Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Hampshire's Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis resides in the green/white/brown—depending on the season—state of New Hampshire where she spends most of her time at the computer either editing or writing. When she’s finally released upon society to autograph her latest book, do a talk, or research the next in the Angie Deacon series—heaven help the people she meets. Shutting her up becomes tantamount to stopping a volcano!

Welcome to the blog, Cindy. I've battened down the hatches. LOL.

How has your environment affected your writing? I live in southwestern New Hampshire. I am passionate about variety, both in my life and in my novel settings. The lakes, mountains, valleys, four-season communities and small towns—provide tremendous variety for my settings..

How many books have you written? I think between fiction and non-fiction, I have 30 published.

WOW! Talk about prolific!

Give a short synop of your most recently published book. In COLD AS ICE, Claudia Goodwin thought arranged marriages went out with the Dark Ages. But when her father announces her betrothal to the head of VanBuren Foods, she heads back to Colorado College in a daze. It’s 1954 after all, people don’t arrange marriages any more. Yes, some people do. People like Paul Michael Goodwin who’s sacrificed life ,love, and family for his almighty frozen food business.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book? They say ‘write what you know’ so I assume there’s a lot of me in the characters. Probably, in some cases, it’s not hidden very well. I think more of me is visual/obvious in Paige Carmichael, the character in FINAL MASQUERADE. In her attempts to escape a murderous fiancé she assumes many personas. I had to draw on much of what I know.

Do your characters take on a life of their own? They definitely do. And I have to say that, after all these years, they’re finally becoming real for my husband too. He used to roll his eyes if I mentioned a character by name, as a real person but the other day we were driving through the north country in NH and he said, “You should bring Angie camping here.” (Angie is the main character in my mystery series).  

Which is your favorite? My favorite character is Lindsay Reade from A PAGE FROM THE PAST because she has so much humor inside her. I love her view of life and her voice. Here are the opening sentences of the book: Our van sailed over the embankment in a shower of gravel, dead leaves, and shrill screams. My life didn’t flash before my eyes. I didn’t get a pinhole glimpse into “another world.” I didn’t see angels circling overhead.

Is it available in print, ebook, and Kindle formats?  All my fiction is available in all formats.

What challenges did you face while writing this book? COLD AS ICE has a very long history, more than 8 years. It began as a murder mystery. I sent it to my agent who said “no-no, this isn’t good,” so I put it back in the drawer for four years. Took it out a few times in the following two years but couldn’t figure out what made it bad. Till one day, a year later, I was looking at it and realized the story 1-wasn’t supposed to be a mystery, 2-had the wrong main character and 3-in changing to the right main character, the story needed to begin fifty years earlier. Consequently this story is very precious to me. The first reviews have been awesome.

Where do you store ideas for later use: in your head, in a notebook, or on a spreadsheet? In the computer in a file named "Story Ideas". Grin.

Can you tell us your writing goals/projects for 2012 or beyond? I’d like to write another book in the Angie Deacon mystery series. The "Sotry Ideas"file is getting full. Grin. I’d like to write three or four more in my short story erotica series—they’re kind of fun to do. Smile. Other than that, I’m not sure. My editing business is taking more and more time.

Where can folks learn more about your books and events? From me personally, or my newsletter. I admit to being notoriously bad at anything online. Takes me so long to navigate I get discouraged and quit.

Well, you certainly have more time for writing then. Thanks for the interview and I wish you well.
Folks, here's a link to COLD AS ICE:


Susan Whitfield said...

YIKES! WHat a screw-up! I apologize to Cindy Davis for heading her post with another author's name, Cindy Sample. They're both wonderful writers and I hope you enjoyed the Cindy Davis post even though I need my head examined.

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