I haven’t been able to keep up with my interviews for the past several weeks, so to kick it off, I’ve got a special interview with Cindi Myers, otherwise known as Cynthia Sterling! You might recognise her from To Love a Lady and Educating Abby or Colorado Bodyguard or Lawman Protection.
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I read all of the Little House books when I was nine and decided that telling stories had to be the most wonderful thing in the world. I began writing my own stories about that time and never stopped. I pretty much always wanted to be a writer.
Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?
I love history, particularly American history. I love reading real accounts of women in the west.
I would say the most difficult thing about writing western romance is staying true to the facts of the time while crafting a story that appeals to modern sensibilities. For instance, in real historical accounts, there is often a lot of prejudice against minorities and women. Even newspaper stories say things that would be shocking to modern ears. So my characters are always more enlightened.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
I want to provide my reader with an entertaining story that takes her out of her ordinary world for a while. I want her to close the book feeling satisfied and happy.
I want the story to be emotionally true, so that the reader feels she is living the story along with the characters.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I write full-time, so I try to write every week day. Mornings are usually better for me. I write in my office usually, but sometimes I move into the living room.
What is your favourite book that you have written?
That is like asking someone which is her favourite child. I have loved all my stories.
What is your favourite book that you have read and author?
This is a toughie, but I do have books I return to again and again: Morning Glory, by LaVyrle Spencer; The Lady’s Companion by Carla Kelly; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
You’re advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Take the time to learn your craft and study what makes a good book.
Read a lot – not just romance, but all kinds of books. Write a lot. Writers have to practice to get better just as musicians and dancers do.
Of course can’t forget the ‘favourite day’ of our authors!
Favourite colour: Blue
Favourite flower: Zinnias
Favourite food: Chocolate
Favourite day: Fridays, I think!
If you were to create your own fantasy land, how would you describe it?
I feel like I already live there, in the mountains of Colorado.
Thanks for interviewing me!
Cindi is currently working on a third Ghostly Romance called The Last Pirate, so keep a look out on that!