Hello everyone! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome Caridad Piñeiro to our sites today!
Caridad’s CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press, have garnered praise from both fellow authors and reviewers and are helping to make Latina fiction a vital part of the publishing mainstream.
In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors. In 2007, a year marked by the debut of six novels from Harlequin and Pocket Books, Caridad received the Golden Apple Award Author of the Year Award from the New York City Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Other honors that Caridad has received include the selection of DANGER CALLS and DEATH CALLS as the Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA magazine, the Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award for Best Nocturne in 2006 and the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf award in 2001 for Best Short Contemporary. Her other titles have received a number of nominations, such as the Harlequin Readers Choice Awards and RIO Reviewers Choice Awards. Both DANGER CALLS and SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH CHICAS have been book club selections.
Caridad’s eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list and #123 on the USA TODAY Bestseller List. HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, a paranormal anthology with Maureen Child, made the BookScan Top 100 Adult Fiction list.
In 2009, Caridad introduced a new paranormal romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing. The first novel in the series, SINS OF THE FLESH, was released in November 2009.
When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. She is also an attorney, wife and mother.
We told you quite a bit about Caridad’s backlist in her bio above, but her most recent release, THE LOST (Sin Hunters Book #1), was just dropped on August 1, 2011 and we are here to help her celebrate and promote! Book #2 of the Sin Hunters series, THE CLAIMED, is due out in May of 2012. For those of you that haven’t heard about THE LOST or the Sin Hunter’s series, let’s give you a little more information (LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review of THE LOST can also be found on http://www.literaladdiction.com/book-reviews.php/ today, as well as out in Amazon, GoodReads and LibraryThing).
Sound good? It is! Now that we’ve got your interest peaked, let’s found out some more about the author behind THE LOST shall we!?
Book Monster Reviews/ LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Caridad! We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote THE LOST and the beginning of the Sin Hunters series!
We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the book…
Q2): Did anyone or anything special inspire you to become an author?
CARIDAD: I was always an avid reader and in the fifth grade, my teacher assigned a project: to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. The idea fascinated me since I loved books and couldn’t imagine what it would take to write on. I went home and started writing and haven’t stopped since!
Q3): What has been the biggest surprise with regards to your writing career to-date?
CARIDAD: The biggest surprise was just how much work goes into a book after you’ve finished it. Besides the revisions and various edits to make a final product, there is also all the work connected with promoting the book once it’s released. That adds up to a great deal of work.
Q5): If you could describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?
CARIDAD: Determined, loyal, stubborn, responsible, American.
Q6): Who are some of your favorite authors, and what’s in your TBR pile right now?
CARIDAD: It’s tough to find time to read with my schedule, but when I do, I always have a pile of J.D. Robb’s IN DEATH series in my TBR pile. Nora manages to write them more quickly than I can read them, so there are always a few I have to catch up on. I rarely read in my paranormal genre for a variety of reasons, but I do devour romantic suspense books and also, books from the Harlequin Desire series. My favorite authors there are Maureen Child and Catherine Mann.
CARIDAD: I would love to spend time with Bobbie Carrera from THE LOST. I found her to be so strong, loving and honorable. As for what we would do, I could picture us strolling along the boardwalk and stopping at one of the restaurants there to sit and chat, maybe eat some lobster or clams.
Q11): What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
CARIDAD: My daughter, a cute kitten or puppy and a trip to the flea market.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to THE LOST and the Sin Hunter’s series… J
Q12): Was there any specific inspiration that lead to the concept and creation of THE LOST and the start of the Sin Hunter’s series?
CARIDAD: I had an experience once during a trip to Rome with my family. We went to St. Peter’s on Palm Sunday and the energy of the people gathered there to worship was powerful. You could almost feel it. I thought about that energy and how many cultures believe in life forces and auras and thought, “What if there was a race of people who could actually tap into those forces?” That’s how the Sin Hunters were born and why they are able to gather energy to use it for lots of different things.
Q14): What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing THE LOST to life?