Leif stares at him. “Tell me, is his life in danger? Is my father, your king on his death bed?” He shoots them a look. All three men look confused, he was just told his father is well. “If he seems to be restored and will last the night, I see no reason to disturb him at this late hour.” Barnett opens his mouth to speak, but Leif clears his throat, lifting his head higher, dark hair falling into his eyes. “Barnett, I do not pretend. I do not lie about my feelings and never have. This you know of me. I am an honest man because my kingdom deserves it. My men deserve it. You have all of me, and I will never fake anything just to avoid conflict. I tell you now, I wish not to go to him tonight. You know what awaits us on his awakening. All I have built,” he corrects himself, “what we have built is about to come crashing down as our king takes his place once more. I need time to grieve what is about to be lost.” Barnett looks as if he wants to say something but stops when Leif’s lips draw back as if he is about to growl. Leif feels the heat behind his eyes threaten his humanity. He looks down quickly, hoping to stop the transformation. Leif’s knuckles turn white as he struggles to draw his beastly-self back. Barnett nods and spins away. “As you wish, my prince.” The screeching sound of his threatening talons resonate through the room. He stands back, slamming the door shut and stares ruthlessly at the four claw marks denting the metal door. Turning his back, Leif rests against the cold steel of the door, his eyes taking in the room in which he’d spent most of his life. There are no windows in the tower. The only source of light is the fireplace he and Barnett had built together the first season of his reign, taking stones from the Great Lake in honor of the gods for giving him his power that won them the battle, and in tribute to their men that had died that day. With a sickening feeling, he wonders if the fireplace would be all he’d ever have left to remind him of his time as acting king.
Carlyle is a USA Today Bestselling, international bestselling and international award winning South African author – with a flair and passion for mixing genres, adding loads of drama to every story she creates. Carlyle has traveled the world with her books in hopes of connecting with all kinds of book loving people, to learn as much as she can from other book cultures with the hopes of bringing the knowledge back to her home country.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
Carlyle uses writing as a healing tool, and that is why she has started her very own writers support event – SAIR Book Festival.
Founder of SAIR Book Festival
Co-Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? Well I have always been a lost in my own head , from a very young age I have been capable at a whim to disappear into a different world of my own creation. Maybe that is why I love sleeping? I started journaling at about twelve years old, and my cousin taught me to type in primary school. Come high school I was begging kids for their creative stories to write – so with that said it was all I was doing and that is why today I suck at math. In early high school (age 14) I started writing songs – yeah I was that emo kid with a lot of love to give but was rejected by my peers for my ability to shine no matter what, the emo was just a way of keeping kids from hurting me. MY school friend contact me often reminding me that I used to tell them I will one day write a book, but with my messy mind I could not recall that. Once my kids were born my writing stopped. But one day my husband was on a business trip and I had the whole house to myself – my bestie brought me a copy of Twilight – I hated vampires at that stage. But boy I watched that movie seven times that weekend, and countless times after. I picked up the series of books at my sister’s house and was like I was compelled to read them all in a short amount of time while holding a household together, and working. Then the series ended and I was a black hole – but soon realized I can do this, Stephanie just made the impossible come true for all striving writers that did not conform to the typical genres. I wrote my first book The Broken Destiny in 4 weeks and took me a few months to get published and a year of edits. And that was it for me – my escape, my way of sharing feelings and comforting my readers that all people have the same things they go through. I write to heal, I write what I wish I had to read in my teens years, because I know teens don’t take advice from parents but will find something profound in a YA book that will elevate and plant a seed of growth.
What is something unique/quirky about you? I always fall up stairs. I smell everything I put in my mouth, even at restaurants. I love researching the origins of inventions. I sit crossed legged when eating. I roll around in the beach sand when we vacation the coast. I don’t use mirrors. I am the smallest person in the house but make the biggest noise – my family call my stomps a lot., and this is probably why I was kicked out of ballet school. I break a lot of things in our house, from mops , brooms, dishes, buckets, glasses, and fridge interiors . And don’t get me started on pc’s or phones – technology hates me – I can almost guarantee if I touch your phone to do a research or send a message something with glitch on your phone.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! Well I find a lot of things interesting, so it depends of what area of my life we want to discuss. Lets start with the highlights of my author career. Before I published my first book The Broken Destiny I reached for the stars. I wrote the PR / booking agent for one of South Africa’s world class rock bands. – for me they are second to linkin park. I was granted the crazy opportunity to use their lyrics in my book in exchange for a copy for each of them and a photo opp. I was escorted on said meeting day backstage a day before the big concert where I experienced the magic of muses entertaining me solely. You can find the image here: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10156591504323101&set=a.10152360146158101 MY first USA book signing in Nashville was a huge success I sold out all my books in under an hour and had to turn people away so I have a few books for the next day. Book singing and photoshoot in Paris. Book con in England.
