Reading Room with C.A. Szarek

You know who’s a rock star author? This girl. No, not me, C.A. Szarek, my guest in this week’s Reading Room talking about her latest release, Collision Force. This isn’t her first book release of 2013, it’s her second (and she’s got two more in the can). That’s just one of the many reason’s she earns her rock star status.

And, to further her rock star status, C.A. will be giving away a copy of Collision Force (Editor’s Note: It ROCKS!) to one lucky commenter.


What role has books and reading played in your life?

Oh gosh. So much influence. I have been a reader since I learned how. And I started writing when I was about seven or eight, with poetry. Novels started in my teens, the first one about fourteen. When I was a kid, I always had my nose it a book. That hasn’t changed, except I write so much I don’t get to read as much as I’d like.

What are some of your favorite authors through your life? Any new favorites added to that list?

Hmmm, there are so many I wouldn’t know where to start. Anne McCaffrey, Tanith Lee, Madeline L’Engle, Tamora Pierce. Those were the greats for me when I was a kid. Now I love them and so many more. JR Ward, Pamela Palmer, Monica McCarty, Tina Folsom, these are the ones I don’t know personally. So many of my friends are fantastic writers and I love their books as well.

Was there a moment when you decided to become an author? If so, was there someone or something that sparked that?

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LOL. It happened so long ago, I don’t remember. I got the idea for a story and went with it. I don’t want to admit just how long ago, cuz I’m old. So I’m leaving it at that. *wink*

Do you read when you write? If so, does your writing influence the books you pick up?

I tend to go in spurts. Or, binge writing and reading. So, no, I usually do one or the other. I will read book after book after book…when I am on a roll I can do 4-5 a week. When I write it’s the same. For instance, I wrote about 50,000 words in 4 weeks on this last book I just finished.

 (Editor’s Note: Overachiever.)

The publishing industry has experienced much change in the past few years, how do you think these changes impact the readers?

I think books are more accessible. With e-readers, it’s easier to get published. There are many more digital only and digital first publishers, so more fantastic authors have a chance to get published. It’s not as exclusive as tradition “Big Six” (Big 5, now I suppose) publishing. In this digital age, I think publishing is awesome. It has changed for the better. There are so many awesome books out there we wouldn’t be able to have if these changes never occurred.

Does a good book impact your work?

Not consciously, but I think I probably take in more vocab to incorporate into my style. But nothing I do on purpose.

As an author, do you think you read differently now? If so, how?

Yes. Unfortunately I edit in my head as I read. I hate it, but I can’t seem to shut it off. I do it to everyone, even my fave authors I consider “the best.”

You have a table for four reservation and can invite three of your favorite authors (living or dead). Who would you invite and why?

OMG! Anne McCaffrey (who has passed on, unfortunately) JR Ward and Pamela Palmer. Cuz they are AWESOME. I have met both JR and Pamela and they are FANTASTIC. I would love to have a whole meal with them.

In a Word:

Typically better, book or movie?


E-reader or paperback?


Favorite beach genre? ((???? BEACH??—I will answer it as if beach is not there))

Romance and any sub-genre is my fave. Hopeless romantic over here.

If you had time to read one more book in your life, which would you pick?

There’s always time to read. Writers should never stop reading. So I WILL read whatever’s next up on my nook. *wink*

You can follow C.A. at her web site, stalk her on Twitter @caszarek or Facebook.

About Collision Force

Book one in the Crossing Forces series collisionforce_exlarge[1]

Bad boy FBI agent and feisty widowed police detective collide pursuing a human trafficker in small town Texas on their way to true love.

Bad boy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.

Cole doesn’t do small towns and doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs is a cocky FBI agent who sees her as no more than a tagalong.

Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.

Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she’d left behind when her husband died. Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?

About C.A. Szarek

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.


About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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13 Responses to Reading Room with C.A. Szarek

  1. C.A. Szarek says:

    Thanx for having me today Kim, even though you were mean and called me and overachiever. (Editor’s Note: She’s just jealous) Hehehe! Have a fantastic Thursday!

  2. You both totally rock IMHO

  3. Awesome! Just awesome!

  4. Gina says:

    50,000 words in 4 weeks? OMG! I’m totally waiting for your binge writing to rub off on me.

  5. Jen Wright says:

    Oh, good, I’m not the only one that does editing in my head now as I read. Quite annoying really, but just too hard to turn off – especially when I found out what an IBP was, lol!

    Great interview! And, as I said the other day, I can’t wait to read Collision Force. It’s burning a hole in my nook library *read me! read me! read me!*

    And I agree with Gina, I’ll happily take any binge writing vibes you got, because 50k in 4 weeks is incredible!



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