Monday, March 16, 2009

Balancing Work and Passion

Today my guest is award-winning and bestselling author Caridad Piñeiro. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and mother. When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. She leads a very busy life. Like many writers and authors in today's world, she works full time and does a balancing act between life and writing. How does she do it?

I get asked a lot of questions along a similar vein, namely:

1. Do you ever sleep?
2. Are you a vampire?
3. Do you ever take a break?

The answers are:

1. Yes
2. No
3. Yes

I will say, though, that if I had to categorize whether I was a Type A, B or C, I’d answer, I’m a Type AAA. Fact of the matter is, my grandfather used to say there would be time enough to rest when he was dead and I guess I really took that saying to heart. Which explains my Type AAA personality.

I definitely have a busy life, although I prefer to think of it as a full life. I work in New York City as an attorney, have been happily married for many years, have a great daughter who is also my best friend, enjoy other family and friends and have been blessed to be able to fulfill a lifelong passion – to write.

You are probably wondering how I do all that and still have time to rest. For starters, I get to write on my commute to and from work every day. It’s my “alone” time where I get to escape into the worlds and characters I create with my writing. Sometimes I am so into the story that the train pulls into New York without my realizing it. Luckily I’ve never missed my stop on the way home, although I have had a hurried shut down a number of times.

I also get up early on weekends – at six – and write for a few hours. That gives me the remainder of the day to hang with family, meet up with friends, and get some chores done and rest.

What’s my favorite kind of rest? Sharing time with family. Even if it’s something as simple as having a video fest, just being with family brings me peace. If we’re not just hanging out, we all love to travel and explore new places. I think I inherited that from my grandpa as well. He grew up in a very poor area of Spain and decided when he was a young man that he would seek his future elsewhere. His fortunes took him to Cuba and then to the United States. I was born in Cuba, not that I remember anything about it, but his love for adventure, and my jobs as an attorney and writer, have taken me to over a dozen countries and many more states, often with my family to share the adventures.

What’s my next favorite kind of rest? Hanging with my friends, especially my writing buddies. I love that my writing has brought me together with such a creative and unique group of individuals as well as the many fans who take a moment to chat with me or send me an e-mail.

In fact, my friends and I love spending time together and writing so much that we founded a new writing group recently – the Liberty States Fiction Writers. It’s been an amazing experience to start something from scratch with my friends and very rewarding because we’re busy sharing what we know, learning new things and meeting lots of interesting people who love writing as much as we do!

So now you know about my passions – family, friends, travel and writing. What’s great is that I’ve somehow found a way to meld and balance all of these. Granted it takes a little work and some juggling every now and then – especially when I’ve got a writing deadline – but all in all, I’m not complaining.

You may be wondering what I’m busy with now. Well, I’ve been doing some promotion for my February and March releases, HONOR CALLS and FURY CALLS respectively. They are a Nocturne Bite novella and Nocturne novel that are part of my popular THE CALLING Vampire series. I’m also waiting for the copy edits on my November release, SINS OF THE FLESH. I’m really excited about SINS because it’s my first single title paranormal romantic suspense release from Grand Central Publishing. While I’m waiting, I’m working on the second book in the series, tentatively titled STONE COLD SINS as well as two other books in THE CALLING, which will be out next year.

Which is probably making you ask again, “Don’t you ever rest?”

Of course I do, but who wants to spend too much time resting when you’re having so much fun?

Caridad Piñeiro is a multi-published and award-winning author. From the start, Caridad’s novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. In 1999, Caridad was published by Kensington as part of Encanto, the first line of bilingual Latino romance novels. In 2000, Caridad was one of the first Latino authors featured at the launch of BookExpo America’s Spanish Pavillion. In December 2006, Caridad helped Silhouette launch its successful Nocturne paranormal line with DEATH CALLS, one of the novels in the award-winning THE CALLING Vampire series. DANGER CALLS and DEATH CALLS were selected as the Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA magazine and Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award for Best Nocturne in 2006. Caridad’s eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list.
Caridad’s CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press.

Caridad was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. She 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.

You can visit with Caridad at her website or visit


Netti said...

Sheesh, and I thought my life was busy! Have to respect a woman that can do all of the above and STILL write a kick-butt story. Great post!

elvqn said...

Good morning Caridad, it's true the more you have to do the more you get done. You just prioritize and get to it.I call it doing it in a circle, you start at one point and just keep going until you arrive back at the starting point.

Cait London said...

