My guest today is author Cynthia Eden.
Welcome Cynthia, let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself including where you are from?
I’m from the Alabama Gulf Coast. I love snorkeling, horror movies, and chocolate. 😉 Here’s my “official” bio:
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.
Can you tell us about your books and how they got started?
I’d like to talk about my next romantic suspense, TORN. TORN is part of my “LOST” series (Last Option Search Team). The agents of LOST search for the missing, the people that law enforcement agencies have given up hope of ever finding. For families, “LOST” is truly their last option.
I got the idea for this series because I read that over 80,000 people are currently missing in the U.S. (this number comes from the USA Today). I wondered…what happens after one year, two years, TEN years pass…and the missing aren’t found? What happens to the victims and what happens to the families? From these questions, well, my LOST romantic suspense books were created.
What is your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I write Monday through Friday, generally aiming to reach 6000 words a day. When I first started writing, there was no way I could get down that many words in a day. But my writing schedule has changed over the years (I feel like a learn a great deal with each new book), and now the 6k a day is the current output that I feel comfortable writing.
How do you cope with writer’s block?
Whenever I feel blocked, I think the problem is with the scene that I am writing. Quite simply, it’s the wrong scene. So I switch things up. I try a different character’s POV. If that doesn’t work, then I will just try an entirely different scene. When I’m blocked, I think that is my mind’s way of telling me that what I’m doing with the story, well, it’s not working. So I have to shake things up.
You have told us about what you like to write, but to relax what do you like to read?
Romance novels are always my #1 reading choice. I’m completely addicted to happy endings. I need those endings to get through real life! I love paranormal romances, romantic suspenses, and sci-fi romances. I will also read horror novels and lots and lots of non-fiction research books.
Lastly, can you tell us what the hardest part of being an author is?
Unplugging. It is very, very hard for me to STOP writing. Late at night, I’ll find myself wanting to sneak back down to my computer so that I can get a few more pages written. If I didn’t watch myself, I’d slip away and spend far too much time engrossed in my books. Last week, I wrote for over 60 hours. I don’t like to do that–I’m not sure that’s healthy! I like to have more balance and spend more time with my family. So achieving that balance–that’s the hardest part for me.
Thanks for being my guest today and good luck with future books.