First off, welcome to the blog. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I'm an original renaissance woman. My degree is in chemistry and I worked a number of years in that, then became a reporter, a photographer, and a painter. I still do the last two as hobbies. My love of writing, first exhibited as a reporter and editor, led to writing novels and Windswept was my first one to be published.
How old were you when you decided that you wanted to be a writer? In my early 30's I decided I wanted to publish but life got in the way and a job as a chemist paid a lot more than writing early on when raising a family. I joined RWA a few years ago and learned more about how to write and how to get published. Now, here I am!
For those readers that haven’t had the pleasure of reading your work, can you tell us a little about it?
Windswept is about love and betrayal, forgiveness and survival. Caroline is left to fend for herself when her husband is unfaithful and leaves her. They try to overcome their problems but other people and events get in the way. Tempted by her husband's best friend's advances, Caroline must choose between the two. The choice may be taken out of her hands by Mother Nature's fury battling the elements in their sailboat, Windswept.
Do you see yourself in any of these characters? Totally. Everyone tells me they see a lot of me in Caroline. I guess that's not unusual.
Do you have any odd writing habits or rituals? Sort of. I write on my LR sofa with my laptop on one of those laptop stands so it's pulled up close. No TV, no music. I need quiet.
All writers have them, but what was that a-ha moment that inspired you? My husband and I were sailing in our own sailboat, Capella, and we both had such strong feelings about the boat and about sailing that I felt like I had to show other people what it was like. That's why I started with that idyllic sailing scene in chapter one—showing what it was like before the s--- hit the fan, so to speak.
What are your most difficult scenes to write? Love scenes, hands down. They're easy to envision but hard to write, like choreographing a love scene for a movie.
Describe your ideal writing place. I would love to have an office of my own with a desk dedicated to just my writing stuff. But alas, my husband had confiscated our study so I write here on the sofa with piles of papers and notes, etc. piled on the seat next to me and implements of my craft crowding a side table that used to look very nice but now looks like a junk heap. Sigh…
When you first started out as a writer, what were some of your biggest challenges? Craft. At first I knew so little about how to write, it's scary. I took some college courses on novel writing and read books and improved and improved.
Any advice for other writers that are just starting out? Don't give up. If you want to write, then write. Even if the manuscripts go under the bed. Eventually, you will learn more and reach the stage where your books are publishable. Then go for it.
Are your family and friends supportive of you? Infinitely, considering the number of years I've been at this. My husband lets me sit and write while he makes supper and does the dishes. My daughter, Cassandra Carr, who is a multi-published erotic romance writer, still critiques my work and I help her out too sometimes, although erotic is not my thing.
What writers have inspired you? Jo Rowlings. I have read the entire Harry Potter series through twice and a few three times. I read her books just to enjoy the rhythm and syntax and imagination, completely aside from Harry, although I love the character of Harry.
Who is your favorite character from another author’s work? See above… lol Harry Potter. Also, I love Frodo.
What do you do when you are not writing? My husband and I love to travel and both of us read voraciously. We're planning to spend two weeks in Italy this coming fall and we go to southern climes for the worst winter months. We love Buffalo, but--
What can we expect from you in the future? I have a second novel I am preparing for submission within the next month. It's called Fall Down Flat and is about a woman whose husband is killed in an accident and is forced to learn to stand on her own two feet and provide for her family. Both kids have problems, with her teenager being arrested for shoplifting.
When husband David is unfaithful and commits the ultimate betrayal by bringing his mistress aboard Windswept, Caroline’s world is shattered. He leaves her and she is forced to rely solely on herself for the first time in her life. She has to be a single parent to her daughter, Lily, and to decide if she can forgive David for tearing her family apart.
As David and Caroline work to put their marriage back together, events and other people conspire against them, over and over. Their relationship begins to heal, but the couple is caught in a horrific storm and waterspout on the bay, heading straight for Windswept. They want a chance to love again but Mother Nature might have other ideas.
About the Author
Cynthia has been writing all her life, as a newspaper reporter, editor and novelist. She even asked for (and received) a play typewriter for Christmas when she was about ten.
To be near her children and granddaughters, she and her newly retired hubby, moved to the Buffalo, NY area. Through her daughter, who is also a writer, she got hooked up with RWA (Romance Writers of America) and good things started to happen.
She is now writing more novels, taking lots of trips and relaxing by the pool on gorgeous summer days in Western, NY.
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