Monday, November 23, 2009

FEATURED AUTHOR: Caridad Pineiro

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project - to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word through high school, college and law school. In 1999, Caridad's first novel was released and a decade later, Caridad is the author of over twenty novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista. For more information on Caridad, please visit

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

Around this time of year, we're all into the scary monster thing, but I would like readers to consider that humans can be much scarier than monsters because they are real and much more inhumane. I'd also like them to take away that love and honor can conquer even the most impossible odds.

Why did you choose to write this book?

I love writing paranormal suspense, but decided it was time to explore a slightly different type of paranormal, namely, one where the otherworldly elements were created by real life science. SINS OF THE FLESH was born out of that desire.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned that there are lots of interesting things happening in the world of genetic engineering that could hopefully one day help people overcome some dangerous illnesses. I also learned that a hero who is not so perfect provided a powerful story of redemption.

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?

There is a later scene in the book where the heroine, Caterina, picks up her cello and begins to play in order to restore peace to her soul before what she knows will be a very dangerous task. As she is playing, the hero comes into the room to listen and he is overcome by her music and his love for her. What ensues is a very touching and loving scene between the two.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

That it is a very demanding craft which requires a combination of passion, talent, creativity and perseverance. When I first started writing, I thought, "How hard is it to write a book?" As I discovered later, it's very hard, but I love doing it.

What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?

The best lesson I learned from another writer is to never be afraid to try something different and challenge yourself. I had been writing contemporary romances at first, but took a chance and wrote something darker. By doing so I discovered my strongest voice and the one that I loved the most.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?

The toughest test I faced as a writer was when the line for which I was writing, the multicultural Encanto line, folded in 2001. It was difficult to think about what to do next, but it also came at a time when I was taking the risk to do something different, namely a vampire story. Unfortunately, in 2002 and 2003 I was being told that no one wanted vampires anymore. I stuck to it and eventually sold the story. The rest is history as they say.

What was the best advice you'd ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?

The best advice was to never say "No." No matter what an editor asks of you in terms of revisions, deadlines, etc. always go with the flow and try to satisfy their demands. Being known as a go-to girl will always help you get ahead. The worst thing - Don't try to be what you're not (namely, don't try anything different). You never know who you were meant to be unless you're willing to continue to grow and change.

Can you give us one do and one don't for those aspiring to be a writer?

Do be professional and polite in all your contacts with other authors and industry professionals.

Don't be a diva.

I borrowed this question from Author Carleene Brice, What is your author fantasy?

My author fantasy is to keep on publishing the stories that I love for a very long time.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

I was very shy as a child and young adult. It took a lot for me to come out of my shell and learn how to mingle and chat with others.

Five questions about books:

One book that you have read more than once.

The Wolf and the Dove.

One book you would want on a desert island.

Any of the J.D. Robb books.

One book that made you laugh.


One book that made you cry.

FINE THINGS by Danielle Steele.

One book you wish you'd written.


Our theme for this month is Time Management. Do you have any tips on making time for writing?

Since I still work full time and have a family, I carved out time by writing on my train ride to work and by getting up very early on Saturday and Sunday mornings, usually before the family was up. I've found that the morning hours are the most creative for me and I would tell you to try and find your peak creative time and try to schedule some time around that.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

My next book is the second one in the SINS series. It's titled STRONGER THAN SIN and it is about Jesse Bradford, a football player who is forced from the game thanks to a degenerative bone disease. Jesse bribes his way into a radical gene therapy project, only to discover that he is being used as a guinea pig. When Jesse is told that his sister is suffering from a more radical form of the disease, he is willing to do anything to help her, including joining with a black ops team. By doing so he will be introduced to Dr. Liliana Carrera, who has been recruited to help control the genes running crazy in his body, threatening to turn Jesse to bone. There's just one problem. Well, maybe two. Jesse falls hard for the beautiful doctor who is unaware of the fact that she is being used. When Liliana finds out the truth, their love will have to prove stronger than the mad men running the black ops team.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

Readers can visit me at , find me on Facebook and also, twitter at @CaridadPineiro. I love to hear from readers!


Caterina Shaw's days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment - a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body - and she's been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run.

Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he's hunting down is far from the vicious killer he's been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she's a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be. The heat that builds between them is irresistible, but surrendering to it could kill them both . . . for a dangerous group is plotting its next move using Caterina as its deadly pawn.

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1 comment:

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Wow what an interesting woman and author. Well wishes on your current book and future endeavors. Put my name in the hat for the book and T-shirt. Great post. Very inspiring for new writers.
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