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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Thursday Spotlight: Caridad Pineiro
I’m often asked by fans and fellow writers how I manage to write so many books since I have a full time job, namely being an attorney in Manhattan. My area of practice is Intellectual Property (patents, copyrights and trademarks) which dovetails nicely at times with my passion – writing. Being an attorney is a job that often requires longer hours, but I’ve managed to handle that by going into work early so I can be home every night for dinner and family time. Family is the most important thing in my life.
So where does the writing fit in? Writing is my passion. I started writing in the fifth grade when a teacher assigned a project – to write a twenty page (typed) book to be placed in a class lending library. The idea so intrigued me that I went home and started writing. Near the end of the year, my poor mom had to type 120 pages of my novel!
I knew then I had the writing bug and kept on writing through high school, college and law school, but it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I knew I had to commit to something – getting a book published. I wanted my daughter to know that anything was possible if you worked hard for it. It was a lesson my mom had taught me and I wanted to pass it on to her.
So late at night after my baby daughter was asleep, I’d get to work on my novel. A short while later, I was lucky enough to take an adult education class with Fern Michaels who liked what I was writing. That wonderful woman sent the chapters I had written to her publisher and a discussion ensued. They wanted something contemporary and my work didn’t fit into any of the historical categories being published. So I went back to work and four years later, I sold them my first book!
Ten years later, I’m working on my twenty-fifth book which will be out sometime in 2010. 25! It’s more than I could have imagined and I am thankful every day for the opportunity to be able to fulfill my passion for writing.
How do I do it with a family and full time job, you’re probably wondering again. Well, I take the train to work every day which gives me about 1.5 hours of writing time for the round trip. I also write for about 3 or 4 hours on every Saturday and Sunday. If I’m under deadline, or if a story is really calling to me, I’ll also write at night after dinner, although this is tiring after a full day of work.
With that schedule, I generally can finish two to three books a year and also develop a few proposals for future books. That’s a key thing – to always have work ready to be submitted. It’s important to have regular product on the shelves so that readers will be able to get their fix – I have a fan who joked she was a Caridaddict! LOL!
I guess what I finish with today is what my mom instilled in me and that I’ve hopefully instilled in my daughter – anything is possible if you work hard for it.
Note: For a chance to win one of three prizes from Caridad: an autographed copy of Soldier's Secret Child, autographed copy of Moon Fever, or a Sins of the Flesh T-shirt, CLICK HERE and answer the question on her spotlight.