Author Spotlight Interview Featuring C.D. Gorri and Shifter Mountain
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Welcome, C.D.! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is C.D. Gorri, I write steamy, fast-paced Paranormal Romance & YA Urban Fantasy.
Most of my books are set in the same paranormal world and mainly take place in my home state of New Jersey. I call it the Grazi Kelly Universe in honor of my first heroine, Maria Graziana Kelly aka Grazi (grah-tzee). Characters and creatures overlap, but each series can be read alone.
Sometimes, I get to play in other authors' worlds and each experience has been unique and has enabled me to write a broader cast of characters and scenarios. My thanks to those wonderful authors who opened the doors and let me in! You can find me in MT Worlds, EveL Worlds, Purely Paranormal Pleasures, and Crimson Moon Hideaway shared worlds. I like to write sizzling Shifter romance books that are sexy and fast-paced with epic heroes, sassy heroines, and guaranteed happy endings for all! 😉
What genres do you write?
I write steamy, fast-paced Paranormal Romance & YA Urban Fantasy.
How many books have you published?
Over seventy and counting.
What can a reader expect when picking up one of your books for the first time?
If you enjoy sassy heroines, epic heroes, and fast-paced, steamy, insta-love stories featuring supernatural characters (mostly Shifters but there are a few Witches and Vampires in there as well) then my books are for you. No cheating and no cliffhangers, each story is a complete tale. Characters and creatures may overlap, but each series can stand on its own. My heroines tend to be curvy and my heroes possessive. When they fall, they fall hard and it lasts forever.
What were your inspirations for Shifter Mountain?
Shifter Mountain is book one in a new series I am writing called the Hearts of Stone series. My hero's name is Keeton Grey, and he showed up when I was writing another story for another boxed set. He was so intriguing and insistent, I knew he needed his own tale and a chance for his own HEA.
Please share your setting for Shifter Mountain. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?
Like with many of my stories, Shifter Mountain is set in New Jersey. The inspiration is Panther Mountain, yes this is a real place and I chose it because my hero is a Mountain Lion or Panther Shifter. I have not had a chance to visit, but it is on my bucket list.
How did you research or prepare?
I spent quite a lot of time studying the geography of several hiking routes, the more isolated the better in New Jersey. I have also read some blogs and articles centered around encounters with mountain lions and lost hikers.
When did the writing bug first bite?
I've wanted to write since I was a child. I picked up a marker at around three-years old, much to my mother's dismay, and wrote my name on every available surface in our living room. I think that was the start.
Who are your favorite authors, book/series?
Too many to possibly name, I love them all. From Shakespeare to King to Tolkein and Martin, Nora Roberts, Patricia Briggs, JR Rain, Milly Taiden, Eve Langlais, and every single author in this set with me (yes, I have read and stalked you all).
What is your most favorite childhood memory?
I grew up next door to my grandfather's Italian bread bakery in Hoboken, New jersey, and I still love the smell of fresh baked bread. It takes me back.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I write, I read, I cook, I take care of my family, LOL. I don't know if any of that counts as a hobby though.
Boxers, brief or commando?
All three at one time or other.
Favorite eye color?
Hazel, because they can be anything.
What's the strangest thing you've heard or seen?
Strangest thing I have ever seen is, hmm, I don't know I am still waiting on this one.
Do you have a set writing schedule or do you just go with the flow of life and write when you can?
Go with the flow. I have too many things going on with my kids, pets, and of course the husband, to do otherwise. ;-)
Describe your perfect alpha hero.
Okay, my perfect Alpha is smart, funny, loyal, strong, sexy, and loves his woman like no other can. Everything else is just extra.
Thank you for joining us, C.D. Gorri!
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