Interview with Cary West

When did you first start writing?
I have always had stories running through my head. As a child, I loved to play with Barbie's. I would literally take over a whole section of my house and create stories that would go for days. In my teens, I started writing poetry and in my early twenty's I began to write my stories on paper. I have boxes of legal pads written in hand with stories I created.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I lived in Northern Nevada for almost fifteen years. My favorite place was Virginia City so when I started writing The Taming it was familiar territory as well as the rugged men of that fair region. I've known a few Jack McBride's and I couldn't help writing about the overbearing alpha male that runs rampant in the last of the Wild West.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Impatience for one! I am not one to sit back and idly wait when I get something in my head. I'd followed a few other indie author's and studied their success. I thought, "I could do that!" and after numerous rejections from agents, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I started first with putting my work on Wattpad to see if there was any interest and there was. So with my confidence building I took the next step and published on my own. Let me tell you that is a lot of hard work. The writing is the easy part. The marketing, formatting, and everything else takes much of my time. But just to have one person read my work and say they enjoyed it makes it all worth it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To see the characters unfolding as I write. I generally have an idea how the book is going to go but it's as if the characters come to life and tell me their story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Stories can only come alive if someone is willing to read them. You have given me the greatest gift I could ever ask for and that is reading my books and asking for more. For that I am eternally grateful!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author of all time is Diana Gabaldon, The Outlander Series. Her words are like magic to me and they flow off the pages like music.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and my lap top.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a family oriented person. I enjoy entertaining at our private bar we named Shenanigan's, hosting picnics and gatherings. I love traveling and my life's dream is to buy a cottage in the Highlands of Scotland. I'm an avid swimmer and I am usually water logged by the end of summer. My family does a lot of camping, taking along our puppies, grandchildren, friends, whenever we can. But in my quiet time I love to write and to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yeah! I am a storyteller by nature and when my kids were small I use to make up stories to tell them at bedtime. Their favorite was "Art and Bart, The Two Black Hearted Brothers." It was kind of like an Aesop's Fable with a moral to its end.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes my inspiration comes from a dream or its a flash of a quick scene but I get a sense of something building inside me. Once I start writing the story comes. When I'm done I go through and edit it or add or delete a scene or two. Next I give it to several individuals who are my beta readers. From there I tweak it again and then when I am satisfied I send it to my editor. Once I get it back, it goes through more tweaking and when I am satisfied it's ready for the world to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was in fifth grade and the book was called The Black Stallion. I loved this book and when my youngest daughter was in grade school she came home with the exact same book from her school's library. I was so excited to re-read it as an adult and I loved it just as much as I did when I was a youth.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love romance. Sometimes heart warming stories (like Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook), sometimes steamy stories, sometimes historical or paranormal (Diana Gabaldon in The Outlander Series gave a blend of it all). Anything with a Scotsman is good!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like an e-reader that is dedicated to only books. I don't want a tablet or anything I can check internet or e-mail. Just an e-reader preferably with a glow light.
Published 2014-06-16.
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Books by This Author

The Price, Book Two in The Black Thunder Series
Series: The Black Thunder Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,220. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
The saga continues. After the birth of their first child, life between Jack and Kate McBride couldn’t be more perfect. That is until Kate’s mother appears and threatens to tear their world apart.
The Taming, Book One in The Black Thunder Series
Series: The Black Thunder Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 133,130. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
He was a one night stand kind of guy... She was a forever kind of girl.