Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”1332″ type=”post”]Cassandra Carr[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I started reading it first, and discovered how much I enjoyed reading it. Then, when I started writing, I decided to give the genre a try. The rest is history!
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Pride and Prejudice. I think because it’s such an enduring work and I can’t help but love Mr. Darcy, despite his faults.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Oh man, how much space do I have? Lorelei James, Cat Johnson, Lauren Dane, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Red Garnier, Rhiannon Byrd, Natasha Moore, Miranda Baker… I’m sure there are others I can’t think of right now.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw a lot of mine from my own imagination, plus things I read, movies, things I see in everyday life – sometimes the smallest thing can trigger a scene or even an entire book.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
No, not really. I guess I’m pretty boring that way. I write sitting on my couch on my laptop. Since I do most of my writing while my daughter naps or after she goes to bed at night I don’t really have time for weird rituals, I just sit down and get going!
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
My favourite place or the place I usually do? Well, as I said above, most of my writing is done on my living room couch, but much of my debut novel, Talk to Me, was written over the course of a few days in the back yard of a beautiful bed and breakfast overlooking the Niagara Gorge in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. That was a pretty nice way to write a book…
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
My favourite character is actually the hero from one of the contemporary romances I write under a different name. He was the first hero I ever wrote and I just adore him. He’s a twenty-four year old hockey player who falls in love with a woman ten years older than him and fights tooth and nail for her even after obstacle after obstacle gets thrown in their path. He’s not a tortured hero – the heroine is the tortured one – he’s just a strong, sweet, sexy guy who will do anything to hold onto the woman he loves. How can you not adore that?
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes, my family and friends know what I write. There are a lot of different reactions, ranging from “that’s so COOL!” to a subtle “isn’t there a better use of your time than writing that stuff?” I don’t let those people bother me, though. I love what I do. I’m not ashamed of it. I do write under a pen name, however, so my real name is not associated with my work, partly in deference to my husband’s Big Fat Italian Catholic Family.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be a psychologist when I was in high school, but not a counseling psychologist, more of an organizational development specialist. I went to college for it but figured out that there isn’t a big market for those skills. I’ve been writing all my life, so at some point it seemed natural to do this instead.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Sometimes I’m not in the mood to write but I do it anyway. When I want to get myself in the mood to write, though, I’ll often start thinking about the story – where I want it to go, what I want the characters to do or say. That usually gets the creative juices flowing.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Keep writing. Even after you finish that first novel and you’re sending it out on query, keep writing. Even after you receive rejections, keep writing. Always keep writing.
Incidentally, the best advice about publishing I ever got was that publishing is a subjective business and that you should never base the value of your work on what someone else thinks of it. If one person doesn’t like it, move on. If twenty don’t, look for the commonalities in feedback and revise from there. But don’t let rejection get you down – so what if someone didn’t like it? That doesn’t mean no one will.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
As I said above, keep writing. You may end up deleting every word you write during this time, but if you stop writing when you get a block you can lose momentum. And once you lose momentum it can be hard to get back.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
It would be that hero I described above. I want to be the woman he loves (despite the fact I’m happily married to a wonderful man). To be the focus of such pure, intense love has to be a powerfully good feeling.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I’m going to go with a pat answer: JK Rowling. Why? Because I’m always so curious about how authors can make up entire worlds like that. I can’t, which is why I don’t write paranormal or sci-fi. It fascinates me that they can just conjure up these intricate worlds out of their own heads.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I really like ménage. I also enjoy BDSM. I find both interesting for different reasons. In ménage, whether it’s ménage a trois, ménage a quatre, whatever – to be the sole focus of two or three or even more men – WOW. How heady would that be? And BDSM itself is an intriguing idea – especially how people misinterpret what it is and how it works. Once you understand how the relationship between the Dom and the sub works it becomes a beautiful thing.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m writing a contemporary erotic trilogy where the heroes are professional bull riders. I hope to have the first book ready to submit to editors by the beginning of 2011 with the second one shortly to follow, since both first drafts are nearly complete. The third book is not started yet but I expect it to go quickly since I’m so familiar with the world and the characters now.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
I think my biggest challenge was making the transition to becoming an actual writer. So many people “write” but not many are “writers”. Considering I did this in the midst of having a child it was a pretty big challenge to take on.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Getting this first book, Talk to Me, published, because it’s the first book I’ve published, but it won’t be the last!