Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
Hi! My name is Cara, well I guess you could say it’s sort of my name. It’s my pen name, but to get it I just took a few letters out of my “real” name. I think of Cara as the most intimate and genuine part of who I am. I’m married with two sons who are my favorite people on the planet. I’m not just saying that, my kids are seriously cool. If you have seen my Instagram then you also know that I am head over heels in love with my dog Duncan. He is 100 pounds of love. I drink far too much coffee, hoard makeup, swear more than my mother would like, and dance around my kitchen, -poorly- while I cook.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
I have published four books so far. The first two were Without A Wolf, and Running From The Wolf. I changed directions after that, leaving shifters behind for more contemporary romance. Definitely Memorable, and Still Yours are the third and fourth books I have published.
Where can they be found?
I have done all of my publishing on Amazon so far, and I always make sure to put my titles in Kindle Unlimited.
Do you have any current WIPs?
I suppose I have two projects currently. I can only focus on one at a time, so when one of them stops flowing I move to the other for awhile.
How are they going?
I am only about a quarter of the way finished on the one playing nonstop in my head right now. It’s feeling very good though, and I really love the characters. It’s going to be so much fun watching them fall in love.
What got you into writing?
I’ve always been a voracious reader. If I don’t have a book I’m reading at a given time then I feel uncomfortably empty inside. As a fairly shy kid growing up, the characters in the pages were often my best friends. I get so lost in a book that if I have to put it down for some reason I will feel like I am sitting on pause until I get back to it. In high school my classmates would ask me to write them little short stories, I could never get them out as fast as they were gobbled up. Fast forward a good many years, and I stumbled on the world of fandoms and tumblr. I read a few fan-fictions, and thought it was similar to what I used to do for my friends. I wrote imagines and fan-fictions for a few years, no I won’t be revealing what fandoms I did that for, I like to keep you wondering. When I realized that people were publishing their work themselves on Amazon, and loving it, I knew I needed to be a part of that.
What keeps you focused?
It’s going to sound incredibly corny, but my characters do. Once I have an idea, or a character that I want to bring into the world, they kind of invade my mind. I will think about that all the time. Plotting dialogue in the shower, thinking about plot twists as I’m out running errands. Jotting down notes, or interesting names I hear at my kids soccer games.
What gives you inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. My first book was written after seeing the way a man looked at the woman at his side at a restaurant I was eating at. I spent all night thinking about what their story was, but mostly about what I would have made it if I was the one writing it. My third book was inspired completely by one man’s accent. I quite literally fell in major lust for his voice.
How do you battle writer’s block?
Not well sometimes. I try to make sure that I set myself down in front of my laptop everyday. Sometimes the words flow effortlessly, other times it takes me hours to write and rewrite a paragraph. If I am really stuck, and I just can’t make the words happen I set it aside and don’t allow myself to even think about it for a few days. I will lose myself in a book, or binge something on Netflix. Whatever I can just enjoy, and that usually shakes the dust off my creativity.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
As an indie author I am completely self published.
What made you make that choice?
I went with the self publishing route, purely because I could do it on my own terms. I didn’t have to wait for someone else to have faith in my work. I can write what I want, and if I want to shift directions then I can.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
Honestly, when someone calls me an author it always takes me a moment to realize they’re talking about me. Then it brings a goofy smile to my face and my whole world feels like it’s floating suspended in magic. You know that feeling when your crush compliments you, and the butterflies take flight inside of you? It’s a lot like that.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as Cara Roman Author. Come say hi to me!