About the Author
Cynthianna has published both contemporary romances and fantasy romantic-comedies. She also writes sf/paranormal erotic-romance under the pen name of Celine Chatillon. Her screwball science fiction/fantasy romance, Loving Who, is available in both print and e-formats at Mojocastle Press. The sequel, Leaving Who, will release this Earth Day. You can read excerpts from her novels at her web sites: http://www.cynthianna.com and http://www.celinechatillon.com
Cindy grew up watching Star Trek and reading the science fiction classics and Harlequin romances by the bushel. Somewhere along the line she became an ardent Doctor Who fan, and figured it was just as fun to write stories as it was to read them. She is happily married to the multi-talented artist and fellow author A. J. Matthews. They enjoy attending historic re-enactments and science fiction cons and chatting with friendly folk.
Confessions of a Blonde Writer Blog: http://www.cindyamatthews.com
Cynthianna’s Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002CQZYGK
What inspires you to write romance books?
I’ve always been a bit of a cock-eyed optimist. I love the “happy ever after” ending (or at least “happy for now” ending). Even when all else goes wrong in the world, it’s nice to think that lovers can find each other, fall in love, and have a wonderful life together. Romantic fiction has the best of all genres along with this inherent optimism that just can’t be denied.
Tell us about how you write:
Mostly I write by the seat of my pants. I’ve tried outlines in the past, but I didn’t feel they helped me much. Once the characters start “talking” to me and I have their backgrounds and a setting and time established, there’s no real need to create extensive outlines. I just follow the characters’ choices and journeys.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Listen, definitely. Characters can be quite chatty at times. They won’t stop talking to you–in your dreams, while waiting in line at the store, driving home, etc. Writers, as a whole, seem to be schizophrenic with all these voices in our heads!
What advice would you give other writers?
Listen to your heart and write what you like to read. It shows in your writing if you’re not happy with either the genre or the characters you’re attempting to write. Don’t follow the crowd–be original.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took the advice of other published authors and found out who were reputable publishers interested in my type of writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s in a state of flux now. Having been one of the first e-published authors (since 2001), I’ve seen a lot of changes in the last few years, some of which haven’t been altogether good. Time will tell if mid-list authors can survive the onslaught of poorly edited works that are being released en masse upon the unsuspecting e-reading public.
What genres do you write?
Mainstream romance, contemporary romance, fantasy romance, science fiction romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print