Calinda B

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: July 25, 2011

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A Wicked Awakening | Published by Sumner McKenzie, Inc and eBookit, | Paranormal Romance | Release Date: July 12, 2011

With a good-versus-evil plot and a dash of a super-heroine in the making, Wicked Awakening describes the journey of an insecure woman whose loving relationships awaken her wisdom and power - as her foes plot to absorb her into darkness.

A Wicked Awakening is a must read for anyone with voyeuristic propensity to observe various forms of love - primal, energetic and cosmic - at work and play. This multidimensional read awakens memories of soul connections that we crave and rarely find in our earthly realms, it quenches our inner-beast's desire for loin-quivering, heart-quickening narrative, and most of all, inspires the desire for our own energetic healing to heighten our self-love and increase our power take charge of our lives.

Please tell us your latest news!

My new book, A Wicked Awakening, is out! I had so much fun writing it, I hope my enjoyment seeps through to the readers. I laughed, I cried, I fumed and I raged...and I got crazy turned on by the sexy scenes. Other readers have had similar responses - that's good! It means my crazy little world can touch others, too!

Book 2 in The Wicked Series is well under way! I love the way the characters are evolving. In each one I get to pour qualities I've experienced or met along the way.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have more than one favorite author - Jaquelyn Carey, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon are a few who come to mind. I love their descriptive writing, juicy sex scenes and the world of fantasy and paranormal.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I've always been told I was a good writer but had no interest in pursuing it. I'd rather be out in the world exploring. Recently, however, I thought "I need to get my voice out into the world." I told my youngest son, "I'm going to write a book, just you wait." And write it I did. It flew from my fingertips. I guess I found my current calling...

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Please describe your writing environment.

I have the great fortune of being able to work at home, surrounded by trees and water in the breathtaking Pacific Northwest. Honestly, I live in one of the most gorgeous places on earth, as evidenced by the long lines of cars waiting to get on the ferry to get over here, or get back on the ferry to get home.

My office is upstairs. Pictures of huge reef sharks adorn the walls, taken on a scuba trip in 2010. A globe sits in the corner, beckoning exploration of places far and wide. Two fine cats wander in from time to time and need to be locked out of the office so I can get my work done. I call them the pester pets. My sweetie pie works in the room next door. I count my blessings on a regular basis. Gratitude is a very, very good thing to cultivate.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Writing is pure pleasure - when I write, I am a happy, happy woman. Often, I will be sitting in my office laughing my head off at some of the scenes I write (I've got a quirky sense of humor). When I try to tell my sweetie-pie why I am laughing so hard, he says, "Forget it - I can't understand you. I'll wait."

So what's the hard part, you ask? It's the marketing that can be a bit of a challenge. It's the not-writing. It's the reaching out to the public and waving my hands saying "Over here! Good read, right here!" I'm getting good at the hand waving, though. Plus, I meet a lot of interesting people along the way. But really, I just want to wake up at 5 am and spend time with all my imaginary friends.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

Reading George Martin's A Clash of Kings. The first book, A Game of Thrones got depressing when characters started dying off but I could not put it down. So, I headed off to the second book, immediately. The writing is amazingly rich and descriptive. In each chapter, I feel like I am right there with the characters, in their skin, feeling them, experiencing what they are experiencing.

What inspires your writing?

Life experience! I have had, and continue to have an interesting life. In fact, at a party the other night, one of my friends said "I think you make up half of what you tell us."

"I wish!" I replied. "Do you really think I could make this up? That's why I started writing!" We all laughed.

It's true - a colorful life, full of struggle, adventure, overcoming adversity, strange and interesting people and ultimately rocketing into the dreams-do-come-true sphere gives me lots to write about.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

Two fine Abyssinian cats prowl the house. They are bright, beautiful and smart, smart, smart. Being in my face 24/7 they teach me many things about living with little animals. I sprinkle what I learn throughout my writing.

Signing Off: Calinda B - Helping you explore the sexy world inside and outside your head.