BIO: Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes paranormal romances and romantic suspense novels. She is currently very busy writing her stories for Grand Central Publishing and Kensington Brava. She has always wanted to write, and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories. Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology and Communication. Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. Other titles include: Eternal Hunter, Midnight Sins, and Hotter After Midnight, with Deadly Lies and Deadly Heat as part of this series coming out next year.
Thanks for being here, Cynthia. It’s a pleasure.
Hi, Kelly! Thanks for interviewing me!
#1- Tell us a little about yourself outside of your writing career…
Sure—I’m a mom, a southern girl, and a horror movie fan. And I’m highly addicted to chocolate.
#2- For your latest release, Deadly Fear, a romantic suspense, the heroine profiles serial killers. How hard is it for you to write something so dark, and where does the inspiration stem from?
I’ve been told before that I look deceptively nice—too nice for someone who kills in my books. But see, I’ve generally maintain that appearances are too misleading. For me, I’ve always been drawn to darker stories. When I was a kid, I’d stay up late watching scary movies. I love the rush of fear that comes from scary shows—or scary stories.
The inspiration for my books comes from my love of those frightening movies. Psychological terror has always scared me more than gore, and when I write, I try to let those psychological aspects slip into my work.
#3- As you know, I reviewed your title Deadly Fear and loved it. But how do you handle the negative reviews and critiques you receive?
First, thank you for reviewing my work—I appreciate that!
As far as negative reviews are concerned, well, not every person is going to love my work. The beauty of this world is that it is composed of tons of people—people who have different opinions. So when I get a review that is negative, I just accept that review as someone’s opinion. I believe in my work. I don’t let that review distract me from my job of writing. And I move on.
#4- If you could wish for anything in the world related to your author career, what would it be any why?
I would wish for longer days so that I could have more time to write! I’ve got so many stories that I would love to tell, and I just don’t have enough time! More time, please!
#5- Assuming you get any time to read, what authors do you like to read, and were there any books that stand out from your childhood as favorites?
Since I started writing full-time, my reading time has dramatically decreased—and I find that to be so sad! I do try to squeeze in books though, if only to stay sane. I love to read Larisa Ione, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Shannon McKenna, and Sherrilyn Kenyon (and about 20 more that are my “faves”).
As a child, I loved Christopher Pike’s REMEMBER ME. A girl came back from the dead in order to solve her own murder in REMEMBER ME. The book was a powerful paranormal tale that immediately made an impression on me.
#6- Are there any upcoming releases we would like to know about, and could you give us your web site so readers can check it out?
I’m happy to say that I have a busy release schedule for the next few months. DEADLY FEAR will release on 7/27/10, and then in September, my paranormal anthology, BELONG TO THE NIGHT, will be re-released in mass market form. The very next month (October 2010), I will be in the holiday anthology titled, THE NAUGHTY LIST, and in November of 2010, the third book in my paranormal bounty hunter series, ETERNAL FLAME, will be released. Busy!! But busy is good.
Readers are welcome to visit my site for more information: www.cynthiaeden.com
#7- This about concludes it. Thank you again for joining us. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you very much for interviewing me and for reviewing my book.