In Memory of Aimee Thurlo

Caridad Pineiro

1) What is your new book about?
Although many are familiar with my writing thanks to THE CALLING vampire series for Harlequin (and fans will be happy to know it returns in 2012), for my new novel, THE LOST (July 26, 2011) I wanted to experiment with a paranormal story that didn.t have vampires or demons. I wracked my brains trying to think of what kind of mythology might intrigue readers and little by little the world of the SIN HUNTERS was born. It.s a mythology steeped in the history of the Americas, filled with characters with amazing powers and very sexy and romantic as well. The premise of the Sin Hunters is that the The Hunters, a race that has existed on this planet for millennia, gathering energy and possessing a wide range of abilities due to that power. From shapeshifting to travel at the speed of light, the Hunters possessed incredible powers that they kept to themselves for centuries. Occasionally the Hunters would breed with the humans, creating hybrids who oftentimes possessed greater intelligence and strength. Because of that they often became the leaders and warriors of the humans. Unti...moreHunters are a race that has existed on this planet for millennia. The Hunters have learned to gather energy and possess a wide range of powers due to that ability. From shapeshifting to travel at the speed of light, the Hunters have kept these incredible powers to themselves for centuries. Occasionally the Hunters would breed with humans and the hybrids made by these unions possessed greater intelligence and strength. Because of that these hybrids often became the leaders and warriors of the humans. But the fate of the Hunters was irrevocably altered when the Conquistadors landed on the shores of the Americas. The Conquistadors brought all kinds of illnesses to the indigenous people and when smallpox contaminates the Hunters, it ignites a civil war between those who have survived the pox.the Light Hunters.and those who are forever blighted by the disease.the Shadow Hunters. The hero in THE LOST, Adam Bruno, is an heir to this ancient race, although he does not know this at the start of the story. All he knows is that he possesses unusual powers which he is trying to control. Bobbie Carrera, the heroine, is a Marine who is home from combat, but is physically and emotionally wounded. The last thing Bobbie wants is to become involved in another war, but a chance encounter with Adam, and her undeniable bond with him, will once again force Bobbie to fight. When I built the world for THE LOST, I decided to set the story along the Jersey Shore because I wanted the Hunters to be able to take energy not just from the Hunters and humans around them, but from nature as well. For that reason, the Hunters each have affinities that range from gathering energy from lightning and water to assuming the shapes of seagulls, cats or dolphins with a simple touch. I hope you'll take the time to check out THE LOST and my new paranormal series, the SIN HUNTERS. To read an excerpt for THE LOST, you can visit this link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/55173637/The-LOST-Paranormal-Romance-by-Caridad-Pineiro For more information on the SIN HUNTERS and Caridad, please visit www.caridad.com

2) How do you balance your work and your life?
I still have a full time job, so it takes a lot of balance. I've become an early bird so that helps a lot. I'm up at 5 and on a train to work by 6. I'm able to write on the train on the way to work and on the way home, so that gives me a good deal of writing time. On the weekends, I'm up for a few hours before the family and do my writing then. Family is a priority with me, so I try to involve them with my writing and they help with promotional materials and accompany me to some conferences and book signings.

3) What's your writing process-- do you work from outlines or do you prefer off-the-cuff?
I used to write off-the-cuff, but now I usually do a short synopsis and work from there. I do deviated on occasion, but not by a lot. I find that having some basic framework helps keep me from straying too far in the story.

4) What advice would you give a new writer wanting to break in?
Never give up. The publishing world is tough and full of rejection, but you can do it if you are willing to work hard, improve your craft and learn about how the publishing industry works. I would highly recommend finding a writing group to help you with the last two.

5) Where do you get your ideas?
I get them from all kinds of things. Sometimes a news article gets my brain going. Othertimes a character pops into my head and won't stop talking to me until I start developing a story for them. For THE LOST, the idea of using the energies in humans and nature helped create the mythology for the SIN HUNTERS.

6) Who are your favorite authors?
I read all kinds of stories. J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is one of my favorites. I also like the Bronte sisters and dystopian novels by authors such as Zamiatin.

7) Is there anything you'd like to tell your readers?
I love to hear from readers and have made many new friends thanks to my writing. It's one of the best things that's happened from my writing: meeting new people.

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