Series: Sanctuary Series, Book 1
Release Date Fall, 2012
Devastated by the death of his identical twin, Jonathan McKnight flees to the Sawatch Mountain Wilderness. He seeks redemption, but all he finds is trouble... and a beautiful young woman named River that belongs to a primitive and dangerous cult.
Jonathan wants to rescue River and taker her back to his world. River wants to recruit him. Fate has other plans for both of them.
I'm very excited be have Charlotte Abel on my blog today for an interview! Hooray!
Hi Charlotte and welcome to Megan Likes Books!
First, can you tell us a little more about the River’s Recruit?
Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin, his self-respect and his naive belief that good always triumphs over evil. Burdened by grief and guilt, he searches for redemption on a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.
River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan has been promised to a man she despises. A man that does not desire her and only wants to use her to achieve his own political goals. Jonathan is more than a romantic rival. He’s a threat to those goals.
The only way to save Jonathan’s life is for River to take him as her recruit.
As Jonathan learns more about the horrors of River’s cult-like society, he becomes even more determined to escape it, until he learns that River is responsible for everything he does and will be executed if he succeeds.
Escape is not an option—unless Jonathan can persuade River to leave with him. And if she refuses? Well, then, he’ll just have to kidnap her.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Introvert with a wild imagination.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer?
To never mention a projected publication date for any work in progress.
Can you describe your writing style?
I started out as a seat-of-the-pants writer, letting the characters tell their own stories. I was just there to take dictation. Now, I outline first, hoping it will save time and require fewer drafts. So far, that hasn't been the case.
Who are your biggest literary inspirations?
Shelly Crane, Abbi Glines, Nancy Straight, Amy Bartol, Shannon Dermott, Nyrae Dawn and Michelle Leighton
What’s next on your writing agenda?
Finish the final book of the Channie Series, Finding Valor. Write the next two books of the Sanctuary Series, River's Remorse and River's Revenge. Then get started on the next series.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Buy and study: Character and Point of View by Orson Scott Card; Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson; and Story Engineering by Larry Brooks.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
You're welcome! Thanks for having me ;-)
About the Author:
Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married.