Hold on a sec, Capri. Just checking to see if the room is free … yep, all clear. Come on in and make yourself comfortable on the purple velvet couch. Thanks so much for agreeing to come by and visit today.
Ooh, velvet…I like. Thanks so much for having me.
I see you write in several subgenres of romance. Which genre or subgenre is your favorite?
Picking a favorite is nearly impossible. I like them all. If I had to narrow it down I would say suspense and science fiction are the two I prefer.
What drew you to write in those genres?
I read a lot of mystery books growing up. When I started writing beyond poetry, mystery is where I found myself. As I got older I found myself building relationships into the stories. One of the editors of a magazine I published a short story in called me a “shipper” and I had no idea what he meant at the time. Later I realized what he meant. I build relationships in my stories. Science fiction or suspense I have a tendency to delve into the psychological complications of romantic relationships and I explore them. It just made sense with my love of suspense and science fiction combined with my “shipper” tendencies to write suspense romance and science fiction with a hint of romance.
You self-publish your books. How has that worked for you? What tips or advice can you offer an author looking to self-publish?
I have published with publishers in the past and for the most part, when it came to fictional writing publications, it didn’t work out so well for me. Trust is sometimes given to people and companies that it really shouldn’t be given to. I learned some hard lessons. Sadly, I think the experience left a bitter taste in my mouth. I stopped publishing fiction for a while and stuck with focusing on non-fictional pieces for magazines and websites. While I wrote fiction for myself I didn’t publish. Life circumstances landed me in a place where I figured I should try it again. I had published through Lulu.com before, but only in print so e-books were kind of new for me. Then I found Amazon publishing options. I bounced the idea around for a while, but it was my mother who really propelled me forward when she said, “why not,” as in what do you have to lose. So I went the way of Amazon.
There are ups and there are downs to anything, but I would say that it feels good to be able to do something I love and still be able to pay the bills. This is all I have. I don’t have a husband to fall back on, and I don’t have a retirement check coming in. This is it so I make it work the best I can. So far it has been relatively good to me.
My advice to any author looking to self publish would be to know your end goal. If you don’t know what your goals are then it’s easy to get lost. Know what you want and know what your dreams are first and then figure out if self publishing is the road that will help you get there.
You have quite a few books out. Do you work on one project at a time or multiples?
I work on multiple books at a time.
You have several series out. Tell us a little bit about them.
The Men of Action series involves men and women who are brave no matter the risk. Some of them are military, some are firefighters, former assassins turned bodyguard, photographers with a zest for exposing the truth, park rangers and more. They’re all characters who fight to protect the people they love and to make wrongs right.
The Special Ops series is a four segment series. The first segment is the Search and Rescue segment which follows four retired military men who started a company to go rescue the package, as they call the hostages they go after. If anybody is ever in a position where they’re held captive abroad, no matter the reason, these are the men they’ll want coming to get them and bring them home.
The Adventures Through Time series is science fiction. The Shadow Hills series is what I call a soap opera without the melodrama. The second season of Shadow Hills starts this year in July. I have the Write Me A Murder series which is suspense and mystery with romance. The Gifted Liaisons series is about everyday people with special gifts i.e. Dream Walker featuring my Cherokee Arizonan detective who can walk through dreams. I also have the Forbidden Passions series which follows the Tinsdale and Eastwick family.
Is there one particular thing that you find challenging about writing?
When it comes to the art of writing itself I wouldn’t say there is anything I find challenging because the stories are in my head and I just have to get them on paper. The challenging part for me comes after the fact. Letting it go out there for other people to read is always hard. Just because I love my stories doesn’t mean anybody else will and in this business you have to be able to deal with the love and the hate and still keep your love and passion for writing.
What do you do to get in the mood to write?
I almost always seem to be in the mood to write. It doesn’t take much to get me there.
Oh how I wish, LOL. No. I play cello. I always say I’m a C.I.T. (Cellist in Training). But I am nowhere near as good as any of my characters. My knowledge of the instrument and previous school-orchestra (on violin) experience does give me insight into what my characters have to go through for music so it does help in my writing. The Cellist definitely benefited from my studies, but it’s not autobiographical at all.
