Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
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What inspires you to write?
I don’t have one specific thing that inspires me. Things all over the world can serve as inspiration for a story.
Tell us about your writing process.
A writing process? What process? I wish I had a process. Unfortunately, I have a four-year-old, so my “process” is – write whenever you can. But when I’m able to write, I’m a pantser – I don’t work off more than a couple of paragraphs of outline material. Oftentimes I finish a chapter and have no idea what’s going to happen next. I don’t edit as I go – it slows me down. So I write and write until I have a first draft completed, then go back and revise. It’s not unusual for me to add 10-20% more words in the revision stage.
I don’t use index cards, whiteboards, software, or anything like that. Word is good enough for me! There are no character sketches, written physical descriptions (outside the story itself) or anything like that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am a pantser, so I guess you could say I listen to the characters. But my characters don’t really “talk” to me like I’ve heard some writers say. The characters drive the story, so that’s the most important thing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Your best marketing is to write another book. And then another. Don’t get bogged down in unnecessary details or too much description. Make sure you have proper hooks at the end of every couple of chapters. It gives your readers reason to keep going rather than putting the book down.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did research on what publishers wanted the types of books I was writing. Then I sent off the query letters and kept writing. I published the second book I ever wrote and haven’t looked back since.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s an exciting time to be in publishing. The world is changing so much and though not all the changes are positive for writers, many are. I don’t think paperbacks will go the way of the dinosaur, but it seems obvious ebooks are still poised to take over more marketshare in the overall publishing world.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary romance, erotic romance, sports romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print