Hey everyone! It's Wednesday Wonder Writer day and today I have Super Cindy Spencer Pape joining me on the blog. Now I've never seen her in a cape--I have seen her in wings--but I'm sure after reading her interview, you'll agree with me that she should be classified as a super heroine. Without further ado...the interview:
Cindy, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.
Typical? What’s that? Okay, on most weekdays, I get up early, shove the dh and youngest son out the door, check my email, blogs, etc., and go back to bed. Then I get up at 9 or 10 and write until everyone comes home again. Or…I sit at my computer, tell myself I’m writing, and do email, promo, Facebook, or anything else that doesn’t actually count as writing.
Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?
Nope. There’s usually Diet Coke at hand and some kind of music. That’s about it.
What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?
All over the place, absolutely. All depends on life, the way the book(s) is(are) going, and a zillion other variables.
What are you working on now?
Too many things—though this is normal for me. 1) Steampunk/Gaslight Fantasy novel…no idea where this one is going yet. 2) Eagle’s Redemption: part of a trilogy for Ellora’s Cave with Regina Carlysle and Desiree Holt, that SHOULD be done by the time this interview is posted. 3) Second book in my historical series for EC 4) Second book in my Detroit Fae series for Carina Press 5) Pride of the Panther, book 3 in my Guardians series for TEB.
For those who don’t recognize the term, can you explain what Steampunk is?
Steampunk is a fun up and coming genre, based on the premise that computers were invented in the 1850s, hence in the age of steam power rather than electricity. You get the feel of Victoriana, but with fun toys like robots and zeppelins and anything else you can imagine mixing in.
You have a lot of books in the works. Generally, how many do you usually have out per year?
It varies a lot depending on length. In the last couple years, it’s averaged about 10-12.
What’s your favorite genre to write?
Mainly paranormal, though I’m having a lot of fun with historical right now…also intrigued by combining the two.
I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?
In addition to my romance addiction, I read some mystery and fantasy, and a wee bit of SF [sci-fi]. Within romance, I like paranormal, historical, and romantic suspense. Mostly HOT, but occasionally not so much.
Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?
Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.
Huh. Hard to say. Somewhere in the 90s I was bored and decided to make a serious stab at writing a novel. In 2000 I finished, and submitted said (really horrible) novel, and in 2001, I joined RWA, which is about when I decided to really consider myself an aspiring author. First actual sale didn’t come until 2006, but then I sold to three different publishers within three months, so it’s been pretty much full-steam-ahead since then.
What did you do/how did you react when you made your first sale? Which publisher was the first to accept your work?
My first sale was to the now-defunct Triskelion Publishing. I screamed when I read the email. My kids came running upstairs to see what was wrong. My husband, who was on a business call at the time, said to his contact, “Well, I’m guessing my wife just sold a book.”
How many books have you had published and for whom?
You asked, remember that: Sales so far = 32
Wild Rose Press: 7 (5 western, 1 modern paranormal, 1 historical paranormal)
Resplendence Publishing: 1 (erotic romance short story in an anthology)
Total-E-Bound: 4 (erotic paranormal, including 1 m/m by my alter-ego, Cian Fey)
Cerridwen Press: 1 (paranormal)
Ellora’s Cave: 17 plus 1 pending release. (15 paranormal erotic romances, two erotic historical romances)
Carina Press: 1 paranormal romance, pending launch date this summer
What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?
At the time of this posting, I **think** my newest release should be “Awakening Augusta,” the first of a historical erotic romance series for Ellora’s Cave. How did I get the idea? I honestly have no idea. I just like to play with different genres and wanted to have some historical fun. [On side note, Cindy found out Tuesday that her book Dani's Demons will be released February 5 from Ellora's Cave.]
Blurb: Regency Scotland can be a lonely place, but Augusta MacLeish has four mischievous younger siblings for company—now if she only had money to feed them! Colin Fordyce has recently inherited an earldom, along with five wards in a remote Scottish castle. When he travels up there, he discovers his predecessor was skimming their funds. He also learns the oldest Miss MacLeish is absolutely stunning. A knock to his head leaves him seeing two of the buxom beauty, just as one kiss from her tempting lips leaves him longing for more. A night spent together forces Colin and Augusta to marry, leaving them all the opportunity in the world to explore the sexual hunger between them. Colin delights in teaching Augusta all the pleasures of the flesh, awakening the wanton lover beneath her ladylike veneer. From Scotland to London, the flames burning between them refuse to be doused, and oh how they will set the Ton on fire.
What’s your writing space like?
There is no such thing in my house. Mostly I write at the kitchen table, occasionally on the couch or in the summer, on the back deck, if I can get the umbrella to shade the screen just right.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read. Hang out with other writers as much as possible. Play silly games online and pretend I’m working.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?
I’m really excited about the Carina Press launch later this summer and to have been one of the very first authors they acquired. I’ve been trying to find just the right home for my series set in Detroit for quite a long time.
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke, preferably with lime. LOTS of Diet Coke.
Bronte or Austen? Charlotte Bronte, yes, Emily Bronte, no. Jane Austen, BIG yes.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Which series or episodes? Liked Next Gen okay, didn’t and DS-9, not so much the other series. Star Wars the originals, yes. The new ones…ewwwwwww!
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Say what? Oh. That Twilight thing. Shudder.
McDonalds or Burger King? Mickey’s still has the best French fries. Sigh. Shouldn’t do either.
Where can readers find you?
Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cspapenewsgroup/