Interview with Cynthia Gail, author of ‘Winter’s Magic’ + $50 Visa Card/eBook & Swag Giveaway
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our teenage son and three dogs. Life is busy, but when I have free time, I love to read. A math/science girl at heart and a retail analyst by trade, I never thought I’d be writing romance. But one day, a story popped into my head and I had to write it down. The fantasy, escape, and wonder of just reading multiplied by ten-fold and I couldn’t stop my fingers from typing my own fairy tales.
I hope you enjoy my stories. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.
Cynthia’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Winter’s Magic (Book 1 in the Music City Hearts series).
Visit her website at www.Cynthiagail.com.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Cynthia! Can you tell us where you are from?
I grew up in Missouri, moved to Kentucky during my high school years, and now my family lives in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
Winter’s Magic was originally called Raising the Bar, a reflection of the opening scene between two co-workers, and a title I simply loved. After signing my publishing contract, I started looking at the bigger picture and decided a name change was necessary to brand the series more effectively. I came up with a list of words that I felt described the book—from there, the four seasons came to mind and fit with the timing and theme of the whole group. Spring’s Surprise, Summer’s Family Affair and Fall’s Redeeming Grace are planned for 2013.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
We are so fortunate to have Rae Monet as the graphic artist who designs all Soul Mate Publishing covers. She provides us with a questionnaire that we use to describe our vision for the artwork. The cover for Winter’s Magic depicts a scene in the book where Beth and Nick are attending the Country Club Christmas Ball. They’ve been dating for several weeks, but it’s their first official appearance at a society event.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
Winter’s Magic is a fun, fast read. (One of my beta readers read it in a single setting.) There are parts that will make you laugh, while others make your heart squeeze. A few surprises. Steamy love scenes. It’s the perfect book to grab a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and curl up with during the holiday season.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Each of the books in this series touch on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
This is such a hard question because there are so many scenes that I could call my favorite. Chapter One I love because it’s the first meet and chemistry flies between them immediately. Chapter Two gives us a glimpse into Nick as a person. His soft heart and family values. Chapter Ten shows Nick loosening up a bit from his starched, formal personality. He’s spontaneous in ways you’ll have to read to find out.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
The second book in my Music City Hearts series, Spring’s Surprise, was actually the first book I wrote. When I had it edited, it was suggested that I write a book just for Beth. The moment the words sunk in, I knew I had to tell her story. She’s such a wonderful person, with a strong personality and giving spirit. Both she and Nick overcome a lot of personal tragedy and find healing and peace in each other.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
They’re buried so deep, I’m not sure if I even know them anymore.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’m dying to go to Europe. I haven’t even traveled within the U.S. very much, but I want to go to England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. I’d like to spend an entire month experiencing the various cultures and visiting all of the sites we only get to see in pictures. I also want to go to Canada and Alaska. I have several author friends who live in these areas and I just can’t wait to visit for myself.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely a night person. I get my second wind about nine o’clock at night and can easily work until midnight, then hit the snooze two-three times in the morning.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
Not that I’m aware of.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
I was an amateur—nothing close to the dreamer I am now.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
To hit the New York Times list, allowing me to make a living writing full time. And to have someone do my housecleaning. Oops, that’s two …
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thank you for having me. My tour has been a great experience. I’m glad I had the opportunity to be here with you today. Merry Christmas.
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