Cynthia writes dark tales of romantic suspense and sexy stories of paranormal romance. Her publishers include Kensington Brava and Grand Central (Forever line). She lives in the Deep South, loves reading romance novels, and watching scary movies.
DEADLY LIES:She wants to hide the past…
FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn’t fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.
He needs to uncover the truth…
One night isn’t enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable—until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn’t who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of blood-thirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.
As a merciless criminal spins a web of . . .
DONNELL: Cynthia, it's an honor. Great covers and blurb. Let's start with a question most every author wants to know: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
CYNTHIA: I’ll confess…I read them. Sometimes they make me smile and perk me up, and sometimes they make wince. That’s just life. They don’t influence my writing, but they do strongly influence my need for chocolate.
DONNELL: Spoken like a true professional. Have you ever written a character who wasn’t meant to be a hero/heroine but he/she wouldn’t go away?
CYNTHIA: I’ve actually written three of these guys so far (well, I’m in the process of writing one, so 2 ½). I think I may have a bad guy weakness. The first character was Niol, a super powerful demon in Hotter After Midnight. Originally, I intended for him to be the villain of the piece, but he got to me. So I wrote a story for him—Midnight’s Master. So far, Niol is the character that has inspired the most fan mail. I think others may have a bad guy weakness, too.
DONNELL: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
CYNTHIA: Oh, let’s see…cold pizza (Yikes! From at least 5 days ago), cheddar cheese, five different types of milk (don’t ask) and some Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Um, tomorrow is grocery day.DONNELL: Is Elvis really dead?
CYNTHIA: I hope not.
DONNELL: What do you do to unwind and relax?
CYNTHIA: I go to the beach and eat lots and lots of chocolate (you have to eat the chocolate fast on the beach because it melts or gets all sandy too soon).
DONNELL: I'm seeing a pattern here with chocolate. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
CYNTHIA: I think writer’s block can hit any writer. I keep an idea file on my computer to help me fight the block. When I’m writing stories and other ideas come to me, I type them in the file so that I can use them when I am stuck for story ideas.
Another technique…if I’m trying to write a scene, and I’m just stuck, I will go for a long walk or a long drive so that my mind can relax. Then, I attack the pages with a fresh perspective.
DONNELL: Dog person or cat person?
CYNTHIA: Dog. My dog Yogi was a shelter pet I adopted, and he is awesome.
DONNELL: Which is your favorite language other than your native language?
CYNTHIA:My husband is Greek, so…Greek.
DONNELL: What’s the first thing you do when you finish a book?
CYNTHIA: Eat some celebratory chocolate.
DONNELL: Why of course! What author(s) inspired you in your writing?
CYNTHIA:Jayne Ann Krentz has always been a huge inspiration for me. She can write such wonderful stories in a variety of romance sub-genres. I love her writing ability! Her book, The Pirate, was the second romance book I ever read. It hooked me on the genre, and I’ve been addicted to romance since then!
QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
I’ve had a great time answering the interview, but now it’s my turn to ask a question. So tell me…what’s your guilty pleasure? Books? What kind of books? Chocolate? Share and one commenter will win her/his choice of my Deadly Books (DEADLY FEAR, DEADLY HEAT, or DEADLY LIES).
I’ll give one commenter her choice of a “Deadly” book (either DEADLY FEAR, DEADLY HEAT, or DEADLY LIES).
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Cynthia, thanks so much for being our guest today on Get Lost in a Story. Readers, check back tomorrow as Heather Snow hosts Author Robyn De Hart.