Cyndi Ray is from the romantic Pocono Mountains but she loves to write about the land of paradise in the Florida Keys. When ever she is there, she comes up with new characters and stories that she can’t wait to write about. The keys are filled with love, romance, moonlit nights and full moons that are so much more vivid than any place else.
Cyndi loves to ride motorcycle, take long walks on moonlit nights and keep romance a big part of her life no matter how complicated or busy it gets. She believes in taking the time to tell your loved one how much they mean. It doesn’t matter what you do or how hard you work, take time for romance and light up someone’s world.
What inspires you to write?
From the time I was in elementary school, I had a deep desire to share stories to the world. Reading stories like Little House on the Prairie and detective novels like Nancy Drew took me to a world of fun and inspiring characters that could conquer almost anything. I loved reading about heroines in romance novels who beat the odds. I would say my love for reading led me to believe that everyone has something to say. I love taking my readers to a world where they can forget about everyday worries for awhile.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always thought that it would make my life much easier if I planned everything out first. Then I found out that my stories start to create themselves. As I get in to each character, I realize even though I have a basic idea where we are going, my itinerary flies right out the window and they make up their own rules and become much stronger than I imagined.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. I listen to where they want to go with their story. I lose all control once they have decided to write their own version. Like I was saying, most of the time the story line takes a turn that I never planned.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write. Every day. It’s good advice, so don’t take it lightly. When I was writing Nothing Waits Forever, the 2nd book of the Florida Keys Series, I got stuck for about two weeks. I couldn’t write, I couldn’t move on from the story line or come up with anything to say. It was as if both characters in the story just died. I didn’t know why.
I realized that I hadn’t been writing every single day. I was working around my part time job and on the days I had to go out to work, I didn’t write. That became a huge mistake because it kept me from being creative each day. I finally decided to make time each morning, even on the days I worked and it paid off. I started getting excited and couldn’t wait to write more. Before I knew it, my book was almost complete.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
A dear friend of mine talked me into it. If you have one friend who tries to encourage your writing, listen to them. Most times they see something that you won’t see. I tried the traditional publishing to get rejected many times and also came close to being published, but then life happened. With Amazon’s self publishing, it’s the perfect tool for self publishing writers. I love it!
I am a new author. I would encourage all new writer’s to explore self publishing. It’s a great tool, no matter which way you decide to go.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know. I think there will always be those who prefer to have a publishing house do the things that they do. There are some writer’s who prefer to leave the publishing part to the experts. But, I think there are more and more authors today who want to have the final say with their product and are learning how to publish themselves. Either way, it’s great to have more than one way.
What genres do you write?
Romance, contemporary romance
What formats are your books in?