What are some of your pet peeves? People skipping stop streets or red lights – littering
Where were you born/grew up at? In Johannesburg south Africa,
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? Entire family on the beach learning how to surf with sushi.
Who is your hero and why? MY family members – they love unconditionally, give every last bit of themselves for their kids and siblings.
What kind of world ruler would you be? Not a very good one I think, I am way too much of a softy. But the first law I would pass is the law to enforce biodegradable plastic – or construction companies make use of compressed plastic bricks for building that is said to be stronger than bricks. OH my goodness and poachers , poachers should have their hands or noses cut off.
What are you passionate about these days? MY latest release. Getting back into my fitness routine. Coffee and Cake counts right?
What do you do to unwind and relax? Binge watching Gilmore girls, swimming, walking, yoga
How to find time to write as a parent? I work from home so it’s a breeze – but very distracting
Describe yourself in 5 words or less! Sweet. Compassionate. Foodie. Traveler. Hugger. And I have to add I am a crier, I even cry in ads, songs and tv series.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? Umm all of them!
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? Black panther.
What inspired you to write this book? My publisher wanted a certain type of book from me to fit into the trend , but after three years it was always something I needed to spend a lot of time on , contemplation, musing and trying to write for the wrong reasons didn’t work for me. My stories have to come from a hidden, scary, and philosophical , mind-bending, and most importantly a profound place inside of me. We releases a boxset themed forbidden love , and I transformed that book into the idea I wanted it to be, at first it was a short story but once I got my rights back I fell into a big dark place where creativeness went to die. As a newborn Christian I surrendered this book to God and just like that I was in love and the concept, characters and theme came out that Ive been hiding for a long time. But it was the right time – I can only hope.
What can we expect from you in the future? OH gosh I have so many series I have not finished , but first I will do the follow up of A Beast so Beautiful. Now that book will be super exciting to write.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? The broken diaries is a small spin off from The broken novel and a short story about another characters point of view.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Beast so Beautiful King Ivor is an ass, drunk woman and child beater. He is bitter and revengeful on his prince Leif blaming him for the death of Rurith Kingdoms Queen.
Prince Leif has been locked up in a tower for six years after discovering his mothers corpse. He was created by magic as the king could not produce a male heir. But magic came at a cost and Prince Leif is half human half something else.
Avelyn is the redheaded beauty taken in by the kingdom to marry the prince. For six years she secretly visits the prince in his tower. She is spirited, direct and a problem solver.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? They live in my head!!
Where did you come up with the names in the story? They live in my head!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? Creating characters and worlds and conflict and drama and doomed fates along with tortured lovers.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick? Ivor – to avenge his wife’s death. Expose his son for the beast he is and steal away his bride as payback. Prince Leif wants to rule the kingdom with trust loyalty with Avelyn at his side. Avelyn is driven by seeing Prince Leif take the crown, and because she was tricked into marrying the cruel king seeks out a secret affair with the love of her life. Pushing him towards overthrowing his father.
Who designed your book covers?
CHBB publishing – Rebecca Poole
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Put more humor in it.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? Yes to look out for details and got to learn more about the English tenses and sentence structures as I am not English myself I learn more with each book.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? Charlie Hunnam
Anything specific you want to tell your readers? Without them I would be far from my dreams and leaving my healing words to the masses.
How did you come up with name of this book? Book titles come easily to me. They just pop in my head. And as the beast has morals and a big heart he is beautiful inside and out. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? Most of the male leads I pull the ethics and ways and inspiration from my husband – who we have been together since high school and everyday he surprises me with his dedication , his sacrifices and his selflessness.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Oh no we have a lot of fights, but Ive learned to lose control (probably the only time in my life this happens) and let them come and flow and be.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. It’s a faced pace story, a reverse Beauty and the beast that meets Game of thrones – fight for the crown. Forbidden love Royal feuds. An ancient magic that will bring the kingdom to its knees. I know in my heart that my passion, dedication and prayers for this book , took a lot of putting myself out there will show in my writing. Because readers can feel the energy and truth in the author’s writing.
Have you written any other books that are not published? I have written Into the Night my prequel to Dead of night my dystopian romance . It is about 70 percent done.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be? Vanilla
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