I really enjoyed reading Caridad’s Indy Author Talk! She really spoke to me because I lived her childhood. I walked to the library faithfully every weekend. Read everything I could get my hands on and fell in love with books the moment my mom’s friend Tita Aning, a high school teacher, gave me a paperback of Heidi and a hardback of Aesop’s Fables for Christmas. Every year I would wait patiently until she arrived for our annual festivities on Wintergreen Place just to see what new books I would get that year. Sigh…
I wrote in high school, mostly poetry and for the school newspaper AND subsequently took journalism classes at University of Maryland. Here I am… READING AND REVIEWING. I have even read The Shifter’s Kiss and Kissed by a Vampire by Caridad Pineiro. I missed her at the Baltimore Book festival a couple years back and was upset that I didn’t get to meet her. One day I will get my chance, but for now I will just be thrilled enough to know that I have corresponded with her via email, twitter and FB!
I hope you enjoy this weeks installment of Nerd Girl Official’s Indy Author Talk!
♥ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial
*****FALLING IN LOVE WITH ROMANCE*****
I was always an avid reader. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are of walking to the library to get a book to read or waiting on the corner during the summer months for the bookmobile to arrive!
I was always reading something, even the cereal box during breakfast in the morning.
Of course, back then I didn’t really know what I wanted to write. In fact, I didn’t even know I wanted to write. I just read and read a lot. Mostly things that had a romantic interest, even in the Sunday comics!
I didn’t realize that I wanted to write until the fifth grade when my teacher assigned the class a project: to write a book for a class lending library. It had to be 20 typed pages on anything and it wouldn’t be graded. It was just pass/fail.
I went home and started writing. My mom had to help me type my 120 page novel and even then, it was a romance, but I just didn’t know it.
I kept on writing after that, through the rest of elementary school, junior high, high school, college and law school. But it wasn’t until a summer break in college when I worked in the book section of a department store that I realized what I liked to read and write.
That summer I had customer after customer who kept asking for SHANNA by Kathleen Woodiwiss, but it was sold out. When I finally got stock to put out on the shelves, the book sold out again within a day or so.
I was fascinated. What was it about this salmon orange and pink cover with the couple in a tight embrace that had everyone grabbing it off the shelves?
The college educated liberated woman in me couldn’t fathom that this was something I would want to read, but after a week or so of restocking that sell-out book, I had to find out why it was so popular.
I was hooked as soon as I started reading it. There was sexual tension, action, romance, action, sex, romance, intrigue, more tension . . . LOL!
I devoured Woodiwiss’s other books and to this day THE WOLF AND THE DOVE is one my favorite books that I’ve read and re-read.
When I finished with all her books, I started in on other “romances” and as I went through one book after another during that summer, I realized that what I wanted to write was a romance. What I wanted to read was romances.
I had fallen in love with romances and it wasn’t going to be a short affair. This was going to be a long, lovely and exciting affair. It was going to have a happily-ever-after because I could not imagine my love of romances ever ending.
Some people not familiar with the genre might ask, “Don’t you get bored reading the same thing? It’s just a formula after all.”
Wow, no not a formula at all and not the same thing at all. The amazing thing about romance is that there are so many subgenres and that it allows for so many different variations on the happily-ever-after story.
But I don’t have to tell you that if you’re a romance reader! You know just how much variety is out there. You also know how romances embraces diversity, from African-American to Latino to LGBT stories, the world of romance is always pushing the envelope to include more and more diverse groups.
So that’s how and why I fell in love with romance. I’d love to hear from you about your how and why also!
*****Caridad Pineiro Biography and Links*****
NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Caridad is the author of over 40 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking. Caridad writes dark and sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romances for those who live to love on the edge. Her sweet, but still naughty side, Charity Pineiro, writes contemporary romances packed with emotion and humor. For more information on Caridad/Charity, please visit www.caridad.com orwww.rebornvampirenovels.com. You can also find Caridad/Charity on:
Twitter at https://twitter.com/
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/
Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/
Caridad also sends out a newsletter to her friends! To subscribe, please visit http://bit.ly/CaridadNews.
*****Q&A with Caridad PineiroCaridad Pineiro *****
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
As I mentioned previously, I was always an avid reader and then became a writer in the fifth grade. Even back then the book was a romance and I never stopped writing. I hear stories about romance writers “retiring” and I can’t imagine doing that. When I think of a new story, I’m excited to write it and share it with you! I hope I always have that kind of excitement for each new story that I write.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Kathleen Woodiwiss was the first romance author I read. Since then I’ve read books by many other authors and I always try to see what it is about a story that moves me so that I can hopefully recreate that in my stories.
I also love hearing from readers about what they like and don’t like. It’s been great to chat with them and even get to meet them in person so that we can talk about not only my books, but also other books that we both love.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
Right now I have a number of series going.
The Take a Chance series, (JUST ONE NIGHT and ONE SPECIAL NIGHT) is new to me, but I am totally in love with the premise and the military heroes in the series. What’s the premise? That love can happen in one short night if you’re willing to take a chance.
The stories in the novellas are very sexy, but filled with emotion and characters that stay with you. In fact, you’ll see characters from the earlier novellas in later novellas in the series. Right now I’m planning at least two more: ONE LAST NIGHT and STAY THE NIGHT. My hope is to do more beyond that!
The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novel series is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long since the release of DARKNESS CALLS, the first book in the series. This is a series of my heart which features kick-ass FBI Agent Diana Reyes and sexy Southern vampire Ryder Latimer. The latest release in the series is the VAMPIRE REBORN novella. FIGHT FOR LOVE, the next full length book in the series will be out in early 2015.
Finally, I’ve just re-released SINS OF THE FLESH, the first book in the Sin Hunter series. This is a very unique paranormal romantic suspense series. The third book in the series, THE LOST, was nominated for a 2012 RITA and will be included in the ALPHA IMMORTALS box set that will be out on October 7. I hope to have another book in this series in early 2015 as well.
Q. What motivates you to write?
I write every day no matter what. Even if it’s only a page. I guess you can say that I’m driven, but the fact is, I just love to write.
What motivates a story is what’s different for me. The Calling is Reborn was my response to a very dark time in my life and the need for stories that show that good will always triumph over evil.
The Take a Chance series is very different in that is all about reaching for something that seems unattainable and having a very happy outcome because you did that.
So I guess what I’m saying is that every story is motivated by different things.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part of writing is finding the time to write. I still have my full time day job, so finding the time to write can be difficult. I usually write on my commute to and from my day job and then spend several hours writing on weekend mornings.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned that every book is different and will present different challenges. That means learning to adapt and grow in order to write the best possible book.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
I usually get an idea for a character first and then after that, I start working on creating a story that will showcase that character in the best way. The story lines are inspired by lots of things, from personal experiences to stories that I see in the news.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very very supportive and proud of my writing. They know how important it is to me and how much work it takes to write a book. I’m also very proud to say that my daughter has written her first book, FOLLOWING JANE. It’s a story about a young woman whose dead mother leaves her an unusual legacy: letters that lead her on a scavenger hunt left by none other than Jane Austen! When the young woman goes to London on the hunt, she meets a British boy band member and romance ensues.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Never give up! It’s not easy to write a book or get it published, but there are more opportunities than ever for authors, so don’t give up.
Q. What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Breakwater Bay by my friend and fellow author, Shelley Noble. It’s a fabulous women’s fiction book with very strong romantic elements. I can’t wait to see how it ends!
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