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Caroline Walken
Caroline Walken
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 4
  • Profession: Author
  • Member Since: Aug 2018
  • Profile Views: 3,438
  • Followers: 27
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    Contemporary Romance Historical Romance Romantic Suspense Paranormal Romance Romance
BIOGRAPHY

Caroline Walken has several titles in publication currently; Ell’s Double Down, Reggie’s No Limit, Nowhere on the Map and the latest, Behind the Fan. Coming later this year -- In Hiding, the award-winning short-story will now be a novel!

• Behind the Fan is Bronze Medalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Award for Independent
Authors
• Short story; In Hiding included in the 2017 Closed Doors: Best of Writers Assembled Collection
• Nowhere on the Map was accepted for the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in the Romance
category
• Short story; The Rule of Ten, included in 2018 The Best Rejected Manuscripts of 2018: (As Chosen by the Readers of Rejectedmanuscripts.org)

The consensuses by readers are that her writing is gripping and the characters compelling. The women love the female characters; appreciating their spunk as well as their flaws. With a craving for action and adventure, her romance novels are not your typical girl meets boy romances. Often intertwined with mystery and lawbreaking the stories keep the reader engaged.

Look for other novels by Caroline Walken as her imagination continues to run wild! Let the trouble begin!

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Nowhere On The Map

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Caroline Walken's Books

Nowhere On The Map

Nowhere On The Map

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Contemporary Romance

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Reggie's No Limit (The Willows Series Book 2)

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Publication Date: Mar 14, 2017

Historical Romance

4 (2 ratings)

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Ell's Double Down (The Willow's Series Book 1)

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Publication Date: Feb 24, 2017

Historical Romance

4.7 (8 ratings)

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Behind the Fan

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Publication Date: Aug 15, 2018

Paranormal Romance

4.6 (53 ratings)

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    • carolinewalken 21 daysAuthor
    • Bridge of Words – Caroline Walken

      When I say I am a writer, I am not only talking about the Stephen Kings’ of this world but include the short story writer, novelist, and poet. It is often a challenge to understand why we sit for hours before our laptop, journal, or computer simply staring.
      To the outsider, we are stuck or wasting time. I am sure more than one writer has gotten the advice to ‘walk away’ or ‘take a break.’ No one understands when you can’t. Sometimes, we are not stuck. In truth, it may be that we are ‘there’ instead.

      We are in a medieval castle; the cool rock walls protect us from intrusion. The tanker of mead feels cold in our hands, the pewter keeping the drink the perfect temperature. We may be with that long lost love, our heart pounding at the sight of them. Perhaps we feel betrayed or exhilarated...we have not decided just yet. We are aware that you can’t tell, but we are hiding behind a dumpster in a dark alley while bullets whiz past us. In our setting a hero is about to emerge, we are sorting out how or when.

      It is easy to assume we may be suffering writer’s block; however, there are times we are instead on the threshold of a fantastic story. We are working out the bridge of words that allows you to join us here.
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    • carolinewalken 1 monthAuthor
    • Long ago, I studied portrait art, and the first rule is simple; everyone draws their own face. It is true, how you eyebrows arch, your nose even your lips are hard-wired as examples of those features. Writing is very much the same, especially when it comes to characters of the opposite sex.

      How many of us have used our partner or father as a character example? I know that my father and his calm demeanor has shown up many times in my writing. Even in Nowhere on the Map, the step-father reminds Maggie that a lady does not need to cuss. I have heard that very same advice from my father many times as I was growing up.

      It becomes more challenging when you write the love interest, my spouse and I have been together decades. He is the perfect mate in my eyes, and his characteristics will seep through in my writing. It is hard not to cave to the pressure when you admire that person and feel that his actions are respectful or romantic. He made me promise never to share anything directly related to our relationship, but I did slip when writing Ell's Double Down. I am a bit of a clutz and from time to time wop him in the jewels accidentally. What can I say...Ell turned out to be the same way. Both my husband and Ell's still love us!

      The best part is writing the villain, however. Have a terrible boss you wish would the company would fire...poetic license allows for this! A lousy partner that rung up charges on your credit card feel free to have them tossed in jail! You only need to be careful about descriptions and of course names. Although, some folks might recognize themselves in my writing. All I can say is "Karma Baby!"

      How to avoid this is simple when I create a character I use visualization to avoid the common pitfalls character duplication. For instance, in my latest book, I needed a strong but slightly bad boy. The actor Jason Momoa was nearly perfect, I crossed him with another actor, and Wayne Anthony was created! I keep an array of photos save to capture facial expressions and body language; his voice is, of course of my own creation. Now I have a character that is fresh and recognizable for my reader. It is my job to make him believable and relatable in the novel.

      What do you think about this approach? I love hearing from book lovers.
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      • carolinewalken 4 monthsAuthor
      • I fear that I will be 'discovered' long after I have written these words! After all, isn't this the way it goes?

        Truthfully, success is when someone reads my books and connects with the characters. I love it when someone contacts me; interacts with me while they're reading one of my stories. Our lives as writers are spent alone with only our characters interacting with us. In the process of creating a book; the people we create within the pages will grow, misbehave, and evolve. In the end; we love our creations. They carry with them our values, fears, and history. Then we release them into the world to live within the pages of a book; to connect with others.

        It is an honor to our craft when a reader connects to share how much they loved the love interest. How fearful the adversary that we created was or how they identified with the plight of our main character. It's why we do it; because we are storytellers.

        Most of us will never be rich, some will never win accolades, but we all desire to win over readers.
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