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Caridad Pineiro-Scordato Interview
Posted By admin On January 31, 2007 @ 7:12 pm In | 1 Comment
Publication Date: February 1, 2007
Caridad Pineiro-Scordato is author of The Calling series. The most recent addition to the series, Devotion Calls, was released in January. A free electronic read from Silhouette Nocturne entitled Desire Calls is due out in April, with Blood Calls due out in paperback in May.
Give us an update on yourself. What's your latest news?
I’m currently working on another three books in THE CALLING vampire series and hope to spin off two of the characters into a new series of books – think BUFFY meets BONES. I’m also really excited that I’ll be part of the MOON FEVER anthology from Pocket Books in October 2006 with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland. For that anthology, I’ve done a novella titled Crazy for the Cat which is a story about a New Jersey ethnobotanist who becomes involved with a were-jaguar during a research expedition to the Amazon.
What's your upcoming or latest book/story about?
DEVOTION CALLS, my January release from Silhouette Nocturne, is about a psychic healer who poses as a santero in Spanish Harlem. The santero, Ricardo Fernandez, has chosen to do this in order to be able to help people who need his healing powers. But Ricardo’s powers come with a dark side – the ability to take life – and with limits. He can only expend so much power before he risks his life. The villain in the piece is a chupacabra – a goat sucker. I wanted to choose a demon with which people might not be familiar. I’ve given the chupacabra a twist – it was once human and believes that Ricardo can use his special powers to restore that humanity. I loved creating something totally new that still involved the vampires from the world of THE CALLING and which was filled with emotion since the santero will be asked to use his powers to help the terminally ill mother of a woman who he will come to love – Sara Martinez – who first appeared in DANGER CALLS (June 2005).
How did you come up with the title?
Ricardo is devoted to healing others and the calling of the devotion is of foremost importance to him. In DEVOTION CALLS, Ricardo has to balance the call of that devotion with many realities – the limits of his powers, the dark side of them and the pull of a woman’s love and her needs.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer, and what inspired you to start writing?
In the fifth grade, my teacher assigned a project – to write a novel that would be placed in a class lending library. Once I started writing, I was hooked and knew that what I wanted to do more than anything was to be a writer.
When did you write your first book?
In the fifth grade. Although the book was supposed to be twenty typed pages, by the end of the year, I had 120 pages! It probably would have been a longer book, but I ran out of time.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
As a child I went through a number of phases until the fifth grade, when I realized I loved writing. But I also realized that all the phases I’d gone through before then and which I’ve experienced since then, were all about writing. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that you can live vicariously through all the characters you create.
What projects are you working on now?
I’m currently working on new books for THE CALLING series and a spin-off. I’m also doing some revisions on a romantic suspense novel – SECRET AGENT REUNION, which is a sequel to MORE THAN A MISSION. SECRET AGENT REUNION will be available in August 2007 from Silhouette Intimate Moments.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to garden, cook and travel. My garden has taken on new directions since I put in a pond two years ago and have been busy refining it and adding to it. Cooking is the one thing I can imagine doing for a living besides writing. I’ve got recipes up on my website if you want to check them out!
What does your family think of your writing?
My family thinks it’s great as do all of my friends. Since the publication of my first book, my daughter has also found that she loves to do it and writes in her journals every night. I think she writes more than I do!
How long does it take you to write a book?
I can finish a short contemporary in about 2 months. For longer single titles, it usually takes me 3 to 5 months depending on how long and the nature of the story.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write every day! I commute to my full-time job in Manhattan and write on the commute to and from work. I do the bulk of my writing on the weekends – usually 3 or 4 hours every Saturday or Sunday and usually in the morning. If I’ve got major deadlines, I will also write at night, but not usually. I reserve nights for family and when I can, for working on my website and promo-related work.
Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
I write with the television on. Always. Depending on what I’m writing, I may vary what it is. For THE CALLING vampire series or romantic suspense, I usually have on vampire-related things or dark action-packed movies. For my women’s fiction stories, it’s usually Sandra Bullock or some kind of romantic comedy.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
From stories in the newspapers or a weird idea that pops into my head. I then research whatever I need to craft the story. For example, in BLOOD CALLS (my May 2007 release from Silhouette Nocturne), the story revolves around art fraud, so I had to research information on how it’s done, auction houses, etc. It was very interesting to discover how art frauds are committed and the many controversies involving works in some museum collections.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters that you care about. I believe in putting lots of emotion in the stories and having readers identify with them so much that they cannot wait to see what happens to them.
What was one of the most surprising things you've learned in creating your books?
How much work there is after the actual writing of the
book. From revision requests to galleys to promos, the work after is intense and demanding.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I can’t say that I have any style in general, but I am a very character-driven writer. To me, the characters and their traumas are what make a story really work.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Descriptions of settings, clothing, etc. I always have to go back and put those things into the first draft.
How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
DEVOTION CALLS is my 14th book and I’ve got another 5 coming out in 2007! My favorite has to be DARKNESS CALLS because it was a book that made me take a risk since it was so different from what I had been doing up to that point. Taking a risk made me realize that I could write in a lot of different genres. It also helped me realize what kinds of books I liked to write.
Who or what has influenced your writing?
I’m influenced by life experiences and by good writing in many different kinds of media, from books to television to movies. Good writing is what sets apart the things that are exceptional from the mundane.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Nora Roberts and in particular, her writing as J.D. Robb. I love gritty empowered heroines and romantic suspense. The other thing about Nora – her consistency. It’s amazing how she maintains such a high standard in all her works
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Again, Nora Roberts. She’s inspiring because of her skill and also, how prolific she is.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong have both recently snared my attention, again because of the grittiness of their heroines and their strengths.
Who designs the covers of your books?
The covers of the books are designed by the art departments of the respective houses. As an author, I provide information on what I consider key scenes and what they are wearing and ten the art departments do the rest.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I hear from readers and love hearing from readers. They will often ask about certain characters that they liked and whether they will get their own stories. They also will ask how I decided to create a certain character or story element. Readers can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my blog at www.caridad.com/blog. I also have a newsletter/contest loop where I provide info on what’s up and have a monthly contest. Readers can subscribe by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. I also have a similar loop for booksellers, with some fun prizes to celebrate this year’s releases. Booksellers can subscribe by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! If it wasn’t for the readers and their interest, it wouldn’t make any sense to write. Being able to touch a reader with a story is the most important thing to me as a writer.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
NEVER GIVE UP! Perseverance is sometimes the only difference between being published or not. For pre-published writers, I’ve got some writing articles up on my blog and website. They can also direct any questions on the process via e-mail, or if they are in the NJ area, check out the workshops or writing groups that I have at some local bookstores.
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