Some quick questions:
What is your guilty pleasure?
I’m not sure I have a guilty pleasure. Hmmm…something to think about I guess.
Who is your favorite author?
Linda Howard is one of my favorites in the suspense romance genre.
What are you reading now?
Currently I’m editing so I don’t have any new books that I’m reading now. I just took a break and read After the Storm by Claudy Conn, which I enjoyed reading very much.
Sex or chocolate?
Chocolate. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate but if I have to pick I’ll still pick chocolate.
Pajamas, nightgown, or nothing at all?
Nightgown, but in winter I’ll wear whatever is warmest.
Alpha-males or beta-males?
In books I like an alpha and sometimes a beta can be good too. In real life I like a man with a healthy mix of both, somebody who is confident and strong without being over the top alpha or excessively beta.
Where can your readers read more about your books?
My website is a good place to look for information about current and upcoming books www.caprimontgomerybooks.com
Where can your readers reach you?
I can be reached at the following places:
What book are you sharing with us today? Tell us a little bit about it.
When the Heart Breaks is one of my non series books and what I call a dramatic romance.
When Seona Carson asks her husband and sister to watch over each other after she dies she couldn’t have known just how much that one request would alter their lives forever. The promise they make does not come without a price. Ailey and Antonio are complete opposites and now that their common connector is gone being around each other brings frustration and pain. But when the tears clear and the heart starts to mend the bond these two form starts to push beyond friendship. Now that Ailey’s heart is on the line how can she know if Antonio is falling for her because of the woman she is and not just because she’s identical to the woman he lost?
When the Heart Breaks is a dramatic romance that test the bounds of love, friendship, obligation and heartbreak. At the end of the day two people must decide if love is strong enough to hold them together, or weak enough to rip them apart.
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share?
“She was worried something could have happened to you. I asked around the area trying to see if anybody saw you and they hadn’t which told me you were still on that island.” He said grouchily.
“Why worry then?”
“She thought you might hurt yourself.”
She looked at him incredulously. “What was I going to do; throw myself into the rocky waters below?”
He shrugged. “I do recall you telling Seona it was too bad they couldn’t put her brain in your body. Sounds like you were okay with dying then.”
To save her sister’s life she sure as heck would be, but she wasn’t suicidal now. “You probably would have liked it if they could.”
“Probably,” he said. “At least I’d still have her.”
She looked at him in shock for a minute and then nearly screamed in frustration. “Do us both a favor, make your weekly check-in calls and go on with your life.” She pushed the unlock button and the second she did he locked it back. She tried it again, but he had already switched off the controls so that he was the only one with control over the door locks. She sat back and looked at him with anger in her eyes. This was not the way she wanted things to work between them.
“Listen here,” he growled. “You meant a lot to Seona and I get that. She asked me to do this and while you might be okay with dishonoring her dying wish I’m not. So I will call to check on you and I will hold up my promise to help you through this.”
“Oh and I won’t?”
“Seems like you’re already looking for ways to get out of it to me.”
“Whatever. I have tried to be nice to you. I know you’re hurting right now and I’m hurting too, but I will not let you talk to me like this. I will not sit here and let you take your anger out on me.”
He shook his head. “Stick to your end of the promise and I’ll stick to mine. I’ll check on you next week.”
She bit her tongue to hold back her anger. “You know my number.” She jerked on the door handle but the door still wouldn’t unlock. She looked over to him sitting there with that smug expression on his face that she wanted to slap off of it. “Open the door,” her tone was terse.
“I’m planning to stop by to check on you. I’ll bring you tea or whatever it is you drink. Then I’ll call you later in the week too. Perhaps that’s what you need.”
She laughed. “Me…me…what I need? You know, forget it. I’m not going to get into a pissing match with you over who is hurting more. We’re both hurting. Let’s just allow understanding for that. We’re going to hurt in our own way and that’s perfectly normal.”
He shrugged. “There’s nothing normal about the way I feel,” he said as he unlocked the door.
“Go,” he said. “I’ll be seeing you soon.”
This one is available now in both print and e-book. Ebook versions can be found on:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/capri-montgomery
While print can be found via Lulu.com: www.lulu.com/haremnights