Interview with C A Szarek
Interview with C A Szarek
Affaire de Coeur's
February Calendar Girl
Welcome! We are so glad you have come to spend some time with us. Let's get started on the Interview Questions.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Ohio, but have been living in (and loving) Texas since 2002. I really love the south. Of course, I am fond of the no-winter thing, compared to where I grew up, but it seems my stories have transitioned locale with me. My romantic suspense series, Crossing Forces, takes place in a small TX city I made up.
Married/In a relationship? Children? Pets?
Yes. Happily married for just over nine years. No kids, but three furbabies. Tazer, my dog. Harley is hubs dog, and a kitty, Bailey.
Do you have another job other than writing?
I actually have two jobs. I am a busy girl, yes. I work for two municipal courts as the Juvenile Case Manager during the week (it’s my 8a-5p) and on the w/ends I work overnight at a Shelter for teens. I seem to love troubled kids as much as I do writing.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
LOL! I actually like to “runaway” to write. When I feel restless or grumpy, usually I need to write. So I like to be alone with my laptop. Writing calms me.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
Yes. Tons. My 2014 is insane. I live in North Texas, and I have two local (sorta) signings in Feb. Sat 2/15 I will be in Dallas at Adventures in Fresh Fiction, then 2/22 I will be at Houston Author Bash, in Katy, TX. March 30, I will be at the Texas Two Step in Fort Worth, TX. In 4/20 I will be at The Indie Road in Tyler, Texas. I will also be attending RT (May) RomCon (June) and RWA Nationals (in July) as well as LexiCon in Denton, TX in July. CRAZY fun coming up!
Do you have a critique partner?
Yes, several. I think every writer needs them. They honestly had made my writing what it is.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Keep writing. No matter what.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
Yes! I am currently working on a few things. Book 4 of the Crossing Forces Series, Collision Control and Book 2 of the Highland Secrets Trilogy, The Fae Ring. I’m always writing SOMETHING. And I have a list of characters, in several series waiting for their turn.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Easiest: Documenting my stories so people can share my love for my characters.
Hardest: Self-doubt and writers’ block. I think everyone has these unpleasant things. But I just motor through. Get the words on the page and tell the inner-editor to shut up until it’s the time to analyze the words. I am the toughest critic there is, so when I show someone something of what I’ve written and they tell me it’s okay, I feel better a little bit, but it doesn’t always keep me from doubting. It is what it is, and I just have to work hard to get through it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Sword’s Call (King’s Riders Book One)—Fantasy Romance—is my first published work. It actually came to me in a dream—no joke. I dreamt of this kickass girl with a magic sword and a wolf at her side and it kinda went from there. It was a long time between me writing it and it actually coming out, but the wait was worth it because I got to make it the best book I could make it.
What ignites your creativity?
My characters. They won’t shut up until their stories are down. But seriously, I enjoy learning about them, forming them, holding their hand through crisis and watching them find love. It’s the hopeless romantic in me. They’re real to me and I want to share them with the world.
Is your writing area/office organized or strategically placed chaos?
Pretty organized, I guess. I write for the most part on my laptop in my recliner in my living room. Sometimes I make notes on my cellphone, which is usually glued to my hand. If I’m desperate and I HAVE to write, I have jotted things down in a notebook. I have a mini-pad and pen on my headboard for those sit-up-in-bed-gasping moments. Sometimes I dream and HAVE to write it NOW.
Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?
I listen to music, rock and alternative. I can’t write in silence, then I can’t think. I can’t watch TV because if I take a moment to look at the screen I start watching it. So, music it is!
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
Never give up. Ever. If you want this, go for it. Writing is hard. It often takes a third, fourth, fifth try. Rejection happens. Move on. Like I said, if you want this, you will make it happen.
What is your web page/facebook/twitter contact information?
Where to find C.A.:
What would you like to say to your readers?
Thank for reading and enjoying my stories! They will continue to come out, so I hope you continue to check out my work!
Read an excerpt from Chance Collision
Collision Force (Crossing Forces Book One): OUT NOW
Cole in Her Stocking (A Crossing Forces Christmas): FREE READ OUT NOW!
Chance Collision (Crossing Forces Book Two): Jan 31, 2014
Calculated Collision (Crossing Forces Book Three): June 9, 2014
Sword's Call (King's Riders Book One): OUT NOW!
Love's Call (King's Riders Book Two): COMING SOON!
Fate's Call (A King's Riders Novella): COMING SOON!