1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in Washington State with the man of my dreams and two red-head cats, overlooking the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Kids are handsome grown young men who live elsewhere.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing fiction for three years. I’ve written other types of technical, website content kinds of writing for many years.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have a great space to write. Big windows overlook the trees and the water. I get to watch ospreys and eagles soar overhead. We have a three story house so it’s like we’re in the trees, too.
4) Why did you decide to write A Wicked Awakening?
A Wicked Awakening was a big awakening for me as well as the character. It started out as a “coming out” story about a young woman who had a traumatic experience in her childhood, overcame it and went on to become this amazingly powerful individual (I think each one of us has an epic tale inside and we can each be a superhero in our own lives). I made it such that the character has to access her sexy self in order to become this über powerful character. Not only that, her power depends on her being in a sexy, loving place. As you know, sometimes we just don’t feel sexy, loving, or all that cool so this can put a damper on her abilities. And, as Cherie starts to own and learn about her powers, she discovers all these Earth rules that kick in. For instance, she has the ability to heal others but her physical form weakens and fades away when she attempts a healing (this starts to really come about in the revised Wicked Whispering, re-released late Dec.). In addition, just when she thinks she has things figured out, a curve ball gets thrown in her direction, making her have to learn new skills or ways of dealing with the situation.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I’m in love with Cameron Delaney Tyson. I wrote the best of all the lovers I’ve ever had into him. He’s got flaws, quirks, a huge heart and a willingness to grow. Sexy as sin itself. And man, oh, man does that guy love to have sex with his woman!! He’s a creative lover, willing to try just about anything.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Hmmm, I love all my characters. Even slimy Joe Dallas or evil Jill Primcott. They each give me an avenue to explore different characteristics and qualities. When I’m having a bad day, I love to pour some of my mood into the evil characters in the books!
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I have one of the best kick-ass, boss dog editors around! She’s a hoot to work with, makes no bones about telling me when something doesn’t work and gives me lots of support!
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m an avid scuba diver. I love to scuba with my partner and do the usual things that divers do after a dive - eat, laugh, drink and laugh some more.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I’m always listening to books via Audible. Standard favorite authors are Karen Marie Moning and JR Ward. I’ve been enjoying Carl Weber’s books, as well as Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries. I recently read Katy Evans series about Remington Tate “Riptide” - and not for the story, but for the sexy!
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Q. Hey, Calinda, do you ever wish you actually lived in the worlds you create?
A. Who says I don’t? (grins) Actually, who wouldn’t want to wake up one day and find that you had super powers that you could only access when you were turned on? Imagine, your body streaming with electricity, being able to whip up gourmet meals just because you visualized them, being whisked into the galaxy to have ecstatic sex with your lover, while incarnating on Earth again and again to have physical sex with your Earth bound lover. Sounds heavenly!