I bumped the author interview back a day this week in order to fit in with Caridad Pineiro's blog tour. Since I'm currently sleeping in a T-shirt for her The Calling vampire series, it was the least I could do!

Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer:

Sylvia Amenabar believes men are dogs, even sexy undercover detective Carlos Ramirez. When her mother Virginia tries to set things right by bringing Sylvia's dad into the mix, their lives will never be the same again.

Where do you like to write your books (in bed, a coffee shop, an office)?

Although I write on the train to and from work every day, my favorite place to write is up in my home office, sitting on the couch with the television on. My favorite time is in the early morning hours, when it's totally quiet and still in the house.

Your favourite chick-lit book?

I love Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. The explanations to the loan people in the first book had me laughing out loud.

Your favourite female heroine (if different from above!), and why? 

I love J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas. Even though that series is about a kick-butt detective, there's a strong nod to the fashionista in all of us when Eve battles her partner and all her friends whenever they want to dress her up or do a makeover.

What tips would you give to any of our readers who want to become writers? 

Being a published writer is about writing on a regular basis and never giving up. Even after being published you will face rejection, but with each rejection you learn more and grow as a writer. So, never give up!

What are you reading at the moment? 

I am reading Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta. It's a great cross-genre vamp chick lit book.

What are you working on now? (If you can give us a hint!) 

I'm working on the concept for the next CHICAS story. I think this one will be about Adriana and her best friend/lover Riley. I think we can all identify with falling for our best friend and the fear of losing that friend to love. I'm also working on the next set of books in THE CALLING Vampire series (which will be out in 2008 and 2009).

What question have you never been asked in an interview, but think you should have been? (Tell us the question and answer it too, if you like!)

The question no one has ever asked is "Are you a fashionista?" The answer is a big maybe. I love elegant things of all kinds, which is why I loved the setting and styles in the CHICAS books. But around the house, I'm basically a jeans and t-shirt kind of woman. Do I love those big dress-up events? Definitely, but I rely on my daughter's awesome fashion sense to help me select what to wear.

Thanks, Caridad!

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