We caught up with Roar author Cora Carmack and played a round of Five Quick Questions to discover what superpower she would have, her dream collaboration partner, and more! Don’t forget to click on the book cover to learn more about unputdownable romantic-fantasy ROAR!
Would you steal lightning?
Cora Carmack: If I could, absolutely! That was one of the very first images that popped into my head—lightning trapped in a bottle. From the get go it was very vivid in my head and very cool, then I was like, “Okay, so how do I make that make sense?” I think at the very least it would make for cool decorations in my house.
What is your favorite fantasy series?
CC: All-time favorite fantasy series is an adult one called Terrin Soul*** by C. S. Wilson. It’s fae-inspired, but really neat, really fresh, really fantastic. When I first read it, I loved it so much it rivaled my love for Harry Potter. At first I was like, “Who am I if Harry Potter isn’t my favorite book?!” I had to settle and be like, “Harry Potter is the favorite book of my childhood, this can be the favorite book of my adulthood.” My favorite YA series though is probably Fire by Kristin Cashore or The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. I love both of those a lot, and I reread them at least once a year.
Who is your favorite character in Roar?
CC: Probably the main character, Aurora. I mean, there are a lot of characters that I love a lot, but she reminds me a lot of high school me. I grew up in a really small town, so I was constantly in that frame of mind that I was ready to get out and do things and see the world. I felt so stifled and closed in by this small-town existence. She has a lot of that so I identify with that, but she’s also a badass, so it’s the best of both worlds.
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
CC: It would have to be something that would make travel easier because I hate travelling so much. I would say apparating or flying. When I was little, I used to have dreams that I could fly and it would follow this really intense pattern. It was like, “Okay if you walk walk, skip skip, hop, and then go you can fly.” No matter what kind of dream, whether it was a nightmare or just a silly dream, there would always be a point where I would be, “Oh, I know how to get away, I can fly!”
If you could collaborate with one author, who would it be?
CC: Oh, that’s hard, because there are sort of two sides to my career. I write romance adult stuff and then I have my debut YA fantasy. On the romance side, I’ve been talking to one of my really good friends who also writes romance, and we’ve already started, actually. It’s not contracted so who knows when we’ll finish. On the YA side of things, I think writing with Rae Carson or Libba Bray would be a dream come true. Libba was my first author obsession. When I was a teenager getting ready to go to college I wrote her this angsty post about how I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. She wrote back and now I know it was probably one of the most compassionate responses because she could have been like, “I can’t answer these things for you. Decide your own life.” I’ve just always loved her books a lot, and I’ve always felt like I could live in her and Rae’s books forever.
Big thanks to Cora for chatting with us! We had an awesome time getting to know you. Make sure you hang with the storm chasers in Roar this summer!