Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ask Five with....CARA NORTH!!

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Meet Cara North! She might be new as a published author, but she has a great future ahead of her.
Cara is really nice and I'm thrilled she's our guest this weekend. If you have any questions for her, feel free to ask!

Sit back and meet Cara...

What is the title of your latest release and what's it about?

The latest release is The Art of Ethan. It is about Grace, a schoolteacher who seems to be stuck in a rut with her life. She has a routine and nothing breaks it, she has settled into being who she is though she deperately wants something more. When her cousin Megan brings Chase, Megan's Fiance and his older brother Ethan to visit, all bets are off. Ethan hasn't had to work for a womans attention in a long time so Grace is a challenge he hopes to win- and win over forever.

What made you decide to become a writer?

I've always journaled. When I was a kid I would make up characters and stories. My mother said I wrote a book when I was little and the school kept it. I know it is something I have to do to be sane. If I go long periods of time without writing in some fashion, I start to get irritable and cranky and man I am no fun to be around then.

For you, what comes first, the characters or the plot?

Characters. Once I know who they are and what they want it is easier for me to make it hard for them to get it. LOL!


Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?

Lori Foster is my all time favorite author, her characters drive the stories and I love that. As friendship/mentoring goes I would have to say that Judi McCoy has a huge influence on me, Crystal B. Bright/Bridgette Midway reminds me to keep pushing and keep promoting. Stella Price is a very good friend of mine and her artwork and promotional ideas know no bounds. But Diane Merlin is the person who I have to credit with starting all of this for me. I found her phone number on a bookstore door and thought if this lady is brave enough to put her number on the door then she is serious about writing and she is- I love her, she is one of my very best friends now and though it is years later, we still try to meet and critique, just not as often as before when we were not published.

Finally, what's coming up in the near future for you?

Sanity? LOL! I wish. I will have both the Beaufort Series and The Cowboy Series out in print by the end of 2008. I have several other stories competing for my attention in my head right now, who knows which will win by the time I get to sit down and write them.

Please let me say thank you for this interview and for those who came to the blog to read it. I am a small fish in a small pond and I know that, so every opportunity is valuable to me. For that reason I will send Patti one print copy each of The Art of Ethan and Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off as soon as I get them so she can give them away to the readers. In the meantime you can see what else I am working on at http://www.teasepublishingllc.com/teasepub2.htm

Hugs to you all,
Cara

Thanks Cara! Check out Cara's website here.

13 comments:

jackietoo said...

Cara,

I checked out your website and am really looking forward to the Beaufort series. One question: Is THE ART OF ETHAN the first in the series or do Chase and Megan have their own story?

Thanks for introducing me to Cara, Patti! :D

nascarandbeans said...

thank you Patti for introducing me to another wonerful author.. i will be looking for your books for sure. They sound awesome.
I love discovering authors that i havent tried before.

Rachelle said...

Here are 5 questions from me:

How long does it actually take you to sit down and write a novel?

If you were given the opportunity to write an anthology with any four authors, alive or dead, who would you pick and why?

How do you balance your personal and writing time?

Do you have any special rituals to help you get in the mood to write?

If you were stranded on an island, what hero from your books would you
want to be stranded with?

Stacy S said...

Both books sound great. Can't wait to read them.

Cara North said...

Jackitoo: Ethan is the first in the series, (bad Cara) I didn't write one for Megan and Chase- though I might now you mentioned it... :)

Nascarandbeans: Thank you and I love Patti she always introduces new books to me too, you know she is a writer also? I can't wait to buy her stuff!

Rachelle: 1. I wrote the Beaufort Series all 3 books in about a 12 month period. I was obsessed and had to get it out so I spent every waking available minute writing. Tequila took me 6 months to write by itself becasue of my work schedule so I guess it depends on how much time I get to give to the computer. I would write all day and night if I could. 2. Lori Foster, Megan Hart, Emma Holly, and Judi McCoy, because they have been some of the greatest influences to my life as a reader and an author. 3. I give my husband the playstation, or I write when he is in the field. (We are a Marine Coprs family) 4. I have to have a coke-cola or some tea and something to snack on- otherwise I am good to write anywhere any time.5. Yikes. What a loaded question! LOL. hmm, Ethan would make it interesting, Jack could rustle up something, but I would have to say Ayden Wolf from the last of the Beaufort Series, he is a prior Navy Seal and FBI agent, he should be able to get us out of ther, or at least make living there acceptable. LOL!

Stacy S.: Thank you


Wow, I am truely grateful to Patti for blogging about me. I will check in over the weekend to see if yo have more questions, ask me anything- wanna know the weird stuff you get if you write one erotic romance? My sister-in-law bought me "The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Acts" for research she said. LOL I told her I was intrigued and a bit frightened that this is what my gifts have turned into. LOL

Have a great day!
Cara

Cherie J said...

I enjoyed the interview. It is always great to learn about a new author. I took a look at your website Cara and your books sound great. Thanks for being here!

kim h said...

sounds hot

PattiF said...

Hi Cara..

LOL about your sister in law's book gift.
I have a copy of the Complete Idiots Guide to Amazing Sex. All pure research. :-D

Do you find it hard to write sex scenes? Or to be original?

nascarandbeans said...

hmm i need to find a copy of that one and give it to my husband...

Cara North said...

I really enjoy reading a good steamy sex scene. One that has a surprise, that takes me some place I would not dare go with the lights out and the hottest man on the planet in my own bed. LOL! It is about the escape, the fantasy, and the voyeristic element as a writer to watch the scene in your head and hopefully capture it, the good and bad on the page. I write based on the movie reel rolling in my brian. It is weird and a little hard to explain but I have to watch how things play out. Like a filmmaker I can have final edit and cut or re-shoot a scene if need be, but I try to just let the characters act out and then if it is original it is, but I doubt I have written anything that hasn't been written before, it just has my own take or spin to it. They are my characters and the emotion between them is what makes it different. At least that is what I hope. LOL

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read, enjoyed the interview and exerpts!

nascarandbeans said...

I love your covers and titles do you get to pick your own titles, and have any say in the covers?

Cara North said...

Thank you all for having me and for being so kind.
To answer one last q: Yes ma'am I do get to pick my own titles and thanks to my cover artist Stella Price I get to put a whole lot of input into the cover, she is very determined that we love the cover we have on our work. She has done the majority of the tease covers. Check em out at www.teasepublishingllc.com


Thank you all again for having me.
I'll send Patti copies to give away when I get them in my greedy little paws-- heeheheehe
Cara