I’m really excited to welcome Cara Connelly to Literary, etc as part of the “The Wedding Date” blog tour! You can read an exclusive excerpt here. The giveaway is located at the end of the interview along with the link to follow the blog tour.
Q. Tell me something about Cara Connelly other than the standard bio on your website.
I grew up in a very rural area and went to the same school with the same kids from kindergarten through graduation, which gave me have a deep fondness and appreciation for small town life. But I also love cities, and while most people relish a getaway to the countryside, my favorite vacations have taken me to Paris, Rome, Venice, London, Vienna, Dublin, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Washington… And there are so many more I want to see! Prague, Barcelona, Athens, New Orleans….
Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m a painter as well as an author, and when I get stuck on a storyline and can’t see what happens next, I paint. It relaxes me and frees up my creativity, probably because there’s no pressure to be “good” at it. Which is fortunate, because I’m not!
Q. What makes the romance genre special?
When you pick up a romance, you know you’re about to walk in the shoes of a hero and heroine who have issues. You’ll laugh and/or cry along with them as they work through their problems, you’ll vicariously live the highs and lows, feel their pain and their happiness, and – and this is what makes romance special – you’ll do it while knowing that when all is said and done, your heart won’t be broken. You’ll have a cathartic experience and also a happy ending.
Q. What characteristic do you think all heroes should have?
Compassion. My ideal hero has deep compassion for people and for animals, especially those who are vulnerable or in pain.
Q. If you could describe the Save the Date series in 3 words what would they be?
Snappy, sexy, sensitive
Q. As a first-time author, how many projects and stories did you discard along the way to The Wedding Favor?
I wrote two full novels before The Wedding Favor, but I can’t say I’ve discarded either of them. The first, a western historical, is the book of my heart, and someday I hope to revisit that way-too-long manuscript with the benefit of all I’ve learned since then. The second is The Sinners, my Golden Heart-winning story from which The Wedding Favor spun off. That story is still very much in play, and when I finish writing the Save the Date series, I hope to revise and publish it as a prequel.
Q. Did you approach writing the novella “The Wedding Date” differently from a full length novel? And was the process more or less daunting?
The process was both more and less daunting. More, because I’d never done it before and wasn’t sure I’d be able to create memorable characters and a satisfying story arc in a book that’s a quarter of the size of The Wedding Favor. Having done it, I’m happy with how it came out and eager to write the next novella, “The Wedding Gift.”
The process was less daunting because the shorter length meant holding a less complex story in my head for a shorter period of time. I’m a slow writer, so holding a novel-size story in my head for nine months can lead to dropped threads and other disasters!
Q. In “The Wedding Date,” what was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I LOVE the chapter where Cody meets Julie’s family. They’re so funny! They love and worry about Julie, and they take an instant liking to Cody, which is definitely a problem for Julie, who hasn’t yet decided what the heck she’s going to do about him!
Q. What fears are you facing with the upcoming release of “The Wedding Date” and The Wedding Favor?
I had so much fun writing both the novella and the novel, I’ll be disappointed if people don’t have as much fun reading them. I know everyone won’t love them as much as I do, but I hope some will, and that they’ll want to read more!
Q. Finally, and on an entirely unrelated note, who would play you in a film of your life?
I’d love to be played by Sandra Bullock. She can make you laugh and make you cry.
01. Facial hair or clean shaven?
Soul patch (check out pics of my hubby on my FB page and you’ll see why!)
02. Alpha or Beta?
Alpha w/a bit of beta
03. Sleep in or get up early?
Depends how late I stay up reading!
04. Winter or summer?
Spring and fall!
05. Tie and jacket or bowtie and sweater?
T-shirt and leather jacket
06. Dream city vacation?
Any city in Italy
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Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. Cara lives in rural upstate New York with her handsome husband Billy and magical rescue dog Bella. Cara is proudly represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal/Lyon Literary Agency.