Who Is Carla?

AmayaPicCarla H. Krueger writes psychological thrillers as herself and dark crime comedies as Erika Blake. She is sometimes referred to as simply ‘Krueger’. She enjoys creating characters, telling lies, having freedom, being herself, getting messages across, challenging perspectives, arguing, creating something everlasting, following in hero footsteps, making readers cry or laugh or gripped, using up stored emotions and, occasionally, scaring the dinner out of people.

“Freedom is my favourite. Knowing I can design, develop and describe any situation, character or emotion the way I want to, when I want to, makes me feel alive.

Motivation is my problem: I’m almost too motivated. I lie awake thinking how Kris would dress for the occasion or why Benjamin would be upset in the field or how the hell Brianna will manage to give birth to the baby under all that stress. I live, love and occasionally loathe my characters – and that’s really the point: writing is life, not just a ‘job’. It’s lying to communicate the truth, it’s speaking while being quiet, it’s winning and losing at the same time.”

Carla is currently seeking professional representation for her novels, but she hopes to self-publish a selection of shorter stories in 2014 for readers to enjoy in the meantime. Follow this blog or her twitter account for regular updates.

What Makes Carla’s Books Special?

IMG_1687Secret Is Not A Dirty Word

For Carla, writing great fiction is all about keeping secrets. Hardly anyone she knows is aware of what she does. It’s more fun that way. It’s like putting a protective coating on a piece of art – and the artwork always turns out richer and more vibrant.

“I love that feeling I get when I’m sat on a packed train scribbling notes about a new character I want to create or an interesting person I met that day or a strange conversation I overheard – and no one knows what I’m doing. It’s childish, but then being a writer is all about learning how to play and invent all over again.”

Surprise Yourself

Picking up one of Carla’s books is like dipping into a cave of wonders. Her stories are so varied, they could have been written by different people – hence her use of a small selection of pen names. She often refers to the different titles like the split sides of a personality: she has her “light stories”, full of humour and wit, and her “darker books”, woven together like detailed, sombre tapestries.

Intensely Rich

Carla’s passion for understanding people translates into her writing. Her characters are like great coffee – so rich, there are times when you think you might have met them.

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Be A Thrill Seeker

Book update for Slaughterhouse fans!

The book is now available in a new-look, matt-finish paperback or e-book at both Amazon and Kobo. If you’re brave enough to have the book on your Goodreads shelf, why not update to the new cover?

Visit the official Slaughterhouse Thriller website to Dare Before You Die or Meet Previous Slaughterhouse Survivors.

If you haven’t already been introduced to Slaughterhouse, here’s a little taste:

A dark, brooding, psychological thriller set in Fort Worth, Texas featuring cool, collected Kris Kartofski, a man who takes a risk any of us could take – meeting a quiet girl for a first date – with devastating consequences.

“The storm batters the roof. Unfazed, Dawn says a rambling prayer about appreciating all the food God gives us every day of our lives and Janis hands me a heavy carving knife for the pig. ‘You’re man of the house now,’ she says softly. I stand up, take the knife from her and nod: the ritual is about to begin.”

Slaughterhouse featured in Crime Fiction Lover’s ‘New Talent November’ series in 2012 and has been nominated for a major 2013 international thriller award.

What’s Being A Writer Really Like?

Brilliant on the good days. Tough on the rest. But, even on the tough days, I feel like I’m doing a great thing. I feel privileged.

I’m fiercely protective of my skill; it’s like a precious metal deep inside a piece of rock and only a few of my closest friends are allowed to attack that rock with a chisel!

When I write fiction, I not only interpret the world in a way others might not, I actually access a different part of my brain when I’m doing it – there is no doubt about this – and I strongly believe the bit I access is also the one I used much more when I was a child. Most adults learn to suppress it, but I didn’t let myself learn that suppression too fast. Moving from adult-think into child-think is an automatic transformation for me; it’s part skill, part lucky charm. It’s ALL the power of the subconscious.

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“Fiction Isn’t Safe”

IMG_1435Writing is funny, frightening, flexible, fierce and fun all rolled into one. It’s life, not just a ‘job’. It’s lying to communicate the truth, it’s speaking while being quiet, it’s winning and losing at the same time.

Imagination is key, but so is discipline. Being an artist is not all Dali-esque stuff – being this wild, unhinged, crazy, unscrupulous person going slowly mad in front of the typewriter, as so often portrayed. Many of us are hardworking, self-depreciating perfectionists, focussed on delivering quality products just like any manufacturer. Little machines, working away …

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