About the Author
Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 24 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal erotic romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I’ve been reading romance since I was a teenager. They’re feel-good stories. I’ve been a writer in one form or another all my life, but being a romance author is the best job in the world. I want my readers to feel happy after reading one of my books. I hope to make them laugh, to gasp in surprise, maybe cry a little, but definitely finish the book with a smile.
Tell us about how you write:
I’m a pantser. I’ll get a snippet of an idea, and I’ll daydream about it until I know enough about the story for the first two to three chapters, then I start writing. The more I get to know my characters, the more I learn about the story. I get a lot of ideas and plot points while in the shower, while walking or driving.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They talk to me and to each other. They wake me up at 3 a.m. Lol.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it. Write your book. Get socially connected before you seek to publish so you have a platform/infrastructure ready if you do get published.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had 15 books published with Loose Id, Decadent Publishing, Black Velvet Seductions, and Blushing Books before going Indie in 2014. At this writing, I’ve published 24 books. I wrote and had published my first erotic romance in 2009, but I’d been writing fiction for much longer than that. Getting published was always my goal, and until recent years, that meant going with a publisher. But epublishing, Amazon, and Kindle made self-publishing so much more viable. I would advise a new author to get a publisher first before going Indie. Learn what good editing is, what good cover art is, and after several years and several books, then self-publish if you want.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s going to change! The changes just since I got published in 2009 have been phenomenal. Looking in my crystal ball, I would venture a guess that ebooks will take over the market and audiobooks will continue to grow.
What genres do you write:: Science fiction romance, contemporary romance, spanking romance, and I’ve dabbled in fantasy, paranormal and romantic comedy.
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print
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