Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Interview with Caridad Pineiro

I'm sure you all are as excited as I am about my interview with Caridad Pineiro today! In the last post I shared Caridad's impressive background. Today, before we jump into the interview, I'd like to say how much I enjoyed reading SINS OF THE FLESH. I was lucky to have some down time during the holidays and was able to relax and disappear into the suspenseful world Caridad created. And I'm not the only one who loved it. SINS OF THE FLESH has gotten fantastic reviews.

My favorite its this one:
"Cutting-edge scientific conspiracy gives "paranormal" a fascinating and believable new edge in Caridad Pineiro's exciting romantic suspense thriller. A man and woman, each labeled "rogue," must make extraordinary efforts to stop a species-threatening scheme. Pineiro's Mick and Caterina generate plenty of heart, heat, and heroism to defeat clever and brutal killers." by Carole Nelson Douglas

You can read a excerpt of SINS OF THE FLESH here, and also read a prequel. Let's look at the book teaser and then we'll start the interview.

Caterina Shaw’s days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment – a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body — and she’s been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run. Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he’s hunting down is far from the vicious killer he’s been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she’s a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be. The heat that builds between them is irresistible, but surrendering to it could kill them both . . . for a dangerous group is plotting its next move using Caterina as its deadly pawn.

Julia:  Hello Caridad, I'm really been looking forward to having you visit!
I loved reading SINS OF THE FLESH . As soon as I began reading,
I said to myself, "this is somethingvery different from the other works
Caridad has produced." Genetic Engineering? What lead you to write this book?

Caridad: I love science and have always been fascinated by genetics.
I wanted to do a novel with a paranormal element, but did not want to do one
with vampires or demons. That got me to thinking about how a human could
develop otherworldly properties and it occurred to me that was possible with
genetic engineering. I brushed up on what I remembered from being
a science major, did some research and started writing.

Julia: I know you're a super fast writer, so did it take you longer to
produce this book? Was the research time consuming?

Caridad: The research for this book was time consuming because
I wanted to justifywhat was happening in the heroine's body with real life science.
That took making a list of those traits and then tracking down the science
that would produce those traits.In addition, I wanted to have someone trying
to treat the heroine, so I had to researchwhat medical procedures and tests
would be used. Between research and the writing,it took me about
5 months to write the book.

Julia: I loved Caterina's "turning invisible" power. This is something t
hat would come in handywhen I'm working and don't want my kids to find me.
Is there a special "power" you wish you had?

Caridad: LOL! Yes, it would be nice to hide from the world for a little bit.
I thinkI would like super power because I'm protective by nature and would
like to use that ability to keep people safe.

Julia: Actually, I'm convinced you're some type of wonder woman to be
able to do as much as youdo. How DO you juggle a demanding job as
an attorney, being a hugely prolific author, run a writer's organization,
and have time for yourself and family?

Caridad: I just clink those two bracelets together and . . . All kidding aside,
I just try tomake the most of the time that I have. I visualize the scene
I'm going to write as I walk toand from the office so I can sit down and write
at the computer. I try not to spend toomuch time on the Internet and get up
extra early to work (both at writing and in my law office)so I can always
have time for my family.

Julia: I know SINS OF THE FLESH is the first of a series. How many are
you planningfor the series and will they all be about genetic engineering?
Tell us a little about the upcoming books.

Caridad: SINS OF THE FLESH is the first in a series. The second book
comesout inOctober 2010 and is titled STRONGER THAN SIN. In STRONGER
there willbe another patient who has been genetically engineered -
this time to produce bone to replace bone he has lost due to disease.
Unfortunately, the bone is showing upin all kinds of places whereit shouldn't.
Did I mention there is a black ops group that iscontrolling this patient?
STRONGER is an emotionally compelling read which brings back Dr. Liliana Carrera
from SINS OF THE FLESH. As for other books, I'm finishing the proposal for
books 3 and 4. These will also involve patients who will have some genetic engineering,
but I'll also be bringing inbionics and nanotechnology to give these patients
even cooler powers.

Julia: This all sounds so exciting!! I can't wait to read them all! Thanks so
much for visitingmy blog! I wish you tons of success with this series.
I know readers are going to love it!

Please leave a comment for Caridad.
Those who leave a comment are eligible
for an autographed copy of Sins of the Flesh.


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Good luck!



  1. Great interview by two talented writers -- and wonderful people as well. Caridad and Julia ... you rock!

  2. Thank you for interviewing Caridad! I've learned so much about one of my favorite authors.

    I'm in the middle of reading SINS, so I was curious about how Caridad came up with all of the science. It's so detailed! It's like Caridad was a scientist in her prior life. I didn't know she was a science major?! So cool.

    Thanks again for the great interview!


  3. Hi Julia and Caridad, great info. After reading this interview I will read the book with a different slant now, knowing that a lot of the science stuff is real.

    Please remind people to leave their email addy to be eligible to win a book and T-shirt. Thank you for all you are doing.
    Jo Ann Hernandez
    BronzeWord Latino Book Tour

  4. Very provacative cover. Did you come up with it or did the publisher?

  5. Great interview, Julia! Those are great questions.

    And Caridad, your super sweetness shines through with the wish of super powers to protect people. Wow!

    What a fun series this will be, science, heroes, and Romance!! Wow!

  6. Caridad, I enjoyed this interview very much. I feel like I know you. I am a follower of yours and get your newsletter. I also have sent news about your books to many of my friends and pen pals who are also readers and I know some went and got the books I told them about. I am glad to support you and your books any way I can. susan L.

  7. Thank you all for the support! Yes, the science in the book is very very real. For example, Caterina's glowing skin. If you visit my site I've got some video of glowing cats or if you want some glowing animals of your own, you can visit www.glofish.com.

    I've always loved science and graduated with a science degree. I had applied to medical schools, but had a change of heart and decided on law. Despite that, my love of science never died and I kept up with it over the years. Since I'm a computer geek as well, look for books 3 and 4 in the series to introduce technology as well!

    As for the cover, I have no say in the cover, but they did a wonderful job. My editor tells me it took hours to get the model's poses on the front and back just the way they wanted them.

  8. Caridad,

    I just listened to an extremely romantic Latin song and I wondered if you listen to music to "get in the mood" for writing your Romance, and if so, what you like to listen to?

  9. Hello Julia and Caridad!
    How are you ladies today? Caridad, If you had a muse, would it have a name? And what would it be?
    I can't wait for your new book to come out, Caridad!
    Just became a follower!

  10. Do the books in this series stand alone?
    I just became a follower.

  11. Just checking in to see how things are going! Great questions Nilki, Lady Graeye and Estella. Don't forget to leave me your email addresses in case you win the prize.

  12. Thanks again! As for music, I do listen to get me in the mood or help me get past a block.

    As for a muse, I think it would have to be Calliope with her writing tablet. Writing is my passion and I can't imagine not doing it.

    Although SINS OF THE FLESH is the first in the series, the books do stand alone. For readers who follow the series, however, you will see cameo and maybe even star performances from characters in the other books. I find that readers really enjoy seeing that world expand from book to book.

  13. Thank you for all for commenting and visiting with Caridad! Susan you are the lucky winner. Please send me your mailing address and we'll get the prize to you!

  14. I want to read this. It sounds really promising. I was glad to see that it is available in the Kindle Store. As of Christmas, that's the only way I'm getting books so I'm glad it's available for me.