I’ve decided to change things up a bit on today’s blog and interview our special KAREN’S KILLER BOOK BENCH author for Wednesday. Please help me welcome multi-published, SciFi & historical author, Cynthia Woolf!
1. How did you get started writing?
I wrote my first story when I was about ten. It was a romance about me and a little boy Iliked. I also wrote some very depressing poetry. I decided that poetry was not for me and stuck to romance.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write historical western romance and sci-fi romance. I write in these genre’s because they are the ones whose stories reached out to me. The western, Tame A Wild Heart, was the first book I wrote and was inspired by my parents’ love story. It’s set on the same ranch that they met on in 1941. My book is set in 1885, so it’s not their love story. My dad was a cowboy and trapper but to the best of my knowledge was never a bounty hunter.
The sci-fi series was done because of dreams I had when I was a teenager. I knew I was a princess from Alpha Centauri. There was no way I could belong to the crazy family I had. Of course, I adore that crazy family now.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part is what I call the ‘puking’ phase. Just getting it all down on paper for the first time. You just let if flow out of you, not caring, for the moment, if it is good or bad.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing is my least favorite. I’m constantly questioning myself and my work. Changing it, correcting it, putting it back to what it was and starting it all again. It’s never good enough for me.
5. How much time do you spend promoting your books? What works best for you?
I spend a lot of time promoting my books. A minimum of two hours per day. Usually more but it is in 15 or 20 minute increments throughout the day, not in one big chunk. Between Facebook, Twitter, blogging, putting announcements on loops, etc, I spend a lot of time doing it. So far, blogging seems to get me the biggest bump in my sales.
6. How has your experience been with self-publishing?
My experience has been wonderful. I highly recommend it for everyone out there who doesn’t want to be constrained by the “big” traditional publisher. For everyone who wants to write from their heart and not according to the industry rules and constraints, self publishing is the only way to go.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I have ideas from everywhere. My sci-fi series is from my dreams as a teenager. My western was inspired by my parents’ own meeting and love story. I place Tame A Wild Heart about 60 years earlier than when my parents met but the setting on a ranch is the same. My dad was a real cowboy and my mom was what we would call a nanny now. They were called nursemaids then.
8. What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?
Go for it. It’s a wild ride but totally worth it.
Here are just a few of Cynthia’s books:
TAME A WILD HEART from Amazon http://amzn.to/uEoTO0
CENTAURI DAWN from Amazon http://amzn.to/uwGgHo
CENTAURI TWILIGHT from Amazon http://amzn.to/t3Um6q
Be sure to come back on Wednesday for KAREN’S KILLER BOOK BENCH when Cynthia will provide an excerpt from the first book in her Sci-Fi series, CENTAURI DAWN!