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R:Welcome Caridad...tell us a little about yourself.
C: I’m a multi-published author who writes paranormal romance, romantic suspense and contemporary romance.
R: If you were not a writer, what would you be?
C: I think I would love to be a chef. I can spend hours working on a dish. I find it very relaxing.
R: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
C: The ideas come from all kinds of different things, but more often than not, I get a sense of a character in my head and that character starts coming alive. Some even start screaming for me to do their story. We have a dialogue and I get to know more about them and then decide what kind of story would work best for them.
R: Can you tell us a little about The Lost and its characters?
C: THE LOST is the story of Adam Bruno, a man who is heir to an ancient race with incredible powers but doesn’t know it. He’s a Hunter, a group of people who possess the power to gather and dispense energy. They can kill with it or heal with it. Shapeshift, you name it. The heroine, Bobbie Carrera, is an Iraqi veteran who is home from war and is both emotionally and physically wounded. The last thing Bobbie wants is to end up in another conflict, but her attraction to Adam will force her to once again fight for what she believes in.
R: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
C: The hardest part was portraying Bobbie realistically. I did not want to dishonor the men, women and families in the military who have served and sacrificed. I wanted Bobbie’s wounds to be realistic, but to also give hope about overcoming such tragedy. That was a tightrope that was difficult to walk at times.
R: Were there any deleted scenes that you wanted to keep in?
C: Yes, there were. I had a few scenes with Bobbie and her family, but unfortunately we had to cut them to keep the focus on Adam, Bobbie and the Hunters.
R: Is this a series and if so how many books will there be total?
C: THE CLAIMED will be out in May 2012 and I’ve already loosely plotted out another two books. I’m hoping the publisher will want to continue the series.
R: How to you cope with writers block?
C: I don’t get it that often and when I do, I usually set aside what I’m working on and read or watch movies. That usually helps me get some fresh ideas and get going again.
R: Are there any special things you need while writing and when do you normally write?
C: I normally write on the train ride to and from work and in the very early morning on weekends. I can write anywhere and prefer not to work at a desk. I do that all week long and would rather be more informal when I’m writing.
R: Are going to be attending any conventions in the 2011-2012 season?
C: I will be at the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference in March 2012. I highly recommend it and if you’re a reader, there is a brand new reader’s track where you can meet some of your favorites. I am also the Vampire Panel Captain at RT in Chicago and may be attending RWA’s National Conference in Anaheim and the Readers and ‘Ritas Event in November 2012.
R: Thank you so much for the interview!