About Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld:
I was born in the middle of a snowstorm in Portland, Maine. I live and work here still and love living in Maine because of the amazing amount of artists and writers that you can find in any given area. Maybe it is the beautiful landscapes that surround us that inspire us. I like to read and write YA, but I also enjoy writing and reading Middle Grade fiction as well. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Holly Black, Peter Straub, and Brandon Mull. They are all writers who think “outside the box” and I like to believe that I do so as well!
What inspires you to write?
I love reading YA. I find it to be a really fresh perspective in an adult world of books that are often formulaic and boring: mysteries, horror, suspense or even romance. YA novelists seem to realize that the sky is the limit with any genre within YA and I like to think that I do the same. I have lots of ideas that come to me and I like to work them out in print, using compelling character-driven stories to get my ideas across. I hope you enjoy my book(s) as much as I have enjoyed writing them!
Tell us about your writing process.
I often get the kernel of an idea from just thinking something like, “I wonder what it would be like to actually be a genie who had lived for thousands of years?” Over a period of days to weeks, I expand the idea into a rough plot or outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I know that I have a good story to write when I begin hearing my characters talk. They’re not usually talking to ME as per say, but just narrating the story for me in my mind. I hear tantalizing little bits of my stories from them and know that I need to start writing!
What advice would you give other writers?
Read a lot of the type of writing or genre that you want to write in. It’s so important to know how other writers do it, whether or not you break any “rules” along the way. Above all though, just read a LOT.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I really wanted to have a larger audience reading my writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think e-book publishing is the way we are moving. When novelists like Cornelia Funke begin e-pub, it is a sign of the times. Authors aren’t held back by as many of the rules and regulations of regular publishing in e-pub. I think we will see even more of an e-pub explosion in the coming years.
What genres do you write?: YA, Middle Grade, horror, mystery, suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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