Caught your post on FB and thought I'd drop Over4Coffee. :) So have you tried the upcoming book, Tarot for Vampires?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey Netti, good to see you. I enjoyed Caridad's article and of course, being a wise cracking person, the first thing i said to her, after reading it was, gosh, don't you ever rest? lolol!

She does write a kick ass story though.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Cait! What a pleasure to see you here. I've read many of your books over the years both as Cait Logan and London.

I haven't read Tarot for Vampires. I'll have to look it up.

Sheila Deeth said...

I used to have a long commute, in the days before lap-tops. That alone time was great, but I couldn't hold a pen steady enough to write. Got a lot of reading done though.

Neat interview.

Judi Fennell said...

Heh- Charity - you forgot to mention that you also read debut author's novels for wonderful quotes! :)

Now, if only your meeting dates weren't the same as ours, I'd be with you guys in a heartbeat! Great to see you here and hope to see you at PASIC?

SueO said...

Caridad, you seem to be proof that you can have it all! I'm delighted that Sia introduced us, so to speak; I will definitely look up your writings. You sound like my kind of writer!


Jamieson Wolf said...

Hello Caridad!

Your life sounds as busy as mine does! I'm glad though that you find time to rest. Afterall, if you refresh your mind and body, you refresh yourself!

I'm reading Devotion Calls right now and can't WAIT to read Sins of the Flesh! Why is November so far away?


Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Sia, great hosting!

Caridad- nice post. Love your AAA description.


Kat Sheridan said...

I'm so glad to hear about how a busy woman copes with it all! And still writes such wonderful books! From one busy woman to another, here's to you!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nancy, thank for stopping by. Enjoyed your blog.

I'm thinking we have shy people around. Lot of visits just not a lot of comments.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey Kat! God knows, you are one busy woman! Thanks for stopping by.

other lisa said...

I'm tired out just from reading this. :) Though I've noticed in my own life, sometimes the busier I am, the more I can do in a day. Maybe because I have to!

Jill said...

I thought I had a busy life until I read this. Gosh, now I have no excuse not to finish my WIP. I suppose I could pretend I never read it. But, no, I'll use it to motivate me instead.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Lisa, maybe because it comes down to what must be done? So your focus and energy changes to accomplish what needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

Wow, so busy!

Joanne R

Lesli Richardson said...

It's great to hear how you balance out your "real" life with your writing life!


AlyxPerry said...

I recently finished Fury Calls and it was the first book that I have read by Caridad. I can garentee that it won't be the last.

The discription and the passion in her writing is believeable and you can't help being pulled to a different place when you start reading.

Keep up the great work and you have gained another fan with Fury Calls. I can't wait to read the rest.

LuAnn said...

I, too, am usually found writing every day. To take a break, I tend to visit some of my favorite blogs and read interesting interviews ... like this one!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alyx, thank you for the feedback on Caridad's book. I haven't had a chance to get to the bookstore yet to pick it up.

I read some of Caridad's books way back when she started out and she always had that certain something that set her books apart from other writers. Her characters and the interaction between them was the big pull for me.

Thanks for the visit and feedback! :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

It was Caridad's intent to be here yesterday but business got in the way. :-) She will be stopping by today.

Anonymous said...




Caridad Pineiro said...

Thanks, Alyx and everyone else who has dropped by so far! Yes, life is busy, but I love it and I love meeting all of you.

Judi - I so wish we didn't meet on the same day, but I am going to track you down!

It's funny but someone once told me the busier you are, the better you get at managing time and it's really true.

Happy St. Pat's day from someone with Celtic Roots - yes, people don't believe it, but my grandparents are from the North of Spain - Galicia - which is one of the Celtic Nations! Explains my green eyes!

Will drop by later and also, Cait - will check out that Tarot book. Thanks for sharing.

Again, thanks to all of you. If you leave a comment, their might be a prize in store for you.

Caridad Pineiro said...

Oops a typo! LOL! That's "there might be a prize". Where's that self editor when you need them?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Happy St Pats Day to everyone. As you can see, my blog is all decorated in green just for the occasion. Um, well, okay, it's always decorated in green, lolol!

Of course, no one can tell my Celtic Roots with a name like McKye.

Caridad, not many people don't realize that Gallicia was one of the Celtic Nations, but it's oh so very true!

There is a lot of speculation as to where the Celts originated. Some say Phoencia. The Celts were a nation of warriors and prized as allies for many a Kingdom as mercenaries. Is it any wonder then, that many Romance and Paranormals feature Celts? They were respected and feared.

