Hi Cassandra! So happy to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour. Loose Id produce some gorgeous covers and yours in no exception! Okay, let get going with the questions...
1) What is your writing routine?
I don’t have a routine, per se. Because I have a four-year-old and only part-time childcare, I don’t really have the luxury of a routine. Instead, I work whenever I can, whether it’s something like this while my daughter watches a video or pounding out five thousand words on a day when she’s with a sitter.
As far as how I go about writing a book, I’m a fast-drafter. I write the first draft without going back to revise, unless I realize I need to add something earlier to make a plot point logical/expected later in the book. After I finish the first draft, I go back and revise it. This is when I add in layers – more emotion, more description, that sort of thing. I add a lot of words in revisions, as my first drafts tend to be lean. Then I send the book to critique partners, get it back, make changes if I think the critique was valid, read it once more and then send it off.
2) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
To read right now is male/male. There are tons of really talented writers doing male/male stories and I enjoy them a lot.
As far as writing, I like to work in several different subgenres, including sports romance, BDSM, ménage, male/male, and more. I like to give my readers some choices about what they read.
3) What do you expect from an editor?
I expect them to find any grammatical mistakes I make. I’m what they call a “clean writer” which means those types of mistakes aren’t common in my submissions, but no one is perfect. I also expect them to tell me if some aspect of the book, whether it be the plot, characterization, or something else, isn’t working and to suggest an alternative. Editors make our books better, but they shouldn’t have to hold our hands or fix a million careless mistakes. You should never take advantage of your editor.
4) What are you working on right now?
A million different things, it seems like! I just sent my longest book ever to my critique partners. It’s a mild BDSM story. I will be writing another male/male book and an erotic short story, plus the fifth book in my bull riders series.
5) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
Lots of people want to write a book. If you’re going to do it, do it. No excuses. Finish the book. Then revise it until it’s shiny. Then have someone who has no emotional stake in either you OR the story read it.
6) What was your favorite subject in school and why?
LOL probably English because I was good at it. Later, though, marketing classes. When I still had an Evil Day Job it was in marketing.
7) What is your favorite dessert?
I can only have one? Eesh. Um, chocolate lava cake.
8) High heels, sneakers or flip flops?
Depends on the occasion, but in general, flip flops or sneakers. I’m a low-maintenance kind of girl.
See the Light
by Cassandra Carr
Gay Contemporary Erotic Romance
Categories: May-December, Sports-Themed
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 42,000
Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.
Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction. The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. Then their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight. Will their love survive or be put on ice?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Stepping a little closer still—not enough to rouse suspicions should anyone come upon the two of them, but enough to better assess what was going through Jason’s mind and, if he was honest with himself, to experience that little thrill of attraction he’d missed so much lately—Patrick took a good look at the man in front of him. Jason might be younger than he by over fifteen years, but he wasn’t built like a kid. No, Jason was closer to a tank, and that had always been Patrick’s type. He wasn’t a fan of feeling like he was going to break some little twink in half.
Jason’s hair was dark brown and cut in one of those fashionable styles when it wasn’t plastered to his head after a hard practice like they’d had today. He also had full lips and a square jaw. For a younger man, his facial hair grew quickly, and his neck, jaw, and cheeks were covered in a thick scruff, even though Patrick knew the man had been clean shaven as per USA Hockey regulations for the team picture only two days ago.
Patrick wasn’t usually attracted to younger guys, but he had to admit, Jason had a certain magnetism that no doubt drew men and women alike to him. Eyes the color of honey were currently darting all over as if the man was looking for an escape hatch, and with no small amount of regret, Patrick took a step back. He now had a pretty good idea of what Jason’s problem was, but he refused to embarrass the kid by saying or doing anything, especially here.
There was no good way to end this awkward-as-hell encounter, though, and Patrick searched his mind for something nonthreatening to say. “Just promise me you’ll tell me if there’s something I ever say or do that makes you uncomfortable.”
Jason nodded, staring at the floor. “Can I go now?”
He retreated another step. “Of course.”
Without another word, Jason fled, and Patrick had to resist the urge to allow the wall to hold him up. He didn’t need to read a book on the principles of coaching to know that having an attraction to a player was bad news, especially one as young as Jason. Sure, he was well above legal at the age of twenty-two, but many would only see the large age difference and vilify Patrick.
About the Author
Cassandra Carr is a multi-published, award-winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren, Sybarite Seductions and Loose Id who 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 on Twitter. Cassandra's book Caught was recently named Best BDSM Book 2011 by LoveRomancesCafe and Impact was named BDSM Book of the Month for May 2012 by BDSM Book Reviews.
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