I want to introduce Cari Silverwood. I have been reading her books for a few years now. I love that she can write in any genre. From Kinky dark romance to romantic spoofs. It seems like nothing is sacred to her. In fact, if it is taboo she will probably write about it. She definitely stretches the imagination with her writing. I think she is a very cool author.
Setting the scene for our interview.
Tanya: First things first, if we’re meeting somewhere to conduct this interview, where would it be?
Cari: Sitting at a table, set with fine china and champagne flutes, on a rock shelf overlooking a crystal-clear pool.
Tanya: If there’s food involved, what type would it be? Is there a specialty that you would love to introduce someone from the US?
Cari: Pavlova? It’s a meringue outside filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Delish! http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/pavlova-3/e62d3cc8-a69d-4ae3-8a6d-5226751a274d
Tanya: I am having what you are having!
Tanya: What are you drinking?
Cari: For me? Champagne. Australian Pinot Noir.
Tanya: I love Pinot’s so I think I will try the Australian one!
Now the interview begins.
Tanya: Why do you write?
Cari: Because I love to. Writing is like doing this huge jigsaw in my head and making everyone do stuff I want them to and then getting it to fall together at the end…plus I love manipulating readers! *Mwahahahaaaa*
And writing sex is pretty awesome too 😀
Tanya: What & how long ago was your very first book?
Cari: It took me three years to write my first and it was one I recently actually published. Epic fantasy YA – Magience. Though I sort of made it closer to NA when I published it. I wrote that at the beginning of 2007? The follow-up Needle Rain took me only 6 months to write and it has some romance and erotic scenes. And it hints at my love of sadism too rofl – needles. It has acupuncture magic, though so did Magience.
Tanya: Has your writing changed from then to now? And, if so what has changed about it?
Cari: Yes, it has. I find it easier to sink into the scenes now, to put myself in character’s heads, to get that panoramic view of settings. I can write more complex plots also. Writing is like anything – practice it and it improves. You can also get jaded if you’re not careful though.
Tanya: What do you want to tell the reader about your books?
Cari: That I don’t follow the well-worn paths. Earth girl with alien? I’ve done it but nothing like the tropes. I always strive to put my own spin on things and my settings and plots are often more complex than others in the genre. I’m not into plain ol romance by itself. To satisfy me a story has to have other deep elements, and that often includes plots and settings.
Also, I write kinky, dark, mindfuckery lol Expect the unexpected. Expect sadomasochism with sharp things. You may be disturbed, depending on your morals and world-view.
Tanya: Do you have a hobby and if so what if you don’t mind sharing?
Cari: Reading was a big one but it’s fallen away since I became a full-time writer. I love walking outdoors beside the sea. Swimming, keeping fit. Writing at the moment is my biggest hobby 😀
I have in the past done archery, martial arts, white-water kayaking, but hobbies where you make things…writing is it. Gardening is a small hobby, I suppose.
Tanya: How did becoming a published author change you or your life or has it changed?
Cari: It has made me think about what I want in life. I’d always fantasized about being a writer but it seemed an impossible dream. I have thought more about my sexuality, because of what I write.
I have less time for other things – writing is very all-consuming.
Tanya: Is there a genre you haven’t written yet but, want to?
Cari: No. I’ve covered a lot of genres, though mixed in with romance.
Tanya: How is it collaborating with another author? Is it a hard process? You have a couple of books now that have been co-written.
Cari: It is a matter of compromise. It can be great fun riffing off one another. I’ve co-written with a few and everyone has their own way so you learn as you go. Nicolette Hugo is far slower at writing than I am so I’ve wanted to zap her a few times.
Maiming co-writers doesn’t make them write faster, I discovered. lol
Tanya: Is there an author that you want to co-write with and who is it if you don’t mind sharing?
Cari: No. I’m happy. It’s like dating, finding a co-writer, a lengthy process, so I really wouldn’t ask unless I really, really wanted to write with them.
Tanya: What is the most frustrating part about writing?
Cari: Time. The industry of publishing forces you to write faster than you often want to. I feel like a rat on a wheel some days.
Possibly that may change.
Tanya: What is the best thing about writing?
Cari: The entire creative process. From start to finish. Seeing that people are reading what you’ve written makes it all perfect.
Tanya: What’s next?
Cari: Next book? A small one I’m putting into an anthology with Addison Cain, Jennifer Bene, Nicolette Hugo.
Very, very dark. A mesmer tale – based on the world of Wicked Ways.
Next one to be published that is already written is Claimed Possession. Out on October 11th, 2017.
Tanya: I love this interview! Thank you so much Cari for doing it!
ADD to Goodreads
Blurb for Nightmare Rising
Centuries in our past, an alchemist tears a rift in reality and humankind’s nightmares and dreams invade this world. Solid as mist, as seeable as a sigh – they want to kill us, to possess us, to use us as their whore.
Soon…they whisper to themselves.
Saviours may come from dark places.
Teenagers swimming in a creek. Blood drifting deep. When Zara is young, her friend is taken by a killer. For most of her adult life, the man who took her friend stalks Zara with messages on postcards: MISSING YOU. ARE YOU MISSING ME?
She runs, hides.
Running is her best option until she and Valor Lacroix find each other, until the bomb blows up her street and the dead litter the pavement. Someone has reached under her skin, invaded her, and implanted strange abilities and memories. For the first time in forever she has power.
Zara dubs herself the girl most likely to give her friendly serial killer the finger in a terminal way. She’s a girl with a knife that stitches nightmares and dreams into skin.
She makes a mental note: begin search for vengeance.
Valor, a CIA agent gone feral, invites himself along – he needs Zara for reasons, good reasons.
Nightmares are rising, and the worst of them lies beside her.
If you save a monster, don’t turn your back.
About Cari Silverwood:
Cari Silverwood is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of kinky darkness or sometimes of dark kinkiness (and sometimes fantasy such as the Magience world books), depending on her moods and the amount of time she’s spent staring into the night. When others are writing bad men doing bad things you may find her writing good men who accidentally on purpose fall into the abyss and come out with their morals twisted in knots.
If you love my Magience world stories (Needle Rain and Magience), be aware these are the only books of mine that I don’t class as erotic.
My website, if you’re curious about my other evil pursuits: http://www.carisilverwood.net/
To find out about upcoming releases, please join Cari’s mailing list here carisilverwood.net/about-me.htm
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