A DEADLY Interview and Giveaway with Cynthia Eden…

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!

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41 thoughts on “A DEADLY Interview and Giveaway with Cynthia Eden…”

  1. It is always so interesting to hear how and when someone started writing stories. I am just thankful there are so many wonderful writers out there. It gives those of us who blog such great stories to review.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Hi, Eva! Thank you for checking out the interview. I always enjoy hearing how authors came to write, too. 🙂

  2. danicaavet says:

    Great interview, ladies! Cynthia is a wonderfully sweet person I was honored to meet at Nationals this year. She’s a gem as well as Rebecca! I have to agree with Cynthia about people being monstrous. I’m endlessly fascinated by the human psyche and what makes “evil” people do what they do. People are more frightening than any monster I can think of!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Aw, thanks, Danica! It was a pleasure to spend time with you in Orlando. And yes, those real people can sure be scary!!!

  3. Cynthia interviews as nicely as she sounds! Well done Rebecca! This was very entertaining.

    Good luck on your new series, Ms. Eden! And Ms. Zanetti as well! YAY!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thank you, Bonnie! (Rebecca made the interview easy to do!)

  4. Lynn Rush says:

    My favorite part is starting a new story, too. Love all those blank pages waiting to be filled.

    Great interview. Best wishes to your writing!!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, Lynn! And I am going to try and fill some blank pages today.

  5. Cynthia is indeed a sweet lady. She’s been to visit our RWA chapter here in Baton Rouge. Great interview and the books sound wonderful!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      I love your Baton Rouge chapter, Nancy! Such a wonderful and friendly group!

  6. StacieDM says:

    I think it is awesome that Cynthia was a History teacher. It must have been daunting to change careers and try to achieve her dream of being a writer. The Deadly books sound wonderfully intense. I can’t wait to read the entire series!

    Great interview Rebecca!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thank you, Stacie! I loved my teaching days, but I sure do enjoy my quiet writing life!

  7. Katie W says:

    Great interview! I have heard so many great things about Cynthia’s writing and I would love to read this the deadly series!!!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, Katie! Thank you!

  8. Nina Pierce says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Cythia’s paranormal stories and this new romantic suspense sounds like another winner. Great interview ladies.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thank you, Nina! I have such a great time writing the paranormals and the romantic suspense tales.

  9. Viki S. says:

    Hi Cynthia –
    Great interview.
    I think you could add baker to your list. How did the beignets (I have no idea how to spell it) N. O. pastries you made yesterday turn out? I too wonder how you get it all done. I remember when (18 yrs ago) I worked 70+ hours a week, had a 2 yr old and my house was cleaner than it is now. Maybe it’s the more you have to do the better you are at it? You know I LOVE you writing.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      LOL, Viki, my house currently looks like a bomb hit it. And I still have powdered sugar all over my kitchen countertop from yesterday’s beignet baking. But they turned out tasty!

  10. Brans says:

    Great interview, ladies! Cynthia – I just love your books! (And your heroes!!!!)

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thank you, Brans! So happy to hear you enjoy them!

  11. Debbie Smith says:

    I usually just read paranormal romances, but your Deadly series sounds awesome! I’m going to check them out!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thanks, Debbie! And thanks for checking out the interview. 😉

  12. Fantastic interview. Cynthia you are such an amazing author.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Aw, thanks, Savannah!

  13. Very interesting. I love to hear the sort of roundabout route authors take to their dreams. Congratulations on your success. I’m a big romantic-suspense fan.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thank you! And I’m glad to hear that you enjoy romantic suspense!

  14. Karli A says:

    Hi Cynthia! The Deadly series sounds really wonderful! Please include me in the drawing! 🙂

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Hi, Karli! Consider yourself included! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  15. Gabrielle says:

    Ohhh…I heard there was a cool giveaway on Rebecca’s blog today! Great interview. I like darker books, too.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Gabrielle, I like reading and writing dark books. It’s the edge that draws me in!

  16. JE says:

    Great interview, ladies! I think writing for two publishers would be very exciting–kind of like juggling fire. Lots of action and fun!

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Love that juggling fire comparison–I will have to remember that!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Hi Bec! I enjoyed this interview…Cynthia sounds awesome! 🙂

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Thanks for reading the interview, Stephanie!

  18. Great interview and great advice. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      And thank you for checking out the interview!

  19. Danielle Gorman says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. This is a new series for me and I can’t wait to start it. It looks so good.

    1. Cynthia Eden says:

      Hi, Danielle! Glad you are excited to read Deadly Heat–thank you!

  20. Yadira A. says:

    Hi Cynthia!
    First I just have to say that I’ve seen your books being talked about all over the blog-o-sphere and the covers never disappoint… they are fantastic! I’m a sucker for a great cover, so when the colors and pic capture my attention then to me the story is almost always bound to be good:) I’ve got all your books on my wishlist!


  21. Hi Rebecca and Cynthia

    What a lovely post. I love your work ethic Cynthia, it has inspired me!!!!!

  22. Jamie says:

    It’s great seeing this much insight into Cynthia’s process, thanks for doing the interview to both of you. I was interested to read that you see blank pages as possibilities – which implies you don’t know what’s going to happen as you write. Do you have a loose story arc, some specific plot elements, or is it really just write and see what happens?

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