Meet the Author... Georgia C Mathers
I met Georgia Carter Mathers on Twitter, and we had some brief email correspondence. I can’t believe we have so much in common! She’s also Australian but writes in US English, writes paranormal romances, spent most of her youth in her room reading… The list goes on :D.
Unfortunately, she didn’t have the time for a proper interview as she’s working on publishing seven books at the moment. I have no idea how she is so organized (the one thing we don’t have in common!). She was very kind to direct me to her website, though, and I found some online interviews with her which gave me plenty of information for ‘the interview.’ Let’s meet my fellow country-woman, Toowoomba-based, Georgia.
Georgia Carter Mathers
Georgia is a busy writer, editor, mom, and wife. She studies publishing, writing, and everything in between. Altogether, she holds an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Cross University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New England, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing at Sydney University. She is the author of The Devil Inside, Trelloran Seduction, and The Vampire’s Covenant.
How did you become an author?
As a teenager, I shut myself in my room and wrote stories, but I couldn’t show anyone. My family thought there was something wrong with me.
I remember one day, my mother kicked me out of the house and told me to go somewhere—anywhere—she told me I couldn’t stay in my room and write anymore. They were worried that I didn’t have any friends.
What genre do you write?
My main genre is romance. My first story from 2016, The Devil Inside, is a short paranormal romance. I published my first full novel, The Trelloran Seduction, in 2017. It is primarily a romantic fantasy story but has dark elements like our own world. My latest novel, The Vampire’s Covenant from 2018, is a pure paranormal romance.
Why do you write?
I write paranormal romance to chase happiness. There is so much hate and misery in this world, and I want to show that love can conquer all.
Some of my stories talk about issues that feel insurmountable, but my stories always end with a happy ever after. That is the point. No problem is too big.
My stories are written about those who conquer it all, and I hope you find hope and happiness within my books.
What is the definition of paranormal romance to you?
Very simply, paranormal romance includes a romance between one or more paranormal characters. These novels often, but not always, include urban settings and a mystery or quest of some kind.
The romance and mystery plots may occupy equal page time, although this
can vary from book to book. The romance can include all heat levels according to the intended audience. One could argue that the variables that exist in paranormal romances are identified through its sub-genres such as bear shifter romances, vampire romances or gods and angels.
Paranormal romance is distinct from urban fantasy. You’ll find that paranormal romances are constantly evolving. Many paranormal characters have multiple powers to shift or to use magic or as a seer for example. So, this represents an exploration of characters and an effort to push at the boundaries of the sub-genre.
Why do you write paranormal romance and not normal romance?
I write paranormal romance because the characters are more fun to write. I like the action and the suspense that comes with it too. I also write it because the characters could be described as monsters in some way. They are a mixture of things that both frighten and protect us. At the same time, these characters are very
vulnerable and lonely. And I identify with that. I’ve always felt inherently different. This feeling describes a trope that is particularly strong in this sub-genre.
Did you set out to write a novel after 'The Devil Inside'?
Absolutely not. Trelloran Seduction started out as a poem, after a vision I had between being asleep and wakefulness, then became a novella. It took me two years in total for it to become a proper novel.
What would be your advice for authors wanting to write in this genre?
I would say read widely in the sub-genre as well as outside of it, and find an editor who cares about your work.
This is Georgia’s 2019 publishing schedule:
Dragon Addictions: Firebreathers, March 2019
Witch Matched, April 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Miana Prophecy, June 2019
The Making of a Goddess: The Pantheon, August 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Investigation Unit, September 2019
Kait & Wes, October 2019
Dragon Addictions: Fire Prevention, December 2019
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