MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CARI ROBE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Cari Robe and I am a romance author.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I currently have two series I am writing with plans for a few more. The original idea for the Davis Entertainment Series came from hearing the song, “This is What She Came For” and as soon as I had the first couple in mind the rest of the series came flooding in!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I fell in love with romance. No pun intended. It speaks to me in a way other genre haven’t in the past.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did research on night clubs and burlesque in particular. Most of what I created is true to the characters and their environments.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Davis Entertainment Series is currently three interconnected, standalone stories revolving around a group of friends who meet and fall in love with the night club Sugar & Spice as their backdrop. Each story is different, but each comes with their own happily ever after.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My favorite book in this series is Private Securities: Davis Entertainment Book Three. I loved it so much I created a new series for Liv and Brant, Angel Security.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I followed the characters, and this is where they led me.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Most of the research for this book was military and police ranks as it follows both.
Was it always meant to become a series?
I made a promise to myself that I would publish one book and I never had any intention of it becoming a series or that any of the things that have happened since November 20, 2017 were possible. Now I am celebrating my 1-year anniversary in publishing with the complete series of Davis Entertainment that will include a 4th unreleased story that concludes the series!
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I tend to write better under pressure and I am still learning what my limitations are for daily word count. Some days I can get 1-2K words in before breakfast and other days I don’t write. I am still working on the balance.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My newest book will be the Davis Entertainment Complete Series Box Set that will include Limited Engagement, a previously unreleased book that will conclude the series.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I research names more than anything else. I like to find names that have meaning but more than anything I pick names I like and feel they fit the characters.
Where do your ideas come from?
I wish I knew where they all come from so I could direct the traffic better. Most of the time they come from inspiration in life or music. I’ll come up with an entire story line from a line in a song that I heard and go from there. Since I opened the flood gate to the creative side of my mind they seem to pop up when you least expect it.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I want to experiment with shifter romance. I am very drawn to this topic as a reader and I have done several live writes that feature this, but I have not yet written my own full length.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Waiting for other people to read it. I have a bad habit of agonizing over a really small detail of the story and it almost never impacts the reader, but it tortures me a bit.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer, or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them, and I did have one for my last book. I like them but I don’t know if I’ll be creating one for my next release yet.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Publishing 6 books in a year with 2 more to go. That is something I never thought I would achieve and I’m very grateful for everyone who has allowed me to do it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being an author!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would like to say I’ve accomplished all my goals of being a full-time writer, New York Times Best Seller and USA Today Best Seller. I’m actually hoping to achieve one of them very soon!
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I was part of a young authors conference and I’ve always dabbled in poetry and short stories. I really pushed myself to achieve the goal I set of publishing last year and I have never looked back since.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write the damn thing. The hardest part is writing it. I think a lot of people have ideas for stories and want to do it but it’s the actual start that kills them. I know I was guilty of this for a long time.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would be a chef.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews of my books and I respond to them whether they are good or bad. I think there is opportunity to grow from both.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I connected with romance in a very deep way and really enjoy it.
Where did your love of books come from?
I always loved to read from a very young age.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have a lot of favorite authors and favorite books across many genres.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Livonia Davis is my favorite character so far. She is everything you’d never guess she is by looking at her.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends what I’m writing. When I get to the more dramatic, emotional sections I am exhausted after writing them.
The sexy scenes leave me feeling quite energized!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Procrastination and stress.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be true to myself more than anything else which is a little selfish, but I find that it makes what I write unique.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
The author community is amazing, and I have had the absolute pleasure of being acquainted with and support by B.J. Hardy, Echo Hart, Michael James, Derek Masters, Elizabeth Knox, Lucas Black. I know I am forgetting a lot of other people!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Long and boring.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
FB Group>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheRobeRoom
Mailing List https://bit.ly/2uVefeU
Instagram >> www.instagram.com/cari_robe_author
Amazon >> https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B077F233PC
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️