Cindy Reynders is here with A Killer Slice, just in time for Thanksgiving. Isn't that great?
Welcome back, Cindy, and congratulations on the new book. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
Cindy, even though I have previously interviewed you, please give new blog visitors a brief bio.
I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming with my husband, Rich and my little dog, Ewok. I work for Laramie County School District 1 as their Marketing Specialist, and I write feature articles for my office’s Public Schools Chronicle. I’ve written articles for True West and Wild West magazines, and my published books in the Saucy Lucy mystery trilogy are The Saucy Lucy Murders and Paws-itively Guilty. The newest in the trilogy is A Killer Slice.
I've been to Cheyenne and hope to return next year.
What books came along at just the right time to influence your reading/writing?
I fell in love with Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind when I read it at sixteen. I wrote romance for years, but I switched to murder mystery and there I found my niche. I’ve got this crazy wicked sense of humor that plagues my writing, even though I also craft many scenes that are sad. Thankfully, my fans seem to love my style.
Yes, I'm with them! Please give us a short synopsis of your new book, A Killer Slice.
Sisters Lexie and Lucy are the main characters, and they live in the small town of Moose Creek Junction, Wyoming. A Killer Slice starts during a baby shower for Lexie’s daughter. A young man shows up on the door step of the Saucy Lucy Café, the eatery the sisters own, claiming he’s Lucy’s long-lost son who she gave up for adoption while she was a single college girl. Now Lucy’s a married, God-fearing, churchgoing woman, so to have this happen is a slap in the face, and she vehemently denies having a child out of wedlock. When the young man winds up dead, the local police naturally consider Lucy a suspect. So the sisters polish their amateur sleuthing skills to save her from going to jail. Everyone who has read the book so far, including my editor, swears they had no inkling about who did it until the great reveal at the end. A little secret: When I was writing it, I didn’t know either!
Sometimes our characters surprise us, don't they?
How has your writing progressed since your first book?
I feel more confident in my writing abilities. I’m also more aware that people are actually reading my work. As a result, I’m more of a perfectionist because I want to live up to reader expectations. I’m taking more risks, and I’m trying new things.
When do you accomplish your best writing?
I go to bed early each evening so I can get up in the wee hours of the morning and hide out in my office to write for a couple of hours before work.
Is there another book on the horizon?
Yes, actually there is. In early 2012, Angelic Knight Press will publish one of my new titles, “The Seven-Year Witch,” a humorous, lighthearted story about a witch who must travel through time to find the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s actually classified as an urban fantasy, so this is one of the new things I mentioned I’ve been trying. I’m hoping AKP and I can continue to work together to publish more in this line about my witch protagonist and her sisters. They may potentially be made into graphic novels as well, but this still only at the discussion stage.
After hours of intense writing, how do you unwind?
I love reading magazines! They’re quick fun reads that really help me relax.
Are your books available in print, ebook, and Kindle?
Where can we purchase these books and get more information about you?
My books can be found online, of course. If you prefer a hard copy and you can’t locate one in a brick and mortar store, it’s easy to order one online and it will be delivered to your doorstep. Or you can order a hard copy from a book store. Either way, the process is quick and easy. At my website, www.cindykeenreynders.com, readers can access my Facebook page and also my blog or they can contact me via e-mail with questions. I’m also on Twitter!
Thanks for visiting again, Cindy, and I plan to look you up when I get back to Wyoming.
Please do, Susan.