Friends Friday – Cari Z Aaaand its time to escape

Today’s Friends Friday blogger is Cari Z! She’s the author of Treasured.


Here’s the blurb:

Daniel Hart is a graduate student at the University of Arcane Studies, who works in a museum and mostly enjoys his calm, routine life. Everything changes when he meets Rhys Daveth, a visiting businessman with mysterious connections who pursues him with a passion that Daniel has never experienced before. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but things take a turn for the worse when Daniel is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, one that he suspects his new lover had a hand in. Once the truth comes out, Daniel will have to choose between the future he had planned and something deeper, more exciting and far more dangerous than he could have imagined.

And now on to the blog!

Before I moved to West Africa (I’m a Peace Corps volunteer), I was seriously considering whether or not it would be worth it to bring my computer along. I had no idea where I’d be posted, whether or not I’d have electricity and even if I’d have time to write (in retrospect: ha, haha, a-ha). Then there were the issues of insurance, transportation and weight limits. In the end, though, I considered that the good of having my computer outweighed the bad of all its third world challenges, and right after my husband it’s been the most fantastic thing that came with me.

My beloved calls me an addict, but the truth is that…well actually, okay, I may be a little bit of a computer addict. I refuse to feel sorry for this, however. We live in a country where over sixty five percent of the work force consists of farmers, where the majority of people live in rural villages, and where there is one road—yes, one poorly-paved road—spanning the country and providing support for commerce. Girls marry young and have many babies, the mortality rate is too high and the education rate is too low. I work with young mothers and their babies, and after a while, the escape that my computer can offer me in the evenings is seduction, sin and salvation all rolled into one.

I wrote erotica in the states but writing it here, where creature comforts are few and far between, feels like pure decadence. Reading it offers me a different type of escape and I happily cling to it when I can, but the truth of the matter is that this country buys its internet from what another country has occasionally to spare (that’s a dictatorship for you, sheesh, can’t make time for non-state telecommunications advancements) and downloading ebooks can be a matter of hours, not minutes. Very expensive hours. So, writing it is!

I appreciate the escape that erotica offers. It’s more than a brief mental vacation: it can change how you’re feeling, sometimes a lot. When you feel good, little things stop bothering you the way they used to, at least for a while. Intense heat becomes tolerable again, communicating in another language is a fun challenge and the obnoxious neighborhood kids and their constant cries of “yovo yovo yovo!!!” (ie whitey/foreigner/ghost) has the adorable ring to it that you remember from when you first arrived in country. Writing makes me feel good, and writing erotica (good erotica, at least) makes me feel great. I hope that the people who read my work get as much pleasure out of it as I do making it available to them.
Despite the difficulties of communication I have here, I’m doing my best to maintain a blog on my own, at You can find links to my other publications there, including my newest release Treasured.

Victoria, you are as generous with your space as you are with your skill—thanks for letting me rant!

Thanks for visiting Cari and I hope you’ll come back again soon!

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