Deadly Pursuits Back to Blog
Update: The winner of STRONGER THAN SIN is…Jolene Allcock. Congrats, Jolene!
First of all I want to thank Cynthia for letting me share some time on her blog! I’m Caridad Pineiro and I write paranormal romance and romantic suspense and a blend of the two. Cynthia and I are part of the Dangerous Women Writers and it’s a pleasure to be able to know such a warm, loving, giving and talented woman! But as you may know, Cynthia has a dark side that comes out in her wickedly wonderful novels and that’s what we’re here to start celebrating as she counts down to the launch of DEADLY HEAT with this MY DEADLY VALENTINE blog special.
What is it as readers and writers that makes us love that dark side? That makes us our characters undertake oftentimes deadly pursuits?
Call me a sucker for true love, but to me that is a prize that is definitely worth pursuing no matter the cost. I take that maxim to heart as a writer and think of all kinds of ways to torture my hero and heroine as they travel the treacherous path to Happily-Ever-After land. Somehow surviving against all those insurmountable odds makes the reward at the end sweeter, doesn’t it?
I think readers respond to that journey on which we take them, experiencing the lows when it seems as if everything will be lost and the highs as the hero and heroine somehow triumph over every baddie and obstacle in order to finally be able to declare their love.
And I love creating what I hope are some memorable baddies.
In AZTEC GOLD, the villainess is an ancient Aztec demi-goddess who can only be killed by something as black as her own heart. The demi-goddess has been terrorizing the Mexican jungle surrounding her temple for centuries until she’s confronted by the hero and heroine as they try to rescue their friends and find true love along the way.
In STRONGER THAN SIN, the villains are human and yet much scarier. Somehow dealing with people who don’t have a care for life is much more difficult to handle than monsters who don’t know any better. In this case, it’s a black ops group taking advantage of a hero who has been genetically engineered to have super-strength, but who is slowly turning to bone.
Deadly pursuits. In each of them, the hero and heroine will risk life and limb for each other and for the loved ones around them. We will cry and our hearts will clench as they seem to fail. We will cheer and be uplifted as love ultimately triumphs over evil and we have our Happily-Ever-After.
Sometimes people ask me why I like being a writer and I think the answer is simple: I love being able to write stories where love makes all things possible. Even if it takes leaving a pile of bodies along the way.
Thanks so much again for having me here, Cynthia! Thanks to all of you for dropping by. Now that you know a little more about what makes me tick and what I love in stories, what do you love? What really makes you bite your nails? What brings you the most joy at the end of the book?
I’d love to know.
Thanks so much to Caridad for coming by! I’ll pick one lucky commenter to receive a copy of Caridad’s wonderful book, STRONGER THAN SIN (I’ll ship it to the winner via Amazon.com).