Today, our guest of honor is Cari Quinn. It’s so nice to have you here! Hope you’re ready to party!
Wine or beer? (If you say club soda, we’ll have to send you to the corner…)
Wine. Not a fan of beer at all. *wrinkles nose*
Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt kind of person?
I like both, so I’ll go with chips for today. Preferably rippled.
*squints eyes * Are you old enough to drink?
Uh, yep. Twice over. Eeep!
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?
Network analyst by day, erotic romance writer by night, Vincent Buonfiglio is dealing with a work-in-progress that has gone colder than winter in his hometown of Ridgley, North Dakota. So what does a man who needs to write hot do to get cranking?
Search out a woman for a night of no-strings sex, of course.
But his choice of partner, Katherine “Kiki” Wyatt, manager of the Quikky Snak Gas & Lube, isn’t biting. Flirting over his nightly chili dog is one thing. But a date? Sex? Not happening. Dangerously sexy geeks are off-limits no matter what they might have to offer outside the bedroom.
When an armed gunman changes everything, will deadlines, exes, and mind-blowing sex prove opposites don’t always attract or allow two unlikely lovers to pen a happy ending?
What makes your characters so special?
That they refused to go down without a fight, even when I had to rewrite the story several times to get it right? Does that count? LOL Vincent and Kiki were two of my earliest characters, so their story will always be special to me for that reason.
Alright, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast!
So, what do you write? And why?
I write erotic romance and sexy contemporary romance. Why do I write? To understand, both myself and others. I process emotions through my writing and learn new things about myself as my characters learn.
Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?
I started writing my first real romance novel in earnest the summer after my freshman year of high school. I was all of fifteen and thought I was an expert on love…yeah, not so much. But that story turned into INSATIABLE, one of my bestselling books to date. Shawn and Rachel were my first hero and heroine and I’ll always love them a wee bit more than the rest of my characters for that reason.
Tell us about one of your favorite characters from your books.
Right now my favorite character is from a book that hasn’t been published yet! Sawyer Blake is the hero of my novel TEST SHOT, book 1 in the Hot Shots series coming this summer from Loose Id. He’s honest, romantic, a little kinky and sexy as hell…and if he were real, he’d be mine. Back off, ladies!
Do you like more Alpha or Beta heroes?
While I love both, I’m more of an Alpha girl. If I had my way, I’d write sexy, obnoxious Alphas all day and all night, but I have to try to remember that not everyone else sees my heroes with the same affection I do. That said, I enjoy writing Betas now and then, too, as well as Gammas-the mix of both! I think more people are a mix than one or the other anyway.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Pantser all the way. I try to be a Plotter, really I do. Unfortunately my characters insist on having their way with me…uhh, I mean the story. Sure. That’s what I meant. But in all seriousness, I’m happy when the characters take over. That way I know I’m telling their story, not mine.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
Number one, not to quit. As wonderful as this business is, it’s also one that requires a strong stomach, an iron will, and a lot of perseverance. All it takes is one yes from one person who loves your story, and if you give up too soon, you won’t get to hear it!
What else are you working on right now?
Right now I’m gearing up for the launch of three of my upcoming releases…and surprise, they’re all books in a series! (Whoa, I write a lot of them!) First up is TWICE BURNED, the first novella in my Firefighters of Battle Creek series with Entangled Publishing. Then NO FLOWERS REQUIRED, the next book in my Love Required series, following up after my USA Today bestselling novella NO DRESS REQUIRED. Finally, TEST SHOT, the first book in my Hot Shot erotic contemporary series will be releasing from Loose Id. It’s set in Brooklyn, NY with the backdrop of an erotic talent agency.
Along with those stories, I’m also looking forward to releasing NEED ME, the next book in my Unveiled series at Ellora’s Cave (yep, I like series!) and LOVE BITES, my first paranormal erotic novel at Decadent Publishing. It’s going to be a busy summer and fall for me, book-wise!
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you and your work?
Facebook: Cari Quinn
I’m offering a $5.00 gift certificate to Amazon/Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice) and one of my backlist ebooks to a random commenter who can answer this question: do you like books in a series, or do you prefer standalones? Which is your favorite and why?
Thank you so much for coming!