My roots are Scot and Irish. Our family tree, kept up through generations, go back to the early 1100's and yes, definitely warriors. In fact, the first name on our tree, Guy had lands in Normandy and that were won by his fathers in service to William the Conquerer. Which is rather cool. We also had lands in England and sons migrated to Scotland and became part of the MacKay Clan.

So happy St Pats day!

Mary B. said...

Thanks for taking time to let us know what you're doing.

Beth B. said...

Interesting interview. Make sure you make time to keep writing.

K Giardina said...

Caridad - Thanks for the invite to drop by and post. I've enjoyed several of your previous titles (haven't finished my list yet *grin*), and I can't wait until "Sins of the Flesh" hits the shelves.

Kudos to you for being so dedicated to the people and things you love to keep up with such a mad schedule. You've inspired me to do a better job with my own!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!
Best regards,

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thanks, Kim! I love writing and meeting all of you, so it's something I hope I can keep on doing. I'm anxious for SINS OF THE FLESH to hit the shelves also. It's a really cool premise - all about gene experimentation! I was a science major in college and have kept up with developments over the years, so I hope you will all enjoy that romantic suspense novel.

~Sia McKye~ said...

My Lady Dragon, Thank you for stopping by. :-)

For those of you unfamiliar with Kim she has lovely blog where she discusses various authors and their books, do stop by. href="">Dragon Lady's Gems

~Sia McKye~ said...

hmmm, the link doesn't work the same here. Well you can copy and paste it to your browser and it will take you there. Sorry Kim.

kaye Manro said...

Great post, Caridad! I'm just following you around everywhere lately! lol

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Wow, what a busy schedule you have.

Sun Singer said...

I feel like a real slacker reading how busy you are. When I lived north of Chicago and commuted some of the time by rain, I could read the newspaper, but that was about it. Hard to imagine writing during the commute. But, it seems to be working for you!!!

It's always interesting seeing how other writers do what they do.


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Anonymous said...

Hola, Caridad,

Enjoyed the interview, but now I'm so tired
from reading about all your activities!

Pat Cochran

Caridad Pineiro said...

Honest, it's not that tiring! I guess you just get used to the activity, but I do take some time off. In fact, tomorrow I'm taking off to spend some time with my best friend - my daughter! Hope you are all having a fun St. Patty's day.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Caridad, thanks for the plug on your Blog, by the way. :-)

And Caridad is offering give aways, a chance for books and and nifty tee-shirt.

I'm glad you're taking off for some time with your daughter. It should be a fun time. :-)

aries18 said...

Great post! It's great to see a woman succeeding on so many fronts and still taking time to bewith family and friends.

Sia, thanks for bringing us such inspiring writers to share their wisdom.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Wanda, you're welcome. I'm glad to know you are enjoying them. I know I am!

Be sure to check out Caridad's website. All kinds of interesting things on it. she has blurbs on her books and offers contests. Lots of interesting reading. :-)

Patricia said...

Can't believe Caridad can write during her commute. I would think it'd be way too difficult to concentrate. What does she do if she is really writing away and has to stop? How easy is it to pick up the train of thought later?

Fannie said...

I am glad that it's Caridad's life and not mine. I am not a multi-tasker at any time. One thing at a time. I am also what every writer needs, a reader. That is my passion. As for writing, I am lucky to string three sentences together and have them make sense. That is what makes me admire Caridad so much. She is a class act. Happy St. Paddy's Day to all.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I want to thank Caridad for taking time out of her busy schedule to spend time with us Over Coffee. It was a pleasure!

Thank you all for stopping by to read and those of you brave souls that commented!

Magdalena Scott said...

Hey, you don't need to thank me, because I'm getting here so incredibly late--but I did want to let you know I appreciate the interview, Caridad and Sia. What fun!

And yes, I will now need to take a nap, after reading about all that expended energy. I guess instead of a type AAA I'm a type ZZZ?

Michelle said...

I love to multi-task stop me from getting bored...I use to study while listening to music & watching a movie with the sound helped me to focus...couldn't stand just doing one thing I would get BORED!!! Happy March to you!!!

Mindy said...

Hi Caridad :)
Wow, what an interesting life. How do you find any down time?
I try mini multi tasking (Let the machine do the work ;) )
Happy Belated B'Day Caridad,
Mindy :)

Anonymous said...

Happy first day of Spring! Enjoyed the slides
from the Flower Show! Have a restful weekend!

Pat Cochran

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you all for dropping by! I loved meeting you and will be picking a winner shortly for the prize.