Today I’m interviewing a fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Cynthia Gail. Her new contemporary romance, Summer’s Family Affair, has been out for a week. Cynthia touches base with The Lit Ladies to talk a little shop and then I’ll have info below for how to check out her new book.
LL: Welcome to the Lit Ladies blog, Cynthia. The Lit Ladies began as a group of five women in a critique group who wanted to write their truths into fiction. Do you write your truth into fiction and how so? Or if everything you write is created by your imagination, where do you get your inspiration?
Cynthia: I think every writer puts some of their own truths into their books. Not all at once, but it’s still there. I’ve had a lot of different experiences throughout my life – I moved several times during high school, lived in metropolitan areas as well as small towns (population of 1,000). I’ve been popular with more friends than I can count and I’ve experienced being the newbie in town and feeling all alone. When I’m creating characters, I draw on some of my own experiences to ‘feel’ what my character is going through so I can describe and show the reader more effectively.
LL: What started you on your writing journey?
Cynthia: I’m not the typical “I’ve been writing since I was 10” author. I read a lot of Nancy Drew in grade school, but quit reading altogether by the time I was twelve. I never liked English or Literature class. I was almost thirty when I started reading again – started with mystery and eventually moved on to romance. At the risk of sounding like the whole thing was an epiphany, I truly woke up one morning with the start of a story in my head. Sara’s from Spring’s Surprise. Every few days I would wake up with a little more of the story. So I eventually couldn’t stand it and had to write it down. Every time I got stuck, I’d set it aside and wait. Within a few days I would have new ideas and details running through my thoughts.
LL: It’s nice to have that wellspring of inspiration; we have to trust in that as writers. Tell us about your new book, Summer’s Family Affair.
Cynthia: I love the hero and heroine in this book. Jenny grew up with very little; her widowed mother struggled to make ends meet. But Jenny didn’t let that stop her. She pulled on her big-girl panties, put herself through college and didn’t allow anything to get in her way of becoming successful. All-the-while, maintaining her integrity and self-confidence. She’s a good girl.
Craig is just a genuine. His wife passed away when their son was only four. He’s a family guy trying to manage an architectural career while being both a mom and a dad to his son.
Almost anyone can relate to these two characters, their circumstances, and the challenges that come with their relationship.
LL: Could you walk us through a day in your writing life? How do you write a new novel, market the latest one, and raise a teenage son?
Cynthia: I would love to have a typical day, but there’s nothing regular about my schedule. I have a day-job Monday through Friday that includes a lot of travel. When I’m in editing or marketing mode, I’ll stay up late during the week, but I’ve found that my creative side loses its luster by seven or eight pm. So I usually do all of my fresh writing on the weekends while my husband is mowing the grass, washing the cars, or watching sports on TV. My son is in college now, but when I first started writing he was still in high school. I was a football and baseball mom and took my laptop to tournaments and out of town games so I could work on new scenes in between games or in the car as we traveled. Outlining before I start a new novel has been a life-saver for me. It allows me to see the whole picture, even if the path changes during the process, so that I can take advantage of small snippets of time when one comes available.
LL: I decided to do an outline for my newest work-in-progress and it gives it so much focus and direction. Thanks so much for sharing about yourself and your new book today, Cynthia. Anything you would like to add?
Cynthia: I hope everyone enjoys Summer’s Family Affair. It was a lot of fun to write a book where I was able to include so many of Nashville’s unique elements. I love feedback, so please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media links below.
Thank you for having me!
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our 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.
Click here to check out Summer’s Family Affair on Amazon.