Interview with Cara Addison

What is your writing process? 
If there’s such a thing, I’m a method author. Just like in method acting, I create in myself the thoughts and feelings of my characters. I immerse myself in their lives, developing each personality, showcasing their unique qualities through actions, dialogue, and sexual behavior.
I begin with a concept, and the story unfolds as I write. In most cases, I can write a full length novel in 13 to 21 days.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? 
The first fictional novel I remember reading was ‘The Black Stallion.’ I remember how vivid of a picture was painted by the author as I was swept into the story. I try to write vivid imagery for my readers, just like Walter Farley did for me.

How do you approach cover design? 
Cover design is a challenging task for me. I work with questionnaire that helps to vet out the primary features of the story and how they might appear on the cover. I painstakingly describe the main characters and then highlight the attributes of the story that will appeal to readers. My graphic designer is a long time friend and she is capable of taking my vision and turning it into reality.
What do you read for pleasure? 
I read a mix of fiction and non-fiction. With a busy schedule, I don’t get to read as much as I’d like. Fortunately, ebooks allow me to read on the go.
What is your e-reading device of choice? 
My iPhone. It’s always with me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you? 
No question, social media has been an effective way to build a fan base. With multiple novels that are significantly different from each other, I enjoy interacting with fans to find which novel which would best suit their interests. I make myself available to fans to hear their feedback as their reading. This makes for very loyal fans.
Describe your desk 
It’s simple. I have a laptop, and a beverage (usually mineral water). My iPhone is always close at hand for social media interaction. I don’t use pen and paper to write and I don’t take notes. If I need to jot down an idea, I do that electronically. I never leave a trace as to what I’m writing or planning.
I can’t always sequester myself to my writing cave. When I’m on the go, I’m writing on my iPhone, often dictation with the voice to text feature.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? 
I grew up in rural Ontario. It was a beautiful place to grow up. I’m not sure that this geography has influenced my writing except that it’s where I learned to daydream. I learned to use my imagination to escape. I’ve been creating characters in my mind ever since I was a child.
When did you first start writing? 
While I’ve written business documents for years, I first attempted writing fiction in the fall of 2013. My first novel was published by Siren Bookstrand just six months later. Within my first year, I’ve written and published a total of five novels. Another is in the works.
What motivated you to become an indie author? 
After working with a publishing house for my first four novels, I decided to go indie. My fifth novel didn’t fit into any of their genres and they were unable to publish it. I was convinced that it was a solid novel and decided that in all that I’ve learned from my publisher, I was not comfortable continuing as an indie author.

Published 2015-01-25.

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