Thursday, July 4, 2013

Authorsday: Cynthia Woolf

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I never intended to be a writer. When I started writing as more than a hobby, it was very hard to make a living as a writer. You always had to have another job. With the advent of indie self publishing the whole world has been opened up to you. Anyone can buy your book from just about anywhere in the world. I have readers in Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Australia and many other places that would have been unavailable to me before.

2. How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first story at the age of ten. I started writing in earnest as more than a hobby in 1990. I didn’t publish until 2011

3. How did you pick the genre you write in?

I write in two genres, historical western romance and scifi romance. The genre’s picked me. I’d always loved western romance. Then my mother told me the story of how she and Dad met on a ranch in southern Colorado. It fired my imagination and Tame A Wild Heart was born.

The scifi series started as a dream I had when I was a teenager. Like all teenagers, I thought sure I was adopted because I just couldn’t belong to the crazy family I had. I dreamed I was a princess from Alpha Centauri and someday my real family would come back for me. That’s how Centauri Dawn was born.

4. Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?

I’m a definite pantzer. I’ve taken all kinds of classes on plotting and none of them have clicked for me. No matter how much I try, I can’t write the story from a plot outline. I have the beginning and end of each story in my head when I start. I have some of the middle but not all. This causes me to have a ‘sagging middle’ which is something that most pantzers suffer from when they write. But we come out of it and end up with great stories that are as fresh to us as they are to you.

5. What was the name of the first novel you wrote? Did you try to publish it?

My first novel is Tame A Wild Heart and I did publish it. It was the second book I published.

6. If you could ask your readers one question, what would it be?

I would ask them what they liked least about the story.

7. What authors do you admire?

A few of my favorite authors are Johanna Lindsey, Jill Barnett, and Julie Garwood

8. What three things would you want with you on a desert island?

My kindle fire, an unlimited power source for it and my husband

9. What is your favorite word?

My favorite word is ‘can’ because I can do anything I set my mind to.

10. What place that you haven’t visited would you like to go?

I would love to go to Great Britan and visit all the countries it encompasses. Scotland and England especially.

Author Bio

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

She was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her critique partners for saving her sanity, allowing her to explore her creativity

Book Blurb

Rosie Stanton climbed on a west-bound train to answer his ad for a wife and mother, everything she wants to be. But Tom Harris lied. He doesn't want a wife, merely a mother for his two abandoned children and a cook and cleaner for his ranch. Betrayed once, he's vowed never to let another woman into his heart. Sexy Rosie upsets all his plans and threatens to invade his scarred heart. How will he maintain his vow to keep his hands off her as she charms his children, his cow hands, his life?


Cynthia Woolf said...

Thanks for having me Chris.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Enjoyed the interview, Cynthia and Chris. I'm a pantster too! Hope you manage over to the UK one day, Cynthia (I live in Scotland)!

Callie Hutton said...

Wonderful interview and the book sounds great. Best of luck with it, Cindy.

Mary Marvella said...

Cynthia, you and Chris do a great interview! Love your answers and your cover!

Gerri Bowen said...

Love your blurb, Cynthia.

Lani said...

Oh,yes, this was a great interview! I can't wait to read this book!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Great interview, Cindy!

Unknown said...

Book looks great, Cindy! Nice interview!

Unknown said...

Lovely interview, Cindy. I'm a pantzer too. You sure know how to write a great Western romance and I'm looking forward to reading the new one. Congratulations, may it bring you lots of sales and exposure!

Jean Lamb said...

Nice interview! I'm an outliner myself, but can throw it into a cocked hat anytime I feel like it. Honest.

I love your covers.

Sylvia said...

Love the interview. I admire anyone who is a pantzer and of course I love western romances.

Sylvia McDaniel

Lana Williams said...

Cynthia - love your favorite word, "can"! That's awesome! This looks like a wonderful book! Congrats!