Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caridad Pineiro and THE LOST - Interview and Giveaway

Paranormal romance author Caridad Pineiro is here today as part of her blog tour celebrating the release of THE LOST, the first book in her new series Sin Hunters.

Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . . 
Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.

Welcome Caridad! What was your initial inspiration for this story?

There are many cultures that believe in life forces or chi and I thought, why not a book about a race of people who can actually detect those life forces.  That idea was cemented in my brain when I was lucky enough to be in Rome for Palm Sunday.  When I walked into St. Peter’s Square, you could feel the energy of the people gathered there and that really got my mind going about the strength we all possess, but don’t access.

Tell us about your favorite scene in the book, without giving too much away of course.

My favorite scene in the book is toward the end when Bobbie challenges Adam to have faith.  I set the scene on the Auditorium Grounds in Ocean Grove, New Jersey because it’s a place where I have likewise felt the power of people united for a common purpose.  I knew Adam would feel that power as well and be swayed by it to give Bobbie a chance.

What was the hardest part of the book to write, again without giving too much away?  

The hardest part was writing the scenes with Adam’s power.  Adam doesn’t really know why he has these powers and I wanted to make his exploration of them believable.  That was tough.  It was also hard to show how Adam’s power interacts with Bobbie’s life forces.  I wanted it to be different, but not hokey.

How long have you been writing and how did you get your start in publishing?

I’ve been writing since the fifth grade when my teacher assigned a class project.  From that day, I knew I wanted to be a writer.  I got my start in publishing back in 1998 when I sold my first book – a contemporary romance – to Kensington Publishing.

Tell us a little about your writing process. Are you a pantser or a plotter, and if you’re a plotter what method works best for you?

I was a pantser, but now I generally write a synopsis with the overall story arc and conflicts of the various characters.  But even with the synopsis, I give myself a little leeway in case the story decides it has to go to a slightly different place.

What draws you to the paranormal genre?  

I love paranormals because anything is possible.  It’s great to be able to create new mythologies and unique stories revolving around the new races/monsters/demons you create.

Do you need silence while you write or do you listen to music? If you listen to music, what were you listening to while writing this book?

I actually watch television while writing.  If I’m focused, very little interrupts me, possibly because I also normally write on the train to and from work each day.

Do you put much of yourself into your characters? When you do, does that make it easier or harder to write them?

I do put a little bit of myself in each character and it varies as to whether it’s harder or easier.  If you understand that issue in yourself and how you’ve resolved it, no problem.  But if it’s something with which you still struggle, it’s just as hard to figure out in your character.

What’s the most interesting thing you ever learned while doing research for a book, or the most fun you ever had with research?

I love research, especially if it involves travel.  I love to travel, although I hate to fly.  I think the most fun I had was exploring Rome for a number of different books I wrote that were set there.

Tell us a little about your non-writing life. Do you have a day job, hobbies, pets that demand your slavish attention?

I do have a day job.  I’m an attorney in New York City.  I’m also a mom and a wife and a member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers.  I have a cat, but she’s very independent and doesn’t pay much attention to me.

Please share with us a favorite guilty pleasure that helps you unwind after a long day of writing/revising/editing, whether it’s a decadent food or a strong drink or a cheesy TV show.  

My favorite guilty pleasure is taking long strolls along the boardwalk, even in the winter.  I just love being near the ocean and enjoying the peace of nature.

Thank you for stopping by Caridad!

Multi-published bestselling author Caridad Pineiro was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. She attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. Caridad earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University and became the first female partner of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, an intellectual property firm in midtown Manhattan.

Learn more at, including a page dedicated to THE LOST and to her new series Sin Hunters.

Caridad is offering two giveaways:

International Giveaway: an ebook of ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

US Only: a LOST t-shirt

To enter just leave a comment with your email address so winners can be contacted.

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours. Check out more stops along the way here.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me! I appreciate you taking the time to do this.

  2. wait to read this book!

  3. I am a new fan of Caridad and the two books I read I love!

  4. I wish I could get out of the pantser mode! Reading that you've become more conventional by writing a synopsis first gives me hope, Caridad! I think it would save me a bucket of editing time, and writing time in general.
    Lyndee H

  5. Great post!

    Caridad, it is always a pleasure reading your books and getting to know you through great posts ;o)

    Rita from South Africa

  6. Great interview Caridad, I always enjoy reading them.