TittleTattler Books’ debut Spotlight Author of the Month of May 2017 is the incomparable Christi Caldwell. It is an honor and a privilege to have you grace our blog with your presence and your wonderful books.
As our readers may know, the five ladies who comprise this blog met in Christi Caldwell’s Corner, a private reader’s forum on Facebook created by Sandra J. Rutter Davis for the purpose of discussing Christi’s books.
So, it is with great pleasure that we now welcome you Christi as our very first Spotlight Author in TittleTattler Books. *rousing applause* Welcome!
CC: Thank you for having me!
TT: Can you share with our readers a bit about yourself and how you came to be such a prolific writer? How do you feel about the writing process?
CC: Writing is and always has been cathartic. I still find myself fascinated at how whatever I’m feeling or experiencing in my life at a given moment invariably impacts the emotional feel of a book. And going back through time, each work stands as a kind of memory, too.
TT: We are looking forward to seeing you at RWA this year, how is the planning going, any surprises for your readers?
CC: I look forward to seeing everyone who will be in attendance at RWA come July.
Here’s something exciting to share. It’s official!
I’ve signed a THREE book deal with Montlake Romance for the next books in my Hell and Sin set Regency romance series!! For those of you who are enjoying my Sinful Brides…I have more gaming hell heroes and heroines coming for you in 2017 AND 2018!!!
TT: That is indeed exciting! We look forward, as always to reading every word. So, I wanted to thank you for dedicating a book to me. I was really touched by that… oh wait, that wasn’t *just* me…, but I like to think as one of your fans, I was included. Can you tell us a bit about that?
CC: Every day, I’m humbled by my readers’ excitement for characters and books that mean so very much to me. As I said in the dedication of “The Scoundrel’s Honor,” my experience as an author is never a solitary one because of each of you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!
TT: So, how are Doug, Rory, Riley and Reagan? Anything new and exciting with them? What’s everyone reading in your family this month?
CC: Oh, they are so wonderful…and always wonderfully busy. This year, our son began a new experience in a school for children with special needs.
As someone who had a strict vision that included a world of inclusion, it was a difficult and gut-wrenching decision. In the end, it’s proven everything he needed. He’s in a place where he is nurtured, loved, and cared for and he’s truly blossomed. So sometimes the things we *think* we know, we don’t always. I still learn that lesson every day through my children.
Rory is reading every Mo Willems book he can get his hands on. Or, we read it together. He’s still working on learning how to read.
We just began reading Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. Reagan, on a trip to Barnes and Noble picked out Disney’s story of Moana and her sister, Riley, Big Hero Six. My husband is a huge Star Wars fan and is currently reading Star Wars: “Thrawn.”
The latest addition to my collection is a primary resource: The Complete Servant: Being a Practical Guide to the Peculiar Duties and Business of all Descriptions of Servants…With Useful Receipts and Tables. (how’s that for a title)…it was written by a husband and wife who were servants.
TT: That is awesome. It sounds like you are a family with diverse tastes in reading material. It surely makes for interesting dinner conversation.
Can you give your readers an idea of your writing process?
CC: Some authors are ‘pantsers’ (fly by the seat of their pants when writing a book)…others are ‘plotters’ with very detailed chapter outlines and perfectly mapped out.
I think of myself as a panster…who jots down a plot that acts as a general, very loose ‘guide’… and then I just follow where my muse leads.
To give you an idea, this is one I dug up from Marcus and Eleanor’s story…”To Trust a Rogue.” As you can see in this, I’d originally entertained the idea of Eleanor having siblings.
Ideas usually come to me in the dead of night, and I frantically write down everything as quick as I can. That said…yes, my handwriting is sloppy. 🙂
TT: I can see the story taking shape in your notes. Thank you for that insight into your process.
We want to thank you so much for talking with us today. I hope you enjoy your month in the Spotlight with us. Now before we depart, the burning question. Every reader pictures the hero of your novels in her mind. For most readers, that hero would naturally be Aidan Turner.
Tell us why you’ve gone against the grain and selected Kit Harrington as your hero ideal.
CC: I don’t even know what I was thinking. There could be no greater romantic hero prototype than Aidan Turner. Kit Harrington pales in comparison.
TT: (side commentary, the last response cannot be confirmed as the author’s own words and was completely fabricated by the interviewer who shall remain unnamed as an anonymous source. FAKE NEWS)