Welcome to AusRomToday’s Author Spotlight on Cari Silverwood.
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of BDSM and dark erotic fiction, Cari is based in Australia and has over twenty titles in her rather saucy portfolio. In her own words, Cari “writes the way the world should be—dangerous and sexy with bullets piercing the darkness and lovers wrenched close by ropes”.
If you’re after dark erotica melded with adventure, BDSM, and wild fantasy then you’re in luck with Cari!
Over to the Q&A…
ART: Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I was an avid reader for most of my life. Early on in motherhood, I discovered a desire to turn the tables and write. I began with the simplest possible dream – to write a picture book. Though I had some great feedback along the way for my Young Adult books, I never felt comfortable until I graduated into writing adult fiction.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
Once I began writing, I always had that in mind.
Tell us a little more about Rough Surrender:
It’s a romance that is quite kinky, yet also has the most in-depth history behind it. 1910 was a very pivotal time. So much was happening – societal changes, amazing inventions, fashion was evolving, plus there was an oncoming world war. Into this history, I wove a beautiful romance and sexual awakening story between Faith Evard, a strong-minded woman and aviatrix, and Leonhardt, a man questioning his desire, his need, to dominate his partner.
Rough Surrender is a historical BDSM novel, exploring the kinks of the early-1900’s. I’m keen to know, what sparked your interest in this particular time in history, and what was the most intriguing research that you found?
My editor and friend, Nerine Dorman, suggested I explore the idea of writing in the Belle Époque era. It was a time so rich in significant events that I had trouble fitting it all in. Seeing Baron Empain’s palace probably thrilled me so much that I was compelled to write this story. Most intriguing research? Despite the little sexual revolution going on in France and even England, I think the best part was finding out about the Grand Semaine de L’aviation, the great week of aviation meeting that was the first of its kind on the African continent. Especially when I discovered the first woman ever to gain a pilot’s license, Baroness de Laroche, flew her plane at that meeting. But I am weird.
There has been much attention on the BDSM lifestyle of late, as a writer exploring and presenting the BDSM lifestyle, what’s the one thing you’d like people to know about the lifestyle?
Wow. Umm. Hard question. That it’s not a hard and fast rule-bound lifestyle, or shouldn’t be. I think many people explore the realm at some point in their life. If you’ve ever held your partner down, dominated them a little, as in ordered them about, or the reverse, or maybe done some bondage, you’ve touched the edges.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I have an EDJ that was my life, in a big way, but I couldn’t go back to that now. I actually don’t know. I toyed with the idea of studying to be a librarian at one point.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
I’m a writer who never read romances, until I found erotic romance about the same time I was published. So, I think it’s that romance is more than a strict set of rules. Lol Sounds like my answer to the above question on kink.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Strangely, be comfortable enough with writing that I know I can earn a good income every year. Second would be visiting the USA.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Outside writing, I’m staying a bit anon. Inside it, getting inside the top 100 ranked books on kindle on Amazon with Take Me, Break Me. Getting on the NY Times Bestseller list at #16 in March this year is second best as it was a joint accomplishment.
What’s next for you?
I have so many ideas in my head for books, and so many requests for sequels, that my head is spinning. I hope to write book four in my darkly erotic, and somewhat dangerous, Pierced Hearts series.
Confessions of an Author:
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Is there something we’d be shocked to know about you?
Shocked? Hard to do. I’ve climbed a mountain to the peak then almost fallen off? I tend to get vertigo yet I hate being limited, so I did it anyway.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
Easiest: Great action scenes with death and mayhem.
Hardest: (chuckle) Romance. Good, believable romance.
Favourite travel experience?
Going to the gemfields in Queensland and digging for sapphires. I love getting dirty and digging. No, not that kind of dirty.
Favourite fictional character:
Phedre from the Kushiel’s Dart series by Jacqueline Carey.
Milk or dark chocolate? Dark.
Red, white, bubbly? Bubbly!
Salty or sweet? Salty.
Beach or mountains? Beach, for sure.
Give or receive? Give. I think all writers give away a lot. Our souls in many cases.