My guest today is author Cara Bristol, please help me make her feel welcome.
Welcome Cara, let’s start with you tell us a little about yourself including where you are from.
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes “nice and naughty” stories of love, romance, and humor featuring strong alpha heroes. She is a no. 1 bestseller in BDSM erotica, science fiction romance, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She is best known for her Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series and her Breeder D/s sci-fi romance series. She lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.
Can you tell us about your book and how you got started.
Domestic Discipline contains two spanking romances in one volume. Wife on the Lam is a light, humorous story about a wife who “runs away” after her husband forgets their wedding anniversary. Rahm’s Way is a more serious story involving domination and submission and the changes that occur in marriage. After fending for herself, a wife has to readjust when her military husband returns home and wants things to be the way they were before he left.
Here’s the official blurb:
Love, desire, domination, and submission. Two domestic discipline romances by USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol in one volume.
Wife on the Lam
Janelle wants to take a luxury vacation for her wedding anniversary. Despite numerous hints, husband Brent misses all the clues and plans a business trip! Miffed, she flies off alone to a luxury resort. She’s going to celebrate—with or without him.
Brent didn’t have to work. He’d planned a second honeymoon to the luxury Cabana Resort. Janelle might have ruined his surprise, but he’s not going to let her ruin their anniversary, too. He has a little trick up his sleeve to take his errant wife in hand and get their marriage back on track.
Before her military husband left for his tour of duty, Cadence Simmons relied on Rahm’s love, direction, and protection. His absence forced her to become more independent and make decisions for herself. After serving his country, he’s home for good and eager to resume their marriage as it was before. Only Cadence isn’t quite sure she wants things exactly as they were. Can domestic discipline guide this couple through some major changes?
What made you decide to write books?
I love being an author. It is my dream job. I’ve always written; I used to be a newspaper reporter, and I worked in corporate public relations, which required a lot of writing. But I enjoy writing romance more than anything. I was first published in 2009. Since then I’ve published 27 books. I write science fiction romance (the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, the Breeder series) and contemporary spanking romance (Rod and Cane Society series). Plus, I have a number of standalone novels.
What is your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I’m at my computer by 5:30 a.m., and I work until 4 p.m., with breaks for breakfast, lunch, showering, and exercise. I work seven days a week. When I’m working on the first draft of a story, I do set daily word count goals, and I don’t leave my office until I accomplish it. I’m a slow writer, because I’m a “pantser” and have to think about what needs to happen as I write the story. I write about 2000 words per day (eight pages). About half my time is devoted to writing; the rest to other publishing tasks.
How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
It sounds strange, but the characters just speak to me. I usually start with a scenario, a “what-if” and then decide what kind of person would be involved in a situation like that. Often, my H/h are polar opposites. I’ve paired a feminist with a Dom (Body Politics), a maid with a billionaire (Irresistible Attractions), and a slave with an Alpha Commander (Breeder). I love seeing what makes people tick, and what ticks them off. My stories are definitely character-focused. I love writing romance. Did I mention that? Lol.
What plans have you got for future books?
After Domestic Discipline, I’ll have some science fiction books coming out! Later this month, I’ll have a free cyborg romance called Married to the Cyborg. It will NOT be published. Readers can get it by subscribing to my newsletter. In October, I’ll have a short story in Pets in Space, a science fiction romance anthology, in which all the stories have a pet. Ten percent of the first month’s proceeds go to Hero-Dogs.org, an organization that raises and trains service animals for veterans. My story is called Spark of Attraction, and my pet is a little robot dog. Then in January, I’ll have the next Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance. I don’t have a title yet.
Lastly, can you tell us what the hardest part of being an author is?
For me, it’s finding balance, and it’s due more to working from home than it is from being a writer. When I had an outside corporate job, when I came home, my time was my time. I could switch it off. When you work at home, there really isn’t an “off time.”