Author Q&A: Cari Z. + Giveaway!

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Please welcome Cari Z. to The Blogger Girls!!

What made you want to become an author and why choose the genres that you write in?

I don’t know that becoming an author is a choice for most of us, so to speak. When you’ve got stories to tell, they will be told, period. And while I started with m/m historical fiction, most of what I write is speculative because I like not being bound by pesky things like reality.

What was the first scene you wrote that made you cry?

Oh, jeez, when I killed someone. Not a major character, but a minor one I loved. The plot demanded death and I fed the beast, but it definitely brought a tear to my eye.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both. Either. When I’m already full of energy, writing lifts me up. When I’m tired, it wreaks havoc on me. Being a new mom, you can guess which state I’m in more often these days. *sigh*

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Social media. I use Cold Turkey for a reason—when I’m on deadline, Google is good, Twitter is bad.

For readers who haven’t read you, do you want each book to stand on its own, or do you try to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I haven’t written a lot of series, so generally I think most of my books stand on their own. I don’t have an overarching universe that people need to acquaint themselves with to find their feet with my writing. Except in my free stuff, but hey—free!

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Publishing gave me a sense of urgency that only increases. It’s not a bad thing, either—it’s beneficial to be able to hit a deadline in more ways than just writing life.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Oh boy, of mine or someone else’s? I guess my favorite under-appreciated novel that I wrote is Tempest, which I’m going to be re-releasing in the new year now that I’ve got rights back to it. It’s a fairytale gone dark (ha, like most of them need any help) and I love almost everything about it. And for someone else’s novel? Huh, I don’t know if it’s underappreciated or not, but at this time of year I like to re-read Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel. It puts me in that zombie-tastic holiday spirit.

And a silly question…. What would you choose to be your spirit animal?

Right now I’m staring at my daughter’s closest stuffed animal, which is part monkey, part tiger and part crocodile, and—that. I think that’s a pretty good representation these days 😉


About Reckless Behavior

After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.

But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.

Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.

Available at: Riptide Publishing & Amazon


About the Authors

Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.

Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.

Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on, under the name Carizabeth.

Connect with Cari on her website or via her blog.


L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

L.A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter.


To celebrate the release of Reckless Behavior, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice in an ebook from each of Cari and L.A.’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 6, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Good luck!

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16 thoughts on “Author Q&A: Cari Z. + Giveaway!

  1. Happy release day, Cari. Thanks for sharing your story with this Q&A.
    This is certainly the most physically and emotionally trying installment of the series – for tbe MCs at least, lol. Looking forward to read the next book.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  2. lisa

    Thanks for the interview!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  3. Jennifer

    Looking forward to this one!
    jlshannon74 at

  4. Susana Perez

    Thank you for the interview, Cari, and congrats on the release

  5. Jen CW

    Thank you for the interview! I definitely need to read this.

  6. jodi marinich

    congrats and thanks for chance …enjoyed the post today

  7. H.B.

    Thank you for the interview! Happy New Year!
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Debra Guyette

    How exciting! Loved the post.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  9. congrats on the new release


  10. Roz

    Love this series.
    roz123uk at yahoo dot co dot uk

  11. I like this series. I haven’t read any of Cari Z.’s individual work, but I’ll have to look some up now. 🙂 I like historical romance. I’m not too into hard science fiction. I’m more on the elves and bunnies side of reading the speculative fiction spectrum. 🙂 But when it gets into heavy math, it’s a no. I’ll take a look. Happy New Year!

  12. Happy Release Day! I think this sounds like a great book!

  13. Lisa

    I’m a little behind…reading Risky Behavior right now. Already looking forward to the rest of the series. 🙂

  14. Congratulations on the new release. My spirit animal is a dragon… reading a book!

  15. Purple Reader

    Congrats, LA & Cari, and thanks for the interview. It’s interesting when you talk about authoring not being a choice. Kind of like sexual orientation & identify. I cringe when someone (sometimes a high profile comedian who tells awkward jokes about trans people et al) talks about supporting the “choice” the person makes. Shows they still don’t understand. Just a pet peeve. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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