10am-4pm to chat and answer questions
One thing I have to say is that I love her book covers!
Eternal Hunter is currently out now and the cover is hot!
Let’s learn a little more about Cynthia:
1. Where do you currently live?
I live along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, which, unfortunately, means I’m dealing with the oil spill right now.
2. Are you Married? kids? pets?
I’m married, have a wonderful son, and great dog. A normal life!
3. What/who/ How did you get started writing?
I wrote my first novel when I was 18. Writing is truly the job that I’ve always wanted, life just, ah, got in the way a bit. Even when I was a kid, I’d create stories and dream of being published. Good thing I never gave up on my dream!
4. Do you want to thank one person in particular for giving that extra push?
My mom has always supported my love of books. When I was younger, we’d go on what we called “Used Bookstore Hunts.” I’d make a list of hard to find books (like Jayne Castle’s Guinevere Jones series), and we’d search all the bookstores to see if we could find them. We’d drive for hours, just hunting bookstores.
With support like that, how could I not adore books?
5. How many books did you attempt before you were published?
Oh, wow, I’m not sure. Hmmm…I *think* I sold the 6th book that I wrote. Though honestly, I’m not sure. I try not to think too much about the ones that didn’t sell—I like to focus on the positive. The sales!
6. Do you have any MUST haves to write? Food, drink or time?
No, I have a four-year-old, so I have to be flexible when I write. I have to be able to write anytime, anyplace (and often with Thomas the Train on TV in the background).
7. Which novel is your favorite of your books?
It varies. When I am writing a book, *that* one is my favorite. I’m into the characters, deep in the plot, and at that moment, that particular book is my favorite. But, a few weeks will pass, and I’ll start another book. Then, yep, you guessed it—I have another favorite.
8. Who is your favorite character?
Sandra “Dee” Daniels (the heroine from my upcoming release, I’LL BE SLAYING YOU), is my favorite. She’s a tough, kick-ass heroine who isn’t afraid to hunt real monsters. She says what she thinks, does what she wants, and I adore her! I want to be her!
9. How many books do you have in the work now?
From July 2010 until March 2011, I’ll have 7 releases. I’m currently scheduled to release more books in my Night Watch series with Kensington Brava (my Night Watch books focus on my group of paranormal bounty hunters), and I will soon be launching a new romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing. The first book in my romantic suspense series is DEADLY FEAR, and it will be available 8/1/10.
10. For your next book, What is the name and when is the release date?
My next book is I’LL BE SLAYING YOU (6/29/10). It’s a dark, sexy paranormal about a woman who spends her nights hunting vampires…and the man who wants to hunt at her side.
11. What made you write a dark book?
I love pushing the envelope in my stories. For my characters, life definitely isn’t all sunshine and roses. Dee has a very painful past, and her present is primarily death (truly—she spends her nights killing vamps). The darkness allowed me to add extra layers for my characters. And, honestly, I just like writing about monsters. I don’t like perfect characters—I think real people have a bit of darkness in them.
12. Do you like writing the hot romance scenes?
Of course! Who wants to write cold romance scenes? Sex should be fun and hot!
13. Do you have plans for another new book/series?
I recently turned in a new paranormal romance to my editor at Kensington Brava. In this book, my hero is a Fallen Angel of Death, and my heroine is a vampire. If my hero wants to earn redemption, he has to kill the heroine. Ah, drama!
14. What is the 1st book you remember reading and falling in love with?
Jayne Ann Krentz’s THE PIRATE. Oh, she hooked me on the romance genre! And to this day (so many, many years later), she is still one of my favorite authors.
15. Who is your favorite author? Favorite series?
LOL, I think I skipped ahead on the last question! Jayne Ann Krentz is a favorite, and my other favorites include: Linda Howard, Larissa Ione, Julie Garwood, Anne Stuart, Christine Feehan, Angela Knight…oh, I could easily go on for hours.
As for a favorite series…J.D. Robb has me hooked.
16. What is your favorite quote?
We know a little about a lot of things; just enough to make us dangerous. ”
–Dean Winchester, Supernatural
17. Do you have a favorite book cover?
Actually, I am totally in love with the cover of I’LL BE SLAYING YOU. My editor did a fabulous job of picking that one!
18. Naughtiest book you ever read?
Absolutely no clue. Do you have a recommendation for me?
Thanks for interviewing me!! Have fun with your 9 Days of Darkness!
Actually Cynthia, I do have a couple recommendations for you! But we’ll chat about that later.
It was so nice to find out about you and I’m very excited for your next release of I’ll be slaying you in June.
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