I recently had the pleasure of hosting a tour stop for Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and you can read my review which was posted on November 30, 2012. Cynthia also stopped by for a little chat, so here we go!
1. When did you fall in love with books?
I read Nancy Drew and Beverly Cleary in grade school, a few teen romances in middle school, but then I really stopped reading until the age of thirty. I was working in the magazine/book industry and found audiobooks were a great way to relax during a long commute to work. I read mysteries for several years.
Then a book publisher gave me an autographed copy of Lisa Kleypas’ Sugar Daddy and promised I would love it. I sat it on my office bookshelf for a year until I saw a marketing sheet on Blue Eyed Devil. I was hooked and quickly found her Wallflower series, then went through all of her other historicals. I haven’t read many mysteries since.
2. When did you realize you wanted to write?
A few years ago, my husband worked the early morning shift and went to bed at eight. I’m a night owl and would stay up late reading. One day I woke up with a storyline in my head. After a few days of the story growing, one night instead of reading I decided to write. I didn’t tell anyone I was writing for a year and by then I had 2 1/2 manuscripts finished. I told my best friend, who happens to know Trish Milburn, an award-winning author, and hooked me up. Trish edited my first book (what is now the second in the series) and connected me with RWA and the Nashville chapter.
3. Tell us about yourself.
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.
4. Who are your favorite authors?
I follow Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, J.R. Ward, Susan Mallery, Karen Marie Moning, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Ashley, Emma Wildes, Anne Stuart, Sabrina Jeffries, and Victoria Dahl. And that’s just a start… Darcy Flynn, Rebecca Heflin and Meggan Connors are brand new authors recently added to my list.
5. What are your favorite books?
My all time favorite is Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I also love Intensity by Dean Koontz. I’ve read the Twilight series at least four times. Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers and Travis series and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood would also have to be at the top of my list.
6. What would you like for readers to get out of Winter’s Magic?
Winter’s Magic is a fun, fast read. There are parts that will make you laugh, while others make your heart squeeze. A few surprises. Steamy love scenes. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.
7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?
I try to be myself when I write, let my own voice carry the story. I had a judge from the Heart of Denver Molly contest leave this comment, “Her style is magic, so much so that it sneaks up and the beauty of her gift is she makes you forget you’re a voyeur peeking in on someone’s lives.”
I couldn’t have asked for better feedback. Reading is supposed to take us away from the stress of our lives and treat us to a few moments of escape and happy endings. I hope all of my books succeed in providing this.
8. What is your writing process?
I have to have complete silence and plenty of light to write. My creative side requires total concentration and absolutely no multitasking. I have a lounger in the family room and a recliner in the bonus room, depending on where the family is—both allow me to put my feet up and relax with my laptop. Once I’m finished with a manuscript and start the editing process, I can simultaneously watch a football game, sitcom, and handle music and noise. I guess it’s just a different part of my brain.
9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?
Spring’s Surprise is under contract and expected to release in March or April of 2013. Summer’s Family Affair and Fall’s Redeeming Grace will conclude the Music City Hearts series.
I also have a stand-alone book called Sweet Tooth that I’m working on. Angela Preston is a single mother, struggling to make ends-meet with a bakery and catering business. When her car is totaled by a local delivery truck, she meets Lance Stone, whom she assumes is the driver’s regional manager. He eats lunch at her diner several days in a row before she finally agrees to a date. Only after she’s given him her heart does she realize he’s the CEO of the company who’s planning to tear down the blind school her son attends.
10. How can readers connect with you?
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About the Book:
Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?
Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.
After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.
Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.