Cynthianna has published both contemporary romances and fantasy romantic-comedies. She also writes sf/paranormal erotic-romance under the pen name of Celine Chatillon. Her screwball science fiction/fantasy romance, Loving Who, is available in both print and e-formats at Mojocastle Press. You can read excerpts from her novels at her web sites: http://www.cynthianna.com and http://www.celinechatillon.com . She is also a freelance editor and has written the EPIC nominated self-help guide, “Defeating the Slushpile Monster”, available through Amazon. More about her non-fiction and editorial services at http://www.cindyamatthews.com .
Cindy grew up watching Star Trek and reading the science fiction classics and Harlequin romances by the bushel. Somewhere along the line she became an ardent Doctor Who fan, and figured it was just as fun to write stories as it was to read them. She is happily married to the multi-talented artist and fellow author A. J. Matthews. They enjoy attending historic re-enactments and science fiction cons and chatting with friendly folk.
What inspires you to write?
Just about anything! I’m an eclectic reader and enjoy learning about new people, places, and things. A short comment or remark I hear on the radio or in a conversation can get me thinking, “What if…?” Life is full of inspiration!
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not sure if I have a “process”. I generally get an idea and dream about it and mull it over for a while. I think of the main characters and their motivations and backgrounds, and sometimes I do write a character sketch. Once I can’t get past putting it off any longer, I sit down and write the first scene. It’s usually what I have in my head the longest, and it needs to come out before anything else. Once it’s written, the rest of the story generally spills out onto the screen.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course! They talk to you all the time and can keep you awake at night if you let them. Isn’t this true of all fiction writers?
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up! You will suffer a lot of rejection, but stay true to yourself and your vision. Find others who are supportive and ask for their help. Don’t reject it!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was a member of a large writer’s organization and took their advice and suggestions on publishers to approach or avoid at first. It’s good to ask other writers who they recommend, because it can save you a lot of heartache and frustration later.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope it continues to expand for small presses. They reach niche markets of readers that the big NYC publishers tend to ignore.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
science fiction, fantasy, romance, romantic-comedy, contemporary romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print