Author Caitlyn O’Leary Interview

Aviary Photo_130814500842968679What inspired you to write your first book? Back when I was reallllllly young. 4th grade. I knew I wanted to write. I’ve read so many books, from biographies, science fiction, horror, romance and true crime. Thirty years ago I bought a word processor and started my first novel, but I ended up moving up through the corporate ranks at Verizon so I stopped. Two years ago I was only working about 10-20 hours a week on a consulting gig and was bored, so I decided to write a book.

How much real life do you put into or influences your books? All of my books contain people and romance, so I would say that a lot of my influences come from real life. Now the part of my books that are menage, Navy SEALS and alternate universes, that is all imagination.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? Finding time. I work a pretty intense job these days, and I want to make sure I spend enough time with my husband.

What are your current projects?I am working on the second book in my Navy SEAL series called “Her Loyal SEAL”. That is Clint and Lydia’s story. I will have that coming out in December.   I will have “Beloved” the fourth book in my FOUND series coming out Feb/March. That is Dakota and Gabriella’s story.

How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? Good question. Each of my books have a format. For example I have one word titles for the FOUND series, and 3 word titles for the SEAL series containing the word SEAL. For Clint and Lydia’s story I was writing it, and realized just how Loyal Clint was to Lydia, and that was how the title came to me.

What is your favorite genre to write? Probably the one with the science fiction aspect. I love how my imagination gets to run free.

Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months. My FOUND and SEAL series are independently published by me. My FATE HARBOR Series, (The menage books) are published by Siren

Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? I have some awesome Beta Readers, and I have some fellow authors that I talk to about my books.   I have sometime talked to my husband, but his eyes glaze over.

Do your travel to research for your book(s)? A lot of the locations for my books take place in places I have already visited.

Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? I research a lot in my books, so yes I have. I now subscribe to Scientific American, so that it helps me come up with really cool ideas.

Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? Nope, not so far. LOL

When writing, do you have a process? Yes, whenever I have a problem getting an idea, I start swimming laps, and then it gets me kick-started. Thank God I live in South California.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? READ, READ, READ, READ. You really need to understand the craft and the best way to do this is to read other authors. Then you get started, and just start writing. Also, have beta readers, it is imperative that you have feedback from “readers” NOT “authors” about your books.

How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? 9 books. 5 in the Fate Harbor Series, 3 in the Found Series, 1 in the Midnight Delta Navy Seal Series. My favorite book is always the last one I have written.

Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? I chose a Publisher to begin with for Fate Harbor so I could learn the business. Then I decided to branch out on my own.

Where do your ideas come from? I don’t really know. LOL

Are you working on anything right now? I am working on Her Loyal Seal which will come out next month.

Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? Yes, Sam from the Fate Harbor series. He appears in all five of my Fate Harbor books, and he has grown and matured so much.   I LOVE him.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? If you’re thinking of reading my books, just read the blurb and first page. That’s how I always decided to read a book. It’s a great indication of whether you’ll like the style of the author. My books might not be a good fit for you. Of course I like them, I wrote them. LOL

More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty

Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you.

I am pretty left brain and worked as a Metrics Manager for 2 years.

Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? Doggy.

What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? Anejo tequila

Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Tequila all the way baby.

If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? Italy

If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? George Clooney, when he was single. He is philanthropic, and he has a great sense of humor, and I could look at him all day.

Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? Boy shorts.

Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? Dress up all day long.

Homebody or Party all the time girl? Homebody.

Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny?Smart, smart, smart

Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Luckily hubby is smart AND sexy

Favorite social network and why? My sister, she knows everything.

What was your “dream” job as a child? Teacher

What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? I was lucky, I had good jobs.

What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? Nope, not going to consider this. I’m working a full time job right now, and I intend to one day make writing my full time career, dammit.

About Your Latest Release

Introduce us to the main characters

Mason Gault, Sophia Anderson

 How do these two meet? Sophia Anderson is in the wrong part of town trying to find her younger brother who has run away. She is attacked and Mason rescues her.

How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle, end?

Start: Vulnerable

Middle: Passionate

End: Explosive

  What three words would you use to describe this story?

Loving, Suspenseful, Action-Packed

Blurb:

Hanging on by a Thread
Sophia Anderson takes care of everyone but herself. She will stop at nothing to keep her family safe. When she goes searching for her runaway little brother in a bad part of town, she becomes the one in need of rescue.
A White Knight
Navy SEAL, Mason Gault, faced many dangers while in the line of duty. No matter how bad a mission has gone, he finds solace in three things: His family, friends and the waves of the Pacific. When he hears a woman’s screams for help, he charges in to save her without a second thought.
A Dangerous Love
Sophia is burdened with scars from her past. Mason understands that empowering her spirit is just as important as protecting her well-being. As their love and passion soars, so do threats against her. Can Mason continue to be the compassionate white knight that she needs, while ensuring her safety?
A Midnight Delta Novel

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