Reading Romances interview with Cara Addison

Nat from Reading-Romances.com and I sat down this week for an interview.  Here’s what she asked me…

Nat: Who are your favorite romance writers and their book(s) ​that stands out for you?

Cara Addison: As a new-comer to this genre, I haven’t found a favorite as yet. I’ve been writing steadily for the past twelve months and in keeping my focus on developing my own characters, I choose not to read the writings of my fellow authors.   Wait!   Does Shakespeare count?   I’ve been a life-long fan of his writing and I intentionally weave a Shakespeare reference into every novel. In ‘Passion, Power, and Privilege‘ the reference is from Twelfth Night.

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If you could only describe a single scene to encourage someone to read Passion, Power and Privilege, which one would it be?

Brad’s birthday party in the later part of chapter 3. Kate and Brad have a casual and candid encounter where they share with each other the challenges of being single professionals. They form a connection as they discover the hurt and pain each has endured on their journey toward each other.   It’s sweet, tender, and innocent  and it’s the moment we see Kate begin to consider a brilliant future which is in contrast to the beleaguered and troubled relationship of her past.

​What is it between Kate and Brad that makes their relationship a challenge?​
As the book begins, Brad is dealing with the loss of his wife from cancer, while Kate is coping with the public embarrassment and humiliation when her husband’s infidelity is exposed upon his death. In pursuit of the Mayor’s office, Kate must balance her attraction to Lowden’s newest eligible bachelor while managing the higher standard expected of the mayor. Demanding schedules are balanced with new found love as this couple puts the past behind them to find the happiness they deserve after years of empty personal relationships. 
Please tell us five fun facts about Passion, Power and Privilege that readers would love to know!
1.  While the city of Lowden is fictional, the city, it’s mayor, and it’s transition to a smart city is based on a city in my day-to-day life.
2.  Richard, the billionaire who is Brad’s best friend, is inspired by a Canadian technology mogel. My interaction with this magnate is woven into this secondary character.
3.  Kate and Brad visit a private island in chapter 9. Appropriately named ‘Sandy Sheets’, this island is named after a beachfront property that I visit each summer. During writing, the working title for this novel was…Sandy Sheets.
4. Designer shoes are my weakness. Kate has the same love of fine footwear.
5. This novel was my first and was written in under 30 days. It was picked up by my publisher just weeks after submission.
What’s your “aha” moment when writing a sex scene in a book – the point at which you realize you’ve captured the essence of a naughty scene?

 I know I’ve nailed it, when I realized I’ve been holding my breath while I type . That feeling of being lightheaded is a sure signal that I’ve written a steamy, hot scene that will arouse my reader as much as it has aroused me.

In your opinion, what ​makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define “romance”?
When the two main characters click with each other in every way possible, a great love story will emerge. Physical chemistry, emotional connection, and intellectual symmetry all make for essential components of a romance. As a writer of erotica,  the sexual relationship is an essential part of the story and highlights how individual personality characteristics influence sexual encounters , passion, preferences, approach, indulgence, and satisfaction.
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About The Author:

I’m the accidental author. In so many ways, becoming a published author happened by chance. For years, I’ve worked in the corporate world.  My degrees are in business.  Essentially, I’m a problem solver for corporations and government.  So, you can imagine how much of a shift it was for me to sit down and write fiction. During the summer of 2013, I put pen to paper.  I let my sexy imagination loose and before I knew it I’d filled a more than a few pages.  The characters came to life and a story began to take shape. I’m blessed with incredible friends who were willing to read as I wrote.  They offered insight and suggestions, but most importantly they offered unconditional support and encouragement to keep writing. And so began, the greatest chapter of my life.Writing has been cathartic.Becoming published has been exhilarating. This journey isn’t over.  I continue to write, as time permits.  Another manuscript is in the works. 

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