Today we are very excited to welcome Cynthia Eden Author of Night Watch Series to Book Lovers, Inc. Her newest release I’ll Be Slaying You hits the shelves next tuesday June 29th. You can read my review Here.
So please join me in giving Cynthia a warm welcome!
The Cornered Lover: How long have you been writing?
Cynthia: Hmmm…pretty much since the 1st grade. J I’ve always loved writing, and even when I was a kid, I’d scribble down short stories and read them to my mom. I wrote my first novel when I was 18 (it’s buried in a closet some place b/c it is VERY bad) and then fast forward fifteen years…and I’m a full-time writer now.
The Cornered Lover: What is one of your favorite things to do?
Cynthia: I love going to the movies. I usually go each weekend and I just escape into the film.
The Cornered Lover: If you can work with any one of your fellow writers.. who would it be?
Cynthia: So many to name! But, since she actually hooked me on the genre…Jayne Ann Krentz.
The Cornered Lover: Who is the one person you would love to meet?
Cynthia: Right now, I want to meet Bret Michaels. Yep, I’m a fan. I think he’s brilliant creatively, and he’s got great musical talent!
The Cornered Lover: What is a typical day for Cynthia Eden like?
Cynthia: My days are spent chasing after my four-year old…we go to zoos, play at haunted forts, frolic in fountains…but at night, I write. A lot. As for sleep, who needs that? (Me!)
The Cornered Lover: What is the one thing that always relaxes you?
Cynthia: Chocolate. Chocolate can always make me feel great.
The Cornered Lover: Of all the places you’ve been to..which one has been your favorite?
Cynthia: Disney World is actually my favorite place. What can I say? It’s a place of magic and fairy tales and I love that.
The Cornered Lover: Where is the one place you would love to travel to?
Cynthia: England. I’ll make it there—one day!
The Cornered Lover: What is the one thing you wish you could do but haven’t done so far?
Cynthia: Travel to England.
The Cornered Lover: What are your favorite types of Heros & / or heroines?
Cynthia: I love strong and smart heroes and heroines. I also like characters that aren’t perfect. We all have flaws, and I rather enjoy flawed heroes and heroines.
The Cornered Lover: Do you read any reviews on your books?
Cynthia: I do. And I appreciate the time that reviewers take to write up their thoughts about my work. I also understand that my writing isn’t for everyone. I like the saying “Different strokes for different folks.” So when I see a bad review, I don’t take it personally.
The Cornered Lover: What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
Cynthia: Romances are my favorite books! But I tend to prefer the subgenre of paranormal romance the most.
The Cornered Lover: What are you working on now?
Cynthia: I just finished revisions on DEADLY LIES (this will be my third romantic suspense novel, due out next March). This book is part of my “Deadly” series, and it focuses on a serial kidnapper.
The Cornered Lover: Do you have any books coming out soon?
Cynthia: I do! I’m happy to say I have a busy upcoming schedule. My next paranormal romance, I’LL BE SLAYING YOU, will be available on 6/29/10, and then, one month later (approximately a month—I think the actual release date is 7/27/10), my very first romantic suspense novel will be released by Grand Central Publishing. DEADLY FEAR will introduce readers to the SSD—my fictional Serial Services Division in the FBI—and to the agents in that unit.
The Cornered Lover: Whats a typical writing day for you like?
Cynthia: When I’m on a deadline, I set page goals for myself (say 10 pages a day). I usually don’t start writing until the evening (due to the my active child), but when I start, I just keep going until I meet my goal. I don’t sleep until I do.
The Cornered Lover: Do you set a daily writing goal?
Cynthia: LOL, yes, please see my previous answer!
The Cornered Lover: Whats the best thing about being an author?
Cynthia: Having the ability to create my own world. The possibilities are endless for me—and I love that!
The Cornered Lover: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Cynthia: Never give up on your dream. Never. Rejections happen—face ‘em and move on. Write the story that calls to you and *believe* in your writing.
And read. A lot. One of the best ways to be a good writer is to be a good reader.
The Cornered Lover: What are 3 things that are “must haves” for you when you sit down to write?
1. Silence. Too much noise totally pulls me out of my stories. I want to be able to hear the voices of my characters and nothing else.
2. A handy cup of Sprite—you know, to help with the thirst
3. Chocolate. A small bit helps with inspiration!
The Cornered Lover: What do you think is the difference between and Reader and a Book Lover?
Cynthia: Hmmm…interesting question. I’d say a reader buys a book, enjoys it, and moves on to the next tale. A book lover has a keeper shelf that is very well stocked. A book lover can instantly name 5-10 favorite authors and book titles. And a book lover will always re-read a good tale.
The Cornered Lover: How do you come up with the names of your characters?
Cynthia: Google helps me. If I am looking for a name with a particular meaning, I always hop online. I also have a baby naming book—it lists all of their names and the meanings attached to those names. I’m big on picking names with meaning!
The Cornered Lover: If you could meet any of your characters face to face, which one would you most like to meet, and what would you say to him/her?
Cynthia: I’d like to meet Dee Daniels from I’LL BE SLAYING YOU. I’d tell her…I want to be kick-ass like you! Dee is one of my strongest heroines, and I found myself wishing I could be as brave and bold as she is.
The Cornered Lover: Twitter question (answer as you would on twitter / 140 characters restriction)
Summarize I’ll Be Slaying You in 140 characters
Cynthia: Vampire hunter Dee Daniels trusts the wrong man when she lets her guard down around a sexy stranger—a man with real bite.
Summarize Dee/Simon in 140 Characters
Cynthia: Dee Daniels is strong, smart, and ready to kill any vamp in her path. Simon is…in her path.
The Cornered Lover: Do you know how many books will be in this series?
Cynthia: I’ve written 3 books in the Night Watch series so far.
The Cornered Lover: Do you know all your books/characters before you start writing a series?
Cynthia: I know the basic characters, but often secondary characters will appear & grab my attention!
The Cornered Lover: Did you have to do any type of research before writing this book?
Cynthia: I research myths with the help of my paranormal encyclopedias & the Internet.
The Cornered Lover: Are any of your characters based on people in your life?
Cynthia: Maybe. Maybe not.
The Cornered Lover: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?
Cynthia: Dr. Emily Drake from HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT was inspired by one of my friends—a lady who is a psychologist.
The Cornered Lover: How long did it take you to write I’ll Be Slaying you?
Cynthia: Two months. That’s my usual draft time for a book.
The Cornered Lover: If you could pick anyone to play Dee and Simon in a Movie version of I’ll Be Slaying you, who would you pick?
Bradley Cooper for Simon.
The Cornered Lover: Did I’ll Be Slaying you turn out like you originally had in mind?
Cynthia: No! The book took a few unexpected turns for me.
The Cornered Lover: Is there anything you wanted to put in I’ll Be Slaying you, but just couldn’t seem to fit it in?
Cynthia: I made everything fit. Got all my details in!
The Cornered Lover: With Dee theres a little….twist, is that the idea with her, you always had in mind?
Cynthia: Oh, yes. I knew in Eternal Hunter what would happen to Dee, and if readers look closely enough, they’ll find the hint there.
The Cornered Lover: Thank you some much for taking the time to share with us today Cynthia!