Social Media, #BookMarketing & Writing Thoughts from C.A. Szarek #Romance #Suspense #TBR

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
I feel like they’re necessary for success. The era where the writer sits in the dark and churns out the books is long gone. Readers are voracious, not only for the product, but for the composer—if you will. Readers want to connect with authors. Get to know them, interact with them, share their love for the stories they can’t put down. So I feel like social media sites like FB and twitter offer a venue where readers CAN connect with authors. From the comfort of home—or cellphone. It’s a constant basis, not a once-in-a-while signing.
P.S. I LIVE on Facebook.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
I’m already doing it. No, really. All I want to do is write. I have the best job EVER.

How do you feel about self-publishing?
 Proponent. I myself self-publish my fantasy romance series, The King’s Riders. There are many many quality self-published books out there, that the authors did just as well—if not better—than any publishing company, and I am really glad that the stigma of being self-published is receding. It’s not so much “Oh, no publisher would take your work” like it used to be. But I also feel that authors NEED to put into their self-published books THE SAME as most publishing companies do. They need to spend $ on a GREAT cover, they need to get a PROFESSIONAL editor. This gets very expensive. So, for every AWESOME self-published book, unfortunately, there is a crap book out there, too. THESE books are the ones that carry on the negative opinion of self-published works.

It can happen for any reason. The author is new and doesn’t do research. They in either jump the gun before their ready, or they don’t care. I hope this isn’t the case most of the time.

Books, and writing are a business. Everyone sees it differently, so you never know.

Do you know your neighbors?
Yes. Our next door neighbors are friends of mine and my husband’s and we double date from time to time. Super fun!

What does love mean to you?
Everything. People are designed to love, crave to give and receive love. I believe there are different kinds of love, but it’s a universal thing that all of us want, whether people admit it or not.

Love to me means that I am cared for, cherished, protected. Always on someone’s mind, in someone’s heart.

It gives me meaning as a person to love and be loved.

Do you find the time to read?
Actually I make time to read. I have been reading books as long as I have been writing, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read, when I get time to relax. I think writers should ALWAYS read. As much I love the stories in my head, I love other people’s stories just as much!

What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Perseverance. When I want something I work hard to get it. I keep working hard until I have gotten it. Not afraid of the hard work to get what I want.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Who wills
Who tries
Who loves
Anne McCaffrey, one of my fave authors of all time had this as a chapter header in one of the Dragonriders of Pern series. It has always hit home for me. Frankly, it’s how I live my life.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Stating I was going to become published. Gaining that first contract and selling a book to a publisher. It was—and still is—awesome.

What is your favorite color?
Blue. I’m all about blue!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. LOL! It’s just something I have always done. I started when I was seven or eight with poetry and moved on to novels as a young teen.


Crossing Forces series:

Small Town Texas doesn't always mean small time crime.
Welcome to Antioch, population fifty thousand.
With a police department full of detectives and officers who are good at what they do, throw in the occasional FBI agent, and the bad guy doesn't have a shot, no matter how big the crime.
They work together and fight together. Relationships will be forged and changed along the twists and turns.
When fate intervenes, love and happiness can be found in unlikely places.

Crossing Forces by C.A. Szarek

This is book two in the Crossing Forces series

Vowing to protect her had nothing to do with feelings.

Detective Pete Crane catches a new shooting case and considers it business-as-usual. But when the lead witness is the Chief of Police’s fiery assistant, he never anticipated she’d challenge him—personally and professionally. Especially while under his protection.
Little do they know, the shooting she and her grandmother witnessed was anything but random.

Thrown together, their attraction sizzles, even though she’s squarely in the no-fly zone. She makes him break every rule in his little black book.

Nikki Harper has been attracted to Pete since they met two years ago. Witnessing a brutal shooting throws her into a stigma that’s always been her greatest fear—a victim. She has no choice but to accept his protective custody and let him help save her and her beloved grandmother.

Can Pete protect his witness and solve the case, while fighting the intense heat with Nikki?

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Genre – Romantic Suspense
Rating – R
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