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Friday, August 10, 2012

Interview with Carol Cadoo, author of Déjà Vu Of Love!

Please help me welcome author Carol Cadoo to Full Moon Bites! :)

Holly: Hi Carol! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Carol Cadoo: Hi I’m Carol Cadoo this is my first published book Déjà vu of Love. I have two sons. I live in the middle of nowhere. Well actually from my house it’s 30 minute drive just to get to nowhere. I am a passionate gardener I love growing sunflowers 32 varieties, roses and lavender. I have two beautiful dogs Harry and Hazel. I am a retired actress, choreographer who after shattering her kneecap became a wedding planner.  Wedding Planning has pretty much supported my writing habit for the last 10 years.  So this is actually a great moment for me to retire the headphones and no longer call the shots at weddings. 

Holly: Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?

Carol Cadoo: Does it make me a horrible person to say, sorry I am still going over the edge. I feel terrible about that but... That said I am still going over. Unless it is one of my two immortal beloveds. If it is one of those two, they better get ready to swim.  Because mom will pick them up 6’5’ 225 pounds and all.  They are going over then I am jumping in right behind. I am the quintessential helicopter mom.  My oldest son claims he had to move 1500 miles away to grow up. Very true I am embarrassed to say, but then he adds for the first 800 miles he was dealing with me attached to his ankles. That was not true by the way.  Well…much.

Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

Carol Cadoo: I don’t know if I ever really came to a realization, it was one of those things that just was.  Like breathing you know what I mean.  The concept of the story just came to me, I sat down and wrote it.  I will say though in the 5th grade I wrote my first book Wilber the Waterlogged Waggedorf my teacher wrote on my paper “who knows someday I may buy one of your book.”  I liked the way that sounded and the rest is history.  When I was in about the 9th grade I would practice what I was going to write on the jacket, how I was going to sign my name.  I was always in the performing arts, was a very good actress but never felt passion for it.  Great reviews, roles, and work but no passion.  Then I wrote my first film script Oh yeah I said to myself this is it.  So I don’t really know never, always it just was. 

Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Carol Cadoo: The characters tell me the plot after they all hook up for tea together.  I had no idea what the story was but I did meet the characters in the garden.  As I do most of the characters in my books. They show me what the deal is with respect to their history. You know to me writing is on the same level as channeling. I really have no memory of what I write.  When I go back to read it I am usually pretty surprised what the characters have up their sleeves.  Sometimes I think I am simply the vehicle these souls have found to tell their story to.  I am not an artsy fartsy kind of writer.  Like when I was an actress these other actors would get into character and do exercises like being a tree etc.  My attitude was get out there and do what you are getting paid to do. I really do believe I am channeling these stories.

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Carol Cadoo: Many men may pass through your life, only one passes through your soul.
The concept that the universe is going to throw souls together, that are suppose too be together.  That nothing or nobody including circumstances is going to keep it from happening. That fate and timing is everything, one without the other is not a complete package.  Have you ever met someone and the timing was off.  So in a couple of years you hook up again hoping this time it will be right. Nope not the time, this can go on for years.  I am sure you know the relationship I am talking about.  Gladys Knight said it really good “neither one of us wants to be the first to say goodbye.  So you continue that relationship hoping that one of these times the timing can be right.

Holly: You’re out demon hunting (because you’re that kind of awesome) and you come across one about to kill a young couple. He has not seen you yet; what is your first course of action?

Carol Cadoo: Oh I think you are right I am AWESOME like a super hero. My super power would be kill em with kindness but kill em.  I would sneak up behind them and seduce them with my feminine wiles.  That way the young couple won’t be dead and well at 56 you never know I might get into demon. Long as he does not bite hard.  Soft bites are the best.

Holly: Where can we purchase Déjà Vu of Love?

Carol Cadoo: Amazon Kindle easy beezy and you know the price is right.  1.99 are you out of your mind?  No I want people to enjoy the book and so I decided I was going to make it affordable for everyone. If your readers don’t have a kindle they can go to the Amazon website and download the kindle reader app for their PC

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?

Carol Cadoo: Yes this is a three series nightstand addition if you will Inheritance of Love is in final editing and Journey to Love is coming out in February.

Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?

Carol Cadoo: I am actually; while I am doing final rewrites on Inheritance and third rewrites on Journey I am rough drafting an as yet unnamed title.  I am now beginning to meet the characters.  Always an interesting process when they start making their selves available for a little one on one time. 

Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?

Carol Cadoo: To be honest when I am in the middle of rewrites I am afraid of stealing concept even if not words directly. So, I have not read a good book in six months. Well let me clarify have not read a good book that is not mine.  But I do have a nice stack waiting for me.  The last book I read was Night. Wow what a book.  Just breathtakingly awesome I recommend it to everyone. 

Holly: Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?

Carol Cadoo: Childbirth was less painful and not nearly as long.  This has been quite a journey I wrote the original outline of this book in 1995.  So we have really been on a trip together.  I will say the price of the ticket has been worth the ride.

Holly: Your life is a romantic comedy; what humors but very embarrassing thing happens on your first date/when you meet the love of your life?

Carol Cadoo: I snorted orange soda out my nose as I was laughing so hard at Nicole Kidman in her movie To Die For.  

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Carol Cadoo: I would love to write true crime like Ann Rule. Follow a crime from the beginning to the end.  Oh I would love that but I don’t think it is my bailiwick.  I would sure like to try sometime don’t know if I will.  I like to play the what if game and you can’t do that writing non- fiction. 

Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?

Carol Cadoo:  You know I think all of my characters are loosely based on people I know, run into etc. For instance my favorite character in this book Patrick.  He is based on my best friend of 30 years.  But one of his most common idiosyncrasies, I saw a guy on a bus do.  So I pull from everywhere, Holly I have no pride who knows as we speak my writer brain is recording stuff about you.  You may pick up the book in a year and go wait a minute that is my flaw. 

Holly: Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

Carol Cadoo: Well I have to say my mom was my first proof reader and bless her heart has slogged through everything I have ever written.  Before I could type she even did the typing for me.  She is my toughest critic and does not allow whiners.  Suck it up you picked this profession so quit your crying all that will do is give you red eyes and a runny nose.  She taught me to handle rejection with grace, while at the same time utilizing that rejection energy to leap tall building in a single bound.  Yeah the old broad Camille, she is a gas I promise.  All my friends were jealous she was my mom and not theirs, I got an awesome one.  Sort of makes up for the lack of leg extension that kept me from being a Prima Ballerina.

Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?

Carol Cadoo: Self -editing. You know sometimes it is so crazy you work and tweak and struggle to force this dialogue or narrative to work.  You might spend hours at the end of the day it’s gotta go. So teaching yourself to let it go before you waste 3 days trying to make it work.  Bottom line you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit so you gotta let it go.  That is hard.

Holly: What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?

Carol Cadoo: Writing, the actual act of writing I am like a computer that gets the print button hit.  By the time I do the manuscripting I know the story, the characters and where we are heading on this journey.  So I just sit down when my brain tells my hands it’s  ready and we roll baby.  I kick it out at that point, my fingers fly over the keys I know every move I am making.  I sort of get the idea of how an athlete feels.  I feel totally in control and in my element. No hesitation what so ever.

Holly: Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?

Carol Cadoo: Do write Don’t quit. That’s all you need to know.  It’s like a roller coaster ride no getting off in the middle gotta ride it til the end. 

Holly: Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just can not?

Carol Cadoo: No you know I love writing fluff.  I don’t write War and Peace I write great books for airplanes, vacations, hospitals and hammocks.  I am not discounting my books by any means.  But I am happy with my writing style and love writing Chick Lit.  It is so fun, I do admit every now and then after I read Robert Ludlum I think oh hell no I could not do this, but I would sure like to try. 

Holly: What are some of the pro’s and con’s of self-publishing verses being published by a publisher in your opinion?

