About C.P. Mandara:
Christina Mandara was born in the UK, but has spent most of her life travelling the world. She speaks three languages and has been chiefly employed in the fields of finance and travel. Her favourite city is Sydney and her favourite holiday destination is the south of France.
In her spare time she’s usually cuddled up with a good book, exploring the countryside or baking in the kitchen. In fact, she loves her kitchen so much she’s one of few woman who wouldn’t mind being tied to it! Her first and foremost love is writing, however, and more often than not you’ll find her on a laptop spinning tales of romance, erotica or dark, paranormal fantasies.
What inspires you to write?
I think I have always loved writing about alpha males, and vampires are certainly at the top of that list. My vampires can read minds, control humans with little more than a flick of their eyelids… and they’re rather handy in the bedroom department 😉
These naughty tales probably come from watching too much True Blood and reading too many ’50 Shades of Grey’ type books. Yes – I unapologetically love the naughtier side of life!!
Tell us about your writing process.
Alas, I’m a pantster. I start out with a good idea and it evolves from there. I use no special software, bar of course Word, and you’ll often find me screaming on my edits as I find numerous continuity errors. Thankfully, my overactive imagination can usually find a way around my mistakes one way or another!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters. They are permanent features in my head and are often the source of my dreams, but I haven’t yet resorted speaking to them! I would, however, like to sleep with a few of them!!
What advice would you give other writers?
If you’re an aspiring writer – do not give up. It takes many years to acquire a reader base and social media following, and many writers give up in the first few years feeling that it’s an impossible task to get their book in front of readers. Submit your query letters to publishers, hundreds of the things, and try not to get upset at rejection letters. Only a ridiculous amount of books get accepted by publishers, but the more you keep trying to get your work out there, the better your chances are of succeeding!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a small press publisher, Chimera Books, but they are a better fit for my erotica books. When I’m writing paranormal romance, I prefer to self publish – but that may change in the future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
At the moment I’m a little saddened by the way the ebook market has gone. Books need to priced at $0.99 to sell these days, and that isn’t a fair price for the author. I’m hoping this will change with time. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want to see astronomical prices – but a fair price would be nice. It’s very difficult for most authors to be able to make a living out of writing, and that’s a shame. I do love how the kindle, iPad, tablet etc has shaped the way for a whole new world of books. You can hundreds of books all neatly tucked up inside your tablet and you can take them wherever you go! If you’re reading a particularly naughty number – no one need ever know. Sometimes it’s great to have that anonymity.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotica, Paranormal, Romance,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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