- What is the story behind your pen name?
Cady came from the protagonist in Mean Girls 1. (I just found it cute, that’s why) And Lorenzana, dahil sa major-major crush ko na si Guji Lorenzana.
- When did you start writing?
Informal, around high school. Gumagawa ako ng kuwento at ipapabasa iyon sa buong klase. Script style pa. Formally, college. I was seventeen when I had my first published book.
- Why did you choose erotica?
Sinapian ako ng masamang espiritu. Chos! The truth is that…it’s because of a simple request of a reader/reviewer. May sinabi siyang something about na gusto niya raw na makapagbasa ng book ko na level up—means, makabasa ng may love or sensual scenes. Kasi medyo kilala ako bilang Wholesome na writer. So I tried. Ginamit ko rin `yun na inspiration para sa unang erotic book ko. 😀
- Is there any inspiration behind your erotic novels?
Aside from that reader/reviewer, books and magazines—Cosmopolitan Magazine particularly. I call Cosmopolitan Magazines as my office Supplies. He-he. It’s a tradition for me to read Cosmo first before writing an erotic book. I’m also a huge fan of Harlequin Sexy Imprint.
- What’s your dream writing project?
Palagi kong sinasabi na Gothic Romance. Dream ko iyon pero mukhang magiging Dream na lamang. Hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin akong plot na maisip. Hindi kasi ako mahilig rin magbasa ng Gothic/Vampire or even Wolf novels. Hindi ako mahilig sa Fantasy.
- Which among your novels is your favorite? Why?
Well, it’s Business and Pleasure. First time ko kasi na mag-out of the box. The concept is new to me pero hindi naman ako nahirapan. Nag-enjoy pa nga ako at parang sumasabog ang ideya sa utak ko habang sinusulat ko siya.
- Out of all the novels you’ve written, who’s your favorite character? Why?
Artemis De Vera and she is not really a main character. Anak lang siya ng hero ko na may malaking part sa ilang published novels ko. I like kids in a book and I enjoyed her character. She’s just so mataray and spoiled kasi in a nakakatuwa way for me. But if you’ll ask a main character from a book of mine, it’s Lorabelle of Beauty and the Greek. Just read the book to know why.
- Many writers have “writing rituals.” Some listen to music, others find it easier to write when it’s raining, and some even paint their nails before writing. How about you, what sets your mood in writing?
Music. I enjoy listening to music before and most while writing. The playlist also depends on what book I am writing. Kapag More Than A Fairy Tale, puro Disney Songs. Kapag naman RR, Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack. Kapag RR rin, it’s a habit to paint my nails red before writing…and nasabi ko na yata ito…ang magbasa muna ng Cosmo bago magsulat. Minsan, ginagawa ko rin na magbasa ng book na may kaparehong theme sa isusulat ko before ko isulat ang book na iyon. Example, kapag drama, I’ll make sure I will read a drama book before writing a drama story. Kapag light romance or comedy, dapat light and comedy rin.
- Who is your favorite writer? Why?
I have a lot, #SorryNotSorry
International: Michelle Reid, Jennie Lucas, Lynne Graham, Sharon Kendrick (The books they write are full of angst.) Emma Chase of Tangled Series (She’s so witty and funny!)
Filipino: Marian Tee, Heart Yngrid, Belle Feliz, Angel Bautista and Dream Grace.
- Have you tried writing a series? If not, any plans of trying it in the future?
Yes…but all for PHR. I have three solo series for PHR—International Billionaires, The Last Will (To be published) and To Infinitea and Beyond (To be published) Three Collaboration Series—-The Past, The Present and Camp Speed. As of Red Room, I don’t have any plans in trying a series in this imprint…though iyong published books ko naman for Red Room ay spin-offs.
- How do you handle writer’s block?
Read books and unwind.
- What is your most unforgettable fan encounter?
I have a lot…but the most memorable just happened recently. Feeling ko ay hindi naman siya fan encounter talaga. And I don’t call a reader a fan…it’s just too—errr. Ha-ha! Pa-humble po ako mostly, eh. He-he! I call them friend or a reader. But yeah, may na-encounter lang ako while strolling sa Bench. Sales Lady siya roon and she’s like… “Ma’m, may kamukha po kayo.” Ngiting-ngiti pa ako kasi akala ko sasabihin niya artista. Naghihintay ako ng sagot na “Kathryn Bernardo” O `di ba, ang kapal ko. Ha-ha! Pero nang sabihin niya na “PHR Writer” parang nahiya ako. I just felt like…what? Kilala ako kahit sa public place, `kalian mo `yun! Ayokong ma-feel na sikat ako. Ha-ha!
- How do you deal with the bashers?
We can’t please everybody. Ignore and ignore until they die. Chos.
- What can readers expect from you in the near future?
Ayokong sagutin ito. Baka malungkot kayo! Ha-ha!