Maggie Mitchell

The Writers Life: Interview with C A SZAREK

I have the great pleasure to welcome a good friend – C A SZAREK today on her COLLISION FORCE Blog Tour.

Her first romantic suspense story COLLISION FORCE was released by Total-e-bound recently and can I say – I’ve read it and it’s awesome! If you like believable and sympathetic characters mixed with a ton of suspense and tension – this is the book for you!  And it’s an ARe bestseller! 

I sent Chrissy some tough questions, but I have to say she was up for the challenge. So without further ado – take it away C A!


When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I have always been a writer. Since I was very young. I always wanted to be published. I “got serious” about it a few years ago and joined a writing group, because I had no clue on the “hows” of getting published. Not sure what the final push toward publishing was for me, but I had stepped away from writing for a while. It was good to get back in and finish my book. I think that made me want it more.  🙂

How long does it take you to write a book?

So far each MS I have finished has been different for me. It’s taken literally years all the way to the one I just finished, which took about 3 months to write 70k.

Where do you start when you begin a book? Research, plotting, outline, or…?

I always start with an idea. Usually when my characters introduce themselves to me. Then I do research as needed. I don’t plot. I am a diehard pantser, I write by the seat of my pants. Sometimes I know where a scene is going, and sometimes I don’t have a clue. Sometimes my characters take things a direction that surprises me. Sometimes that’s awesome, and other times it’s frustrating.  But it’s always an adventure. 😉

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just fit it in where you can?

I write every day. Sometimes at lunch at work, so on those days I write two times, because I write best in the evenings from 6:00PM to about 8:30PM.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Chance Collision (Crossing Forces Book Two) can be considering “Coming Soon!” YAY! And Love’s Call (King’s Riders Book Two) which is my fantasy series published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing will be out in Late 2013 or early 2014.

I am working on a Christmas Novella that relates to the Crossing Forces world (YAY! If you liked Collision Force, you will LOVE this…*hint*)

And I will be working on book 3 soon.


C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

She works with kids when she’s not writing.

She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world.

C.A. fantasy romance series, The King’s Riders book 1 is available Feb 2013 from Gypsy Shadow Publishing.

She is often on Facebook and twitter, and loves to hear from fans. You can also check out her blog. Drop her a line!



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5 Thoughts on “The Writers Life: Interview with C A SZAREK

  1. Great interview. Cover is great.

  2. Great interview Chrissy.
    Congratulations on your release and that awesome bestseller logo from ARe.

  3. Thanx very much, Donna! I was shocked in a good way! 😀

  4. Hi, Chrissy and Maggie!

    “I don’t need a plot.” Spoken like a true pantser!

    I start with an “idea” too – what I’d call a premise. Usually the characters follow. But I always have at least some notion of where the story is going – at least a few scenes and an idea of the ending.

    Whatever you’re doing though, it seems to work!

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