Today, we have an interview with paranormal romance author, Cara Wylde! Cara loves to write about strong, feisty women and their hot Alphas who will do anything to make them happy. Her books are filled with romance and just a dash of mystery, suspense, and that eerie atmosphere she fell in love with reading too many gothic novels.
Some of her books includes the Alma Venus Shifter-Brides series, and Fairy Tales with a Shift series. Cara is currently working on two more series, Shift Your Fate (Book 3 is on the way), and Alma Venus Mail-Order Brides (Book 1 will be published in February).
In this interview, we talk to Cara about her background, what led her to write, her life as a writer, and we also learn more about her multiple series and upcoming releases!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a romance author who lives off coffee and mint vape juice (I know, I know… bad habits). I’ve always loved reading and writing, and ever since I was a kid, I knew this was what I was going to do with my life. I had no idea how, but I believed in my dream and, years later, self-publishing made it happen. I studied Literature and got a BA and an MA in Comparative Literature, then forgot about the PhD, decided I didn’t need it, and started writing and self-publishing.
What else? Oh! I’m not a native English speaker. I was born in Romania and I still live there, although my work has made it possible for me to travel. Life is so much easier when all you need is a comfy place, a laptop, and Internet connection. Right now, I’m in Grenoble, France, trying to manage with English because I’m so bad at learning foreign languages that I learned French in high school and forgot all of it.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment in writing?
Wow, it’s hard to say! I’m pretty satisfied with Sold to the Alpha, the first book I ever wrote. Initially, I published it as a serial with cliffhangers (I know, everyone hates those, I promise not to do it again) in 6 installments, then turned it into a complete edition. I like how solid the story turned out.
Have you always wanted to write? How old were you when you wrote your first romance?
Yep, I’ve always wanted to write. I started my first romance when I was in high school, I think. I wrote the first chapters of what later became Lure Academy. My intention was to look for an indie publishing house, but then I got distracted. I’m glad I did. I mean, thinking of what’s been happening recently with a lot of small indies, it was a good idea to wait until self-publishing became the huge thing that it is today.
Who, or what has influenced your writing the most, and in what way?
All the books I’ve read and all the movies and TV shows I’ve watched. The fact that I studied Literature helped, too, because I learned a lot of writing rules and techniques without even realizing. When I started writing, it all came naturally to me, and I know it was because I had consumed so much literature in school, then high school and college.
How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
Actually, I do. It was a bit more difficult with my first book, because I wasn’t sure where to begin and how to divide my story into chapters and scenes. Then I started reading a couple of books on Creative Writing, and it all became clear. I will mention two books that helped me the most:
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
The first one taught me how to approach a new story. Now I have a plan of attack, so to speak, and the first step is to write all I know about my story without worrying about details, names, character traits, beginning, ending, and the rest. Then I work on the 3 pillars of the story: world-building, characters, and plot. When I reach the plot and I have to come up with chapters and scenes, the first thing I do is to decide how the story begins and how it ends.
Then I use Blake Snyder’s beat sheet to divide everything, making sure my story has all it needs. Let me just show you a photo of it:
This whole process might sound complicated, but it really isn’t. If I’m a good girl, I can do it in 2 to 4 hours, depending on how complicated my world-building is.
Is there a certain type of scene that is harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Action scenes are the hardest for me.
Of all of your books, which is your favorite? Why?
Carpathian Wolf has to be my favorite, although it’s just a short novella. I got to play a lot with mythology and Medieval history, and the action takes place in a small town in Romania. I love that place! After writing Carpathian Wolf, I even made a guide to the world of Shift Your Fate just to get an excuse to show readers some photos I took while on vacation there. You can get the guide by subscribing to my Newsletter.
What happens to your deleted scenes? Do you squirrel them away for future use, or are they gone forever?
Because I work with such tight plans, I never end up with deleted scenes. Weird, huh?
And now for the silly… what is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of research for a book? Give details if you have them.
I’m sad to disappoint you, but I don’t think I’ve ever done anything crazy in the name of research. When I’m not sure about something, I Google it. Like… if I’m not sure a certain position is actually achievable, I don’t go to my boyfriend and say “Oh, hey! Let’s twist our bodies at weird angles and see if anything breaks.” I Google it.
What new and exciting thing is coming from you in the next little while?
I’ll have at least two releases in February. The first one is on February 3, and the second one on February 10. They’re both Valentine’s Day themed. Then, I hope to release the first book in my new series, Alma Venus Mail-Order Brides, by the end of the month. Silver Dragon is almost ready, and my readers have been waiting for it for almost three months.
Can you share a short excerpt of your newest release?
Sure thing! Let me find something sexy, but not too sexy.
They lay in silence for a while, looking into each other’s eyes and enjoying the warmth of each other’s body.
“I don’t have any clothes with me,” Rosanna said, mostly to break the silence.
Caleb laughed. “Me neither.”
The tension increased. For the first time, they were so close, and neither of them wanted to pull away. He tightened his grip around her body, and she lifted herself up just a bit to meet him halfway. Their lips met, and Rosanna moaned in delight. She felt like she could melt right then and there. It was better than she had ever imagined. They kissed slowly, teasingly, the tips of their tongues barely touching. This was just the beginning. When their lips separated, she reached up to run her hand through his brown hair, and he closed his eyes to better enjoy her touch. Then, they kissed again, and this time it was different. It was hungry, lustful. She wanted more of him, and he complied by kissing her deeply, his tongue sweeping over her lips, asking for access. She granted it readily, and they battled for dominance for a while before she gave in to him with a sigh.
He was half on top of her now, their kisses becoming more eager and impatient. Her breasts crushed against his chest, as her fingers tightened in his hair. Rosanna didn’t know what she was doing; she was only following his lead. Her body had healed completely, and now all she wanted was to feel him, all of him, with her entire being. For a moment, she wondered if this was right. They had just barely survived a bloody fight with a rogue werewolf, and instead of going back to the castle to alert their Alpha, they were practically rolling on the grass, too hungry for each other to care about the world.
They drew apart, and Caleb looked at her like he had never looked before.
“You are so beautiful,” he said. “I’ve always thought you’re wonderful, with your big, green eyes, and soft blonde hair. You’re like a doll. I’m almost afraid I could break you.”
“You could never break me.” She laughed and pulled him down for another kiss. No, this was right. For the past ten years, all she had dreamed of was this moment. The world could stop and wait for them, at least this once.
And finally, where can our readers find you online and connect?
Oh, and if you feel like it, I also have two quizzes you might enjoy. They’re really fun. The first one tells you what shifter bride you’d be in my Alma Venus Shifter-Brides series, and the second one tells you what Arcane Affairs agent you are.
Quiz 1 and Quiz 2