I was given the
chance to chat with a very talented author this month, who
took time out of her busy schedule to spend some time with us
here at Joyfully Reviewed.
So, without further delay…let’s hear from.....
Did you always see yourself being a
writer or did you have different aspirations?
Well, let’s see…at one point, I
was very serious about becoming a magician (look for me at a
writing conference one day, and I’ll show you some tricks!).
Until I got my
writing off the ground, I worked in a couple of different positions.
I was a college counselor, a history teacher…actually; teaching was
another dream of mine. I loved teaching—loved telling kids about
the wonders of history (because I am a major history buff!).
I read you wanted to be Lois Lane…did you
follow those dreams of becoming a journalist?
In high school and college, I wrote for
the school newspaper. But, as I neared my college graduation, I
realized that I wanted to write fiction—and not the hard-hitting
stories of the day.
Are you able to write full time or do have
to balance a day job with your writing?
When I was first published, I balanced
writing and my teaching job. Luckily, I can now write full-time
(well, full-time when I’m not busy with my soon to be
Tell us what makes Cynthia…Cynthia.
Cynthia is…um, Cynthia because she loves
the paranormal. She’s loved vampires and werewolves since she was a
kid (never knew to be afraid of them). She loves happy endings, hot
chocolate, cold chocolate—any kind of chocolate she can get, and she
loves to read great books.
What draws you to the paranormal?
I love the idea that there is more to
this world than just what we all see everyday. I like to think that
magic exists, that wonders are around us—we just have to take off
our blinders and really look at the world.
With the holidays fast approaching, do you
have family traditions that you enjoy?
I’m a “Dirty Santa” fanatic. I love
switching gifts with my friends and family. I love the
baking—cookies, cakes. I also hold an annual gingerbread house
decorating contest with my friends. I never win that contest
(because, honestly, my house winds up looking like it was hit by a
tornado), but I have fun each year!
How long does it take for you to write a
book from start to finish?
It takes me about two months to write a
complete novel (100,000 words). I usually set a goal of writing
ten pages a day.
Do you need to have absolute silence to
write or can you write anywhere?
I need silence, but, having said that,
as long as I have that quiet, I can take my laptop anywhere—the
beach, the garden, the garage—and write.
Tell us some of your favorites…foods,
hobbies, authors, books, movies, music, color, television, or any
Foods: beignets and pizza
and horror-movie watching
Feehan, Angela Knight, and Jayne Ann Krentz
Underworld, The Princess Bride, Hellboy
Medium, Law & Order SVU, America’s Psychic Challenge
favorite time of the day is dusk
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and
what is the best way to contact you?
Oh, I love to hear from readers! The
best way to contact me is to send an email to
What does a typical day in Cynthia’s life
Oh, the glamour. LOL. Okay, seriously,
I wake up around 6. Take care of my son. Squeeze in an email check
around 9. More taking care of my son. He and I take our one-mile
walk. When he naps at 12, I write as much as I can—usually until 2
or 3. My husband finishes his work at 4, and then I am back at my
computer, often from 4 until 6. I check email. Write blog posts (I
have an individual blog and belong to several group blogs). I work
on my PR and write articles (for the RWR, my local writing chapter,
for magazines, etc). I update my website and order promotional
materials for my books. At 6, I have dinner with my family—and I
hang out with my husband and son until little Jack goes to sleep
(around 8). By 10, I’m back at my computer. If I haven’t met my
daily writing goals, well, I’ll keep writing until I do, then it’s
off to bed for me. Sexy, huh?
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes, don’t give up! When some writers
get that first rejection, it hurts so much that they lose their
confidence—many don’t want to keep submitting their work after that.
But, hey, if you don’t submit, you’ll NEVER get published. Keep
working, even when those rejections come and you feel horrible.
Just remember—everyone gets rejected at some point. Only those who
persevere get published.
What would you consider your greatest
strength? What about your weakness?
Tough question. Okay, I’d say my
greatest strength is my imagination. Even as a kid, I had one heck
of an imagination. My greatest weakness—ah, that one is easier.
I’m an obsessive gal, and I can never stop with one or two edits on
my tales. I look at them (ahem, revise) again and again until a
voice in my head finally screams, “Enough!” and I send the stories
to my editors.
How do you promote your work?
I advertise—in print magazines (like the
Romantic Times) and online. I send out promotional
materials—bookmarks, postcards—to conferences and book clubs. I
attend chats. I blog. I try to meet with as many readers as I can
(whether in person or online.) And I write—I think one book (a good
book) is a great promotional tool for the next release.
Is there anything else you would like to
share with us?
I have two releases available in
December. Both are anthologies: A RED HOT NEW YEAR (Avon Red) and
SECRETS, VOLUME 21: PRIMAL HEAT (Red Sage Publishing). I had a great
time writing these tales, and I’m pleased to say that the
anthologies have received very positive reviews! And, yes, as I
noted before, I am paranormal crazy, and my novellas for these
anthologies do feature paranormal stories. For more information
about these stories, or to enter my New Year’s Party Contest (I’m
giving away enough party supplies for 50 people!), please visit my
I hope everyone has
a fantastic holiday season!
Thank you so much
for taking the time to interview me!