Carol Cadoo: You know I am a control freak so self- publishing is really great for me.  I love making the decisions.  Good bad or indifferent it totally affects me and the artist I protect some people call it their inner child I call her my artist.  I am her muse.  I like the control factor a whole bunch. But then I spent 15 years as a Wedding Planner can you say major control freaky deaks all of us.  In addition I love the fact that writers can now be responsible for the footprint they leave.  I do not want to print paper books.  I would rather your children have trees to climb and swing on.  I read somewhere that the Kindle will kill books out about as much as the elevator eliminated stairs.  It is just time our industry get responsible.  There will always be books.  What is better than the smell of paper and ink, the excitement of opening a book no one else has read?  But at the same time there are only so many trees.  I vote for Kindle and self-publishing.  I don’t want to get bullied into paper books. I am adamant about it.

Holly: What is your favorite part of writing?

Carol Cadoo: I like the solitude of the work just me and the friends who come out to play on the paper. 

Holly: What is your take on editing your work (pre-edits I suppose before it gets passed to an editor)—do you hate it? Is it a strong point for you?

Carol Cadoo: I love the rewrite process I could do it for days, weeks, years I just love tweaking everything to my interpretation of perfection.  Practice doesn’t make perfect only perfect practice makes perfect.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Carol Cadoo: Well I really hope they love the characters as much as I do.  You know some writers develop the story with narrative but my characters really move the story along with dialogue.  My background is dialogue doctoring so it stands to reason that would be my favorite thing to do.  Or maybe it is a leftover anomaly from my self- absorbed narcissistic actress days.  I still want to do all the talking maybe?

Holly: Have you ever read a book that made you so mad, sad, happy, and excited and so many other emotions that even though you loved it your might not ever read it again? If so, what book?

Carol Cadoo: Peggy Sue Got Married totally affected me to the point of almost manic depression then I thought well the movie will no doubt be more upbeat.  NOT. Now I am not saying I did not love that film and book.  But emotionally no I cannot ever watch or read it again. Totally related to the chick, to the point of being prostrate with this sense of loss I can’t really even put into words.  It was awful and embarrassing but so real. 

Random Quickies!


Holly: Witches or Zombies?
Carol Cadoo: Witches I prefer the nice kind I loved Samantha (for you younger readers that is Bewitched.)

Holly: Favorite movie?
Carol Cadoo: Rear Window cause who does not want to look like Grace Kelley in that film I do I do. I have to admit to three Yankee Doodle when James Cagney sings Give My Regards To Broadway… got me when I was seven gets me now.  Then I have to include the Maltese Falcon so now yeah that is it. I have three favorite movies and love them all the same.

Holly: Favorite book to movie?
Carol Cadoo: Peggy Sue Got Married omg what a movie what a story it still makes me so melancholy just thinking about it, at least the mania is gone.



It just couldn’t be, no way, things like this don’t happen in real life… yet there he stood. Stunning, arrogant and ok Jazz Kelly had to admit it sexy as hell. Have you ever had that feeling you’ve experienced something before a smile, a sigh, a touch a look... Oh my god the look, when Jazz Kelly saw "the look" she almost collapsed. That's when Jazz knew, this was Déjà Vu Of Love.

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Welcome glad you stopped by I hope you enjoy the books I have written I love writing Chick Lit/ Romance. I am a retired Actress, Director,Choreographer, who discovered her real passion in life ...writing.

I have two sons Zachary and Garette I also have two doggie kids Hazel and Harry. My free time is spent gardening, decorating, and writing. I would love to have feedback from readers I think we are always curious about what people think of our work.

The only thing I ask is that you don't send me story ideas or critique notes. I ask that only because nowadays it's just complicated. So although I appreciate the fact you have a great story idea, you will have to write it yourself. If that's the case I would love to hear all about it, let's share writing philosophies.

Now go get a great glass of red wine, start the bubble bath grab a couple of chocolate covered caramels with sea salt then enjoy a little you time with a good book. I hope you love and enjoy reading the characters with minimally twice the enjoyment I had writing them.

Please pass the link to my book page to your address and Facebook people;if you believe I am worthy of a personal recommendation.

Thanks for dropping by, enjoy the read come on back Nov 15th 2012 for a copy of Inheritance of Love the second in my three part stand alone Nightstand of Love Trilogy. Not to be out done the third and final stand alone Journey of Love will be out for Valentines Day February 1st 2013.

May you enjoy all the bad boys of romance with none of the pain.
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