Cardeno C. Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Cardeno C. Thanks for taking time to talk with me today Cardeno.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hmm, well, let's see. At this very moment, I'm very happy. It's been a really busy couple of weeks for me, stressful work things in my "real" job, finishing up working through the editing process on my next release (which is coming out for Nat'l Coming Out Day), but still happy. But that's probably not what you meant by a little bit about me. Okay, let me try again. I'm a boring corporate type. I adore my friends, love my family, and feel grateful every day that I have the privilege to write. I only wish I had more time to devote to it.

Please tell readers a little bit about your new release Love at First Sight.
Love at First Sight is a story about two men who fall in love with each other on the first day they see one another. The twist is that those days are about three years apart. The reader knows when Jonathan first saw David, knows that Jonathan has had a bit of a scandalous streak during the intervening years, and knows that Jonathan has a son. Then the reader joins Jonathan and David as they get to know each other, become deeply entwined in each other's lives, build a relationship and a family together. And, eventually, the reader sees how David reacts to learning about Jonathan's past. I hope that people who read Love at First Sight will feel happier after they read the book than before and that the reading experience itself is an uplifting part of their day. That's my goal for all of my books.

Love at First Sight is part of your Home series. What are the most challenging things for you as an author in creating and continuing with a series?
My biggest challenge is finding the time to write. I truly love writing. It's what I do to relax and share the creative part of myself. Unfortunately, there is only so much time in the day and my personal, professional, and community obligations don't leave me as much time as I'd like to have to write about all the characters that live in my Home universe (a.k.a. Emile City).

What is your favorite line from the novel and why?
Ooooh, what a great question. I have to think about this one. Okay, after taking a very long time to go through the story (and maybe rereading some of my favorite parts), I think I've picked my favorite line, or more accurately, my favorite line right at this moment. David asks Jonathan why he moved from Emile City to New York and Jonathan tells David that he was chasing his dream. What David doesn't realize is that the dream was David himself. When David asks Jonathan whether he ever caught his dream, Jonathan answers with my favorite line: "Turned out everything I ever wanted was right here in Emile City all along." What I enjoy about this line is how much I think it applies to so many of us in different ways. When we're young, we often think that all the greatest joys and adventures are somewhere else. But I think that as we grow up, we can often see and appreciate the beauty of our home and our hometown.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When I'm writing contemporary, character driven stories, the challenge is to write about people who are interesting and likeable to the reader, even if they don't always make the best choices. The characters are the story, so I want readers to feel as if they know the characters and to feel the emotion between the characters. Finding ways to make those connections between a reader and the characters is a challenge as a writer and, I think, when we succeed, it's a great accomplishment.

If you could meet one of your characters, who would it be?
I'd like to meet Micah Trains. Micah is a character in my story called Just What the Truth Is, which is being released for Nat'l Coming Out Day on October 11th. I enjoy Micah's strength of character. He's a man who knows who he is and what he wants, and he won't accept anything less.

If you could pick any celebrity to be on the cover of your book, who would it be and why?
I'd love to have Matthew Montgomery on a book cover. I think he's a talented actor and he can express emotion incredibly well with just a look or a glance. I think a picture of him on a cover could convey so very much about a character. Plus, the man's sexy as hell.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don't know that I have a writing quirk unless you consider the very fact that I write a quirk. Some people might consider writing to be a quirky form of relaxation. Of course, those people probably aren't writers.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
There's a reviewer whose reviews I've always enjoyed. She wrote a great review of my first book and I remember thinking (and possibly posting on Facebook) that I felt like a real writer when I read her review. It was a wonderful feeling.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
As far as the types of books I want to write, I hope to write a couple more stories in my Home series. I want to finish up my first paranormal book and then write another story or two in that universe. And I've toyed with the idea of writing a story that explores the dynamics of power exchange in a relationship. At the end of the day, as long as I have the time to write and the privilege to publish my work, I'm going to feel incredibly happy about where my writing is going in the future.

Are there any genres you would like to explore?
I'll continue to write contemporary stories and I do want to explore some paranormal (shifters, vampires). And I have a few other ideas bouncing in my mind, but they need to settle themselves down a little before I can actually write them.

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Warning - happiness ahead. That's my goal for my characters, my goal for my readers, and my goal for my life.

What's the most interesting obscure fact you know?
You've stumped me with this one. Can I blame the fact that it's really late at night and I'm tired? Really, first thing in the morning, I'm brilliant and full of obscure facts and witty remarks.

Which one of the characters you've created is most like you?
I think there are parts of me in each of my characters, but none of them is written in my image. The characters I write live in my head and sometimes it feels like they're their own people. I'm just the person typing out their words.

What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
October 11th (Nat'l Coming Out Day) my next book is coming out. It's called Just What the Truth Is and it's about a character introduced in the first book I published. This character's story was very important to me, so I put off writing it for fear of not getting it right. But eventually I gathered my courage and wrote the story. I'm absolutely thrilled with it and I hope readers will enjoy it too.

After that book, I hope readers will get to read my first paranormal. It's called Wake Me Up Inside and it's in its final stages on my side of the equation. The publication process is quite lengthy, so once the story leaves me and starts down that journey, I'm not sure how long it'll take before it's released. I do hope it'll be during the next twelve months.

And right now, I need to start writing my next book. I've been playing around with another book in my Home series and a different book. We'll see which set of characters manages to win the battle for attention in my mind.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
Thank you so much for letting me take part in this interview. It's been fun.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Cardeno!

Interviewed by: Tammy