UPDATE: Congratulations to Stacie for winning a copy of DEADLY LIES from Cynthia! Thanks to everyone who commented for a chance to win. 🙂
Today I was lucky enough to interview one of my favorite authors and fellow-Brava writer Cynthia Eden, who besides writing dark, sexy paranormals for Kensington also writes the Deadly romantic suspense series for Grand Central. Being the absolute sweetheart that she is, Cynthia has offered to give one commenter a copy of either DEADLY HEAT or DEADLY LIES! I’ll draw a name later this week.
1) You are such a kind person and you write so well about dangerous, deadly people, even serial killers. Why do you think you’re attracted to the dark side?
LOL, aw, now you’re just being nice! I think beneath my soccer mom exterior, I may have the heart of a killer. 🙂 Wait, no, that probably doesn’t sound right, does it? The truth is that I’ve always liked darker books. As a kid, I loved to watch horror movies, but unlike others, I always cheered for the monster. As I grew up, I kept cheering for the monster because I realized, we aren’t all 100% good. Everyone has a darkness inside. With “monsters”—well, they just can’t hide that darkness as well as others can.
2) What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?
I love the thrill of just starting a book. The pages (empty ones, granted) are full of possibilities. Anything can happen. Love and danger wait!
3) You’ve been writing paranormal romances for awhile and just added romantic suspense to your list in the Deadly series (which is AWESOME). What was your thought process here? Did you have any worries about your readers following you to the new genre, or was it all smooth?
Thank you! So glad you enjoy the DEADLY series. As for my thought process…I noticed that when I wrote my paranormal romances, suspense elements kept sliding into my stories. So the more I thought about it, I realized that I truly enjoyed writing those suspense aspects. I decided to try writing a straight suspense (meaning no vampires or werewolves) and DEADLY FEAR was born. In my Deadly books, my monsters are real-life serial killers, arsonists, and kidnappers, and I’ve discovered that those real-life monsters can be just as scary as demons.
My DEADLY books contain the same heat level, action level, and intensity that my paranormal books have, so the transition between sub-genres was a pretty smooth one. If readers like my paranormals, then they should (hopefully!) enjoy my romantic suspenses, too.
4) You write for two publishers, are active on the internet and have a wonderful family. Any tips you’d like to share for time management? In other words, how in the heck do you do so much…and do it all so well?
I don’t sleep! Ack! Actually, I think I may have gotten better at juggling my schedule. It’s all about finding a pattern that can work. For me, I wrote late at night for years (around first my work schedule and then around a baby—night was the only quiet time). My son is older now and in Pre-K, so that means I have quiet hours in the early morning. I get as much done as I can during those hours, then, yes, later when he goes down for the night, I hop on my computer again. I still enjoy a variety of late night hours.
I make page goals for myself, and I stick to those goals. Staying motivated is key to balancing my day.
5) What’s next for you?
The third book in my DEADLY romantic suspense series releases very soon—yay! DEADLY LIES will be in stores on 3/1/11.
On the writing front, I am currently writing a Fallen Angel series for Kensington Brava. The first book in the series, ANGEL OF DARKNESS, is slated to release this December. These books are about Angels of Death—dark, very dangerous angels.
6) If you weren’t an author, what career path would you choose?
I’d be a teacher. Before I started writing full-time, I taught history. I loved working with the kids. They always brought excitement and fun to my day.
7) How long did you submit work before being accepted by a publisher?
Oh, jeez, let’s see. I wrote my first novel when I was 18 and submitted it to Silhouette. That novel was terrible! Terrible! Very correctly, they rejected it. I wrote off and on after that as I went to college, got married, started working…and then one day I realized that I’d let my dream slip away from me. Writing was what I’d always wanted to do, and I made myself find time for it. After I got serious, I sold my first book to the small press, ImaJinn Books within a few months. Then I kept writing and I signed with Literary Agent Laura Bradford. And well, I’m still writing! And feeling very lucky that my stories have found good homes.
8) Is there any advice you have for new writers?
Yes, never give up on your dreams. Rejections will come at all stages of your career. Deal with the rejection, let it hurt, and move on. Stay focused and write the best story that you possibly can.
Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me, Rebecca! You’re awesome. 🙂
So, leave a comment for Cynthia and we’ll enter you in the drawing. Thanks for dropping by today!