She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers
and live in central Ohio.
Visit her online at www.cindyswriting.com
They can be found on Amazon here:
What am I working on?
- I'm finishing up the second book of my mystery series, called Bat Crazy and here's a brief blurb about it:
The first one is Hog Insane.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I do a ton of research for whatever suspenseful/mysterious novel I'm working on and I also try to inject a touch of humor. In the case of my mystery series, Denton Davies is at the right age to be set in his ways, define life by his own terms, and have a little dry humor about him. It helps keep the mystery novel lighthearted and an easy read, which is what I aimed for.
Even in my other more serious books, I like to share a moment or two of sweetness, humor or lightheartedness that eases the tension just enough to give the reader a chance to breathe. Lol.
And I like to believe (verification from writer friends and readers) that I have my own unique writing style. I insist on delving deep into the personal's feelings and bringing them to bear in the story. Most of all, I thank God for the original talent he's given me and the opportunity to follow my dreams.
Why do I write what I do?
Even though I devoted years to my husband's and my ministry, I never forgot the love hidden within me to write seriously. One day, I realized and spoke to my hubby: it was now or never. That thought was impressed upon me, and I began writing fiction as a profession.
Only this time it was different. I was serious about pursuing writing as a career. In due process, my debut novel was published, then a second book was released, and now I have a WWII romantic suspense due out in November.
Suspense and/or mystery touches, and will continue to do so, all of my novels. It's my favorite genre, and why would I do otherwise?
How does my writing process work?
- Usually with an idea.
- Then the hard part begins: the plotting. This will take time, even during the writing, as I'm a seat of the pants writer.
- Research is vital in my writing. Although I seldom use it all, I like to know what my protagonist may (or may not) run up against. I like details that will bring the setting and era alive. I like to know how the characters would talk, how they dress, what they like to eat, what they do for fun and work. There are always plenty of things, minor and major, details to be worked out.
- Writing and finishing. It's one thing to begin a project, but quite another to pursue and push through to the end. It takes determination and effort to sit down every day, or as your schedule is, and type, even when the words aren't there or a million other things scream for your attention.
- Editing. As lots of authors will tell you, it never gets done. Of course, there is a time when you have to lay down your "pen" and say, It's finished. But many of us edit and edit and edit again. Guilty! :)