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USA TODAY bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story–a bible parable–in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she’d ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today.
Though she also fires up her computer as a graphic designer, proofreader and editor, she can’t resist the lure of disappearing into a world of her own creation. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars.
The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Please contact her through one of the ways below.


Thanks so much for stopping by Literary Cravings, If you could sum up No Flower Required in four words, what would they be?
Thank you so much for inviting me! I’d say sexy, fun, emotional and hawt (yep, the sexy thing couldn’t be overstated!)

In the beginning, what or who spoke to your first? The story or the characters?

Definitely the characters. From when I wrote NO DRESS REQUIRED, I suspected Nellie’s best friend Alexa had a story to tell, and Dillon and Cory sprung up fully formed in my mind when I visited a local hardware story. From there, it was a matter of figuring out the journey Alexa and Dillon would take together.

Why Romance?

Because it’s a genre that celebrates hope—and without hope, life ceases to matter.

Was there any scene or part in No Flower Required that was difficult to write? And if so how did you get through writing it?

Yes, there were a few of them. The hardest by far was Dillon and Alexa’s first love scene—most often known by readers as the “rooftop in the rain” scene—mainly because I wanted to convey their desperation while still making sure that Dillon’s reasons for holding back the truth came through loud and clear. He doesn’t always make the “right” choices in the book but he always makes them with his heart in the right place and I think that makes all the difference.

How did I get through writing it? Turning up some sexy music and letting Dillon and Alexa lead me through the scene. Once I got them up on that rooftop, they pretty much took over and had their way with each other—and me. 😉

Who was the easiest & hardest character for you to create?

The easiest was Dillon’s brother Cory. For some reason I just understood what made him tick from the get go. The hardest was definitely Dillon, because it took some wrestling to figure out how my preconceived notions about him differed from the character that appeared on the page. He eventually got his way, as the best characters always do!


No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn       

Flower shop owner Alexa Conroy had it all before the recession hit and her customers fled to cheaper shopping grounds. Desperate to make ends meet, she sells her dream home and moves into the rundown apartments above her shop. When she spots six feet of sexy distraction—complete with muscles, piercings, and tattoos—ripping up flooring, Alexa knows the karmic windfall she’s due just landed on her doorstep. And the attraction’s definitely not one-sided. Dillon James, reluctant heir to the corporation about to foreclose on Alexa’s shop, is not about to jeopardize their scorching chemistry by admitting he’s not the building’s handyman. But with only weeks until her business goes under and his identity is revealed, Dillon must find a way to convince Alexa cooperation isn’t a dirty word, help her save the shop from his brother’s greed, and persuade her that he’s not the enemy…or risk losing the only woman who’s seen the real him.


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