As part of our countdown to Readers & â€˜ritas 2017, our Meet the
Author interview series helps you get to know the authors joining us in
Texas on November 10-12. Read on to get acquainted with USA Today
bestselling author C.A. Szarek, and purchase your tickets to meet her in person at Readers &
What book made you fall in love with the genre you write?
I've been reading romance since I was a teen. A book that comes to mind that
still resonates is a Harlequin Silhouette book called DAD GALAHAD by Suzanne
Carey, and it came out in 1993! I can still remember the hero and heroine's
names and basically what the book was about. I guess it sparked my love of
true love, in a way.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story called Champ about a girl and her dog who had
puppies. I was
8 or 9, and I still have it. I also wrote several novels when I was a
teenager. I only finished one, when I was 17.
If you could change the ending to any famous book, TV show, or
movie, what would it be and how would you rewrite it?
I kinda feel strongly about this. I am a Star Wars geek, always
have been. I was super disappointed with the ending of Rogue One. I
don't feel like they all had to die (SPOILER ALERT) for the story to "fit
in" with the rest. I don't think it would've mattered to the canon AT ALL if
they lived. I also wished the romance would've been a little stronger. I
would rewrite it that they "retired" and ended up together, of course. I
would make it so all the crew lived.
What is your favorite part of meeting your readers (and new
I love chatting about my books and characters. They're alive in my head, so
when someone else can see them kinda the same way, I love it. I love hearing
if someone loved a particular hero or heroine, or even a secondary character
as much as I do. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
You can meet C.A. Szarek and more fabulous authors at
Readers & â€˜ritas this November! Readers & â€˜ritas is
a weekend getaway for book-loving ladies like you. Our guests of honor this
year are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marie Bostwick, and Cathy Maxwell! Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen,
Texas, November 10-12 for:
- A private signing with all of our authors.
- Raffle baskets benefiting Genesis Womenâ€™s Shelter.
- Panels and discussions in the author lounge.
- Signature bags stuffed with free books and swag.
- The Annual Fresh Fiction Awards and after party with a gaming
- Delicious meals with an author host at every table!
Visit our events website to find all the details and purchase
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