About Carla

Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies, and men, and her books reflect that. And on top of it all, she’s crazy about hockey, and thankfully, no one has made her turn in her Southern Belle card.

So, it’s no surprise she writes spicy romantic suspense filled with mercenaries, motorcycle one-percenters, and southern criminals. And in the last few years, she’s included sexy hockey players in books without suspense, except for the kind that asks, how will they ever find their happily ever after?

In 2015, Carla received RWA’s Pro Mentor Of The Year Award. (See article at bottom of page.)

Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in the Southeast U.S. To find out more about Carla, be sure to visit her Facebook and TikTok pages or join her newsletter. (Links are on home page.)

Click here to contact Carla.

She’s represented by Emily Sylvan Kim of the Prospect Agency.

Her previous publishers were HarperCollins (Avon Impulse and Red) and Penguin/Random House (LoveSwept). Presently, she enjoys self-publishing.

Interested in receiving her Newsletter? Click here. She sends one out a few times a year. Usually in regards to release dates or special news.



JAKE (A Southern Crime Family Novel) finalist in the 2020 HOLT Medallion.

CIRCLE OF DECEPTION: finalist in 2013 Booksellers Best Award, 2014 Maggies, and 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

CIRCLE OF DESIRE: finalist in 2012 Golden Quill and 2012 Write Touch.

2015 RWA PRO Mentor Award
Click here to see what’s it about.
2013 Booksellers Best Award.


Link to Carla’s RT Book Lovers Interview.

Her book, Circle of Desire, was not only her debut book, it was Avon Impulse’s first book from the slush pile (non-agented manuscript).  Click here to see the announcement.

Her book, Circle of Danger, was mentioned in Time magazine.  “…involves deadly assassins, drug lords and doing it.”

Click here to read the whole article.

Her book, Circle of Deception, was mentioned on WFAA Good Morning Texas. They said it was as exciting as the movie, Zero Dark Thirty. (Thanks to Fresh Fiction’s Gwen Reyes.)

Here’s a small article of interest written by the wonderful author Maria Rodale. She quoted me on why I started writing.

In January 2012, Circle of Desire was in the top 10 best selling Erotica list on Apple Books, then known as iBooks (at one time it was #2. Number 1 was Fifty Shades Darker). In June 2012, Circle of Danger did the same but in Romantic Suspense (#1 was a Nora Roberts’s book). All three of her Circle books stayed in the top 200 for over a year.

Article from June 29, 2015 off RWA’s website