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C A Szarek Interview –

April 2021 Calendar Girl


USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of romantic suspense, epic and historical fantasy romance, C.A. loves to dabble in different genres. If it’s a good story, she’ll write it, no matter where it seems to fit!

She's a hopeless romantic and always will be. Risking it all for Happily Ever After is what she lives by!


How many different genres do you write? 

I write a lot more than I have books out for, LOL! I am published in Epic/High Fantasy Romance, Romantic Suspense and Historical Fantasy (Scottish Highlander Time Travels) and I also write Paranormal and YA, but I don’t have books out… Yet.


Tell us about the type of characters you love to write about.

Alpha males and strong females. They’re interesting and flawed and have cool jobs. They usually introduce themselves to me.


Do you have a new book or series?

Life has been crazy, and taken me away from writing more than I like, so my latest release has been out for a while, however, that’s the best thing about books, they’re forever.

King of Hearts is the first book of 4, about the Giovanni family, who own a casino on the strip in Las Vegas. Gio is a broody detective that hooks back up with an old flame, Maddie, who’s a US Marshall. It’s a bit steamier than my other books, because they really like each other, or love to hate each other (at least, at first!).


Favorite quote?

From author Anne McCaffrey:

“Who wills…Can

Who tries…Does

Who loves…Lives”


What do you do when you just don’t feel like writing?

I never “don’t feel like writing.” LOL! I always have to steal my time to write. However, I do watch way too much TV.


There’s a lot of controversy going around about how authors shouldn’t write about things they’ve never experienced, i.e. if you’re not trans, gay, an addict etc. don’t write a character like that…what’s your take on that?

Personally, I don’t have any gay characters at this moment in time, but my characters always “introduce” themselves to me, so if one tells me he/she is LBGT, that would be fine with me. I don’t have plans for any at this moment in time, but it could happen. Love is love, and I personally love to read M/M, and as we know, a lot of gay romance writers are not gay. I feel like authors can write what they want/feel, and their own take on their characters/subject matters are on them. There are ways to be authentic. I have never been a doctor or an FBI agent, or even a kindergarten teacher, yet I have several characters who are. That’s what research is for. They do say, “write what you know” and I disagree with that on its face. It makes our worlds too small. We can research and tell a good story.


Many indie authors don’t get their books edited by professionals. What advice would you give them?

Editing is even MORE important than writing. I wouldn’t publish a pamphlet without getting it edited. Editing is also the most expensive cost an indie author will spend before the book comes out, but it’s so very important. There are editors of all costs out there, and most (if not all) will do a sample edit so you can see how they work. I am an editor, and I work with authors; payment plans when necessary. It’s possible. My advice: Get your book professionally edit it, or don’t publish it. It will save you negative reviews or issues with vendors.


Will you be attending any book signings or conventions? 

As long as everything goes smoothly (and they have it) I will be at Writers on River, in East Peoria, IL July 17, 2021


Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.

Never ever give up.


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