Monday, January 20, 2014

Interview with romantic suspense author J. Cafesin

Today's guest is J. Cafesin. She's here to talk about her romantic suspense / psychological thriller novel, Reverb.

J. Cafesin writes taut, edgy, modern fiction with complex, compelling characters that bring story live, and linger long after the reads...

Reverb (2013)
Disconnected (2014)
A Possible Future (2005, Screenplay)

Bird's Eye View (2013)
The Morality Police (2012)
The Activation (2010)
Tales of Finnegus Boggs--Billy and Tyron (2009)

Essays and articles are featured regularly in local and national print publications. Many of the essays from her ongoing blog have been translated into multiple languages and distributed globally. 

J. Cafesin lives on the eastern slope of the redwood laden Oakland Hills with her husband/best friend, two gorgeous, talented, spectacular kids, and a bratty but cute Shepherd pound hound. Find her on FacebookGoogle+, and Goodreads.

Welcome, J. Please tell us about your current release.
James Michael Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. He's desired by many, yet commits to no one but his muse. Just twenty-eight, and at the pinnacle of his career, on the eve of his brother's funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him. 

His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him. 

Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron. 

Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. The story chronicles intricately woven characters fraught with frailties that possess us all, and that linger long after the read. It is a tale of redemption—the evolution of a modern man from solipsist to integrated awareness, and the journey that inadvertently awakens his capacity to love. 

Spun from The Magus, also about a man who learns to love someone other than himself, and way beyond 50 Shades of Gray, Reverb is told like Crime and Punishment--modern, clean, edgy verging on sharp. Like nothing you've read, guaranteed.

What inspired you to write this book?
Finding a man who loves me more than himself.

What exciting story are you working on next?
Disconnected comes out in Spring 2014. It's about Rachel, a single woman in her early 30s, looking for Mr. Right, then along comes Lee...

Takes place in L.A. in the early 1990s, when AIDS was killing gays and straight alike, and the city was crumbling with anger and racism that lead to rioting following the Rodney King trial. It is historical woman's fiction, delving into women's perceptions of who we are and where our value lies without a man or life partner, and our desperate search to find meaning in living without reproducing or creating a family.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I believe to my core we are what we do, not who we wish to be. When I write, I'm a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I write full-time. I take the kids to school by 8:00 a.m., go through the morning’s email, tweet something, or update something, then start writing. Sometimes it's fiction I'm working on, sometimes it's a blogspot. Sometimes it's an interview like this one, but I write all day until I get the kids at 3:00ish.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I flip back and forth to different writing projects throughout the day. I usually start with fiction, as it takes the most immersion, and I need to be alert for that. Takes a huge amount of my energy separating from this world and moving into another, so I usually can't stay there all day. In the afternoons I research, sometimes blog, or even edit other works.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh jeez, I know this sounds canned, but, yup, you guessed it...a writer.

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Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us today, J!

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