I call it my reader’s amusement park. When they grow too big and I start toppling over them, I gather up my not-so-favorites and head to the used bookstore. Unfortunately, I tend to come home with another armload of books!
8. What do you read when you’re not writing?
I read everything, and I mean everything—from cheesy dime store romance to ancient literature
to comprehensive, detail oriented non-fiction. It’s a passion, habit and obsession developed coming from generations of readers and writers. It’s been our family’s go-to entertainment from the cradle.
9. How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, what’s your beverage of choice?
I take my coffee with cream and lots of it. Here in the Pacific Northwest (Starbucks land), it’s damp and cold enough to be drinking coffee and tea practically all year long. I have my favorite blends, of course, but years ago my older sister turned me onto flavored coffees. So now when I’m relaxing I drink my two favorites—raspberry almond chocolate coffee and orange chocolate coffee. Still with cream. Yum!
Hi, I'm Amy and I'm addicted to caffeine, board games, mythology tales and my Korg keyboards. Oh, yeah, and I occasionally happen to write stories.