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Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome Author Cindy Spencer Pape

1. Where do you hail from? What do you love most about your hometown? I’m from the suburbs of Detroit, and I do love the can-do spirit of the region. It’s a real melting pot, since the 1920s when people came from all over the world to work in the automotive industry. Detroit’s been through some rough times since then, but I think there’s enough will and wisdom here to bring it back, to a different kind of glory.

2. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career? I never did figure that out until I started to write. My degrees are in the sciences, so I’m not exactly using them now, though the research skills can certainly help out.

3. What do you do for fun? Read. Play board games. Hang out with friends and family.

4. How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing? I come from a very average, middle-class background and I think it gives me a love for putting normal people in extraordinary situations.

5. Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it? My latest release is Steam & Sorcery from Carina Press. I LOVE the idea of steampunk, mixing Victorian society with technology, and in this case fantasy. Next up in April is a novella from the same world, called Photographs & Phantoms, which is a free download from Carina Press. It’s up now for pre-order. I’m finishing up a novella now for Ellora’s Cave, the fourth in my Holiday Hearts series, which will hopefully be out this summer.

6. How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? I’m horrible at titles. Mostly I rely on help from my friends or editors.

7. Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work? Hmmm. Not much, as far as I know. Probably subconsciously.

8. How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy? Bits and pieces of real life sneak in. Something funny that happened to me or a friend, something clever someone said. Most of it, though, is pure imagination.

9. Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing? Keeping going through the rough spots. We don’t always have someone checking our word count every day, saying, good job. So sometimes, if you’re behind, or you get a rejection or bad reviews, it can be easy to get depressed. But not writing is the worst thing to do!

10. What advice would you give to writers just starting out? Don’t quit. Seriously, if you’re meant to do this, do it. Keep writing, keep submitting. Keep honing your craft and trying again.

11. Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it? Whine. Sulk. Beat myself up. Then force myself back in the chair, tell myself to suck it up and write.

13. How did you deal with rejection letters? Whine loudly to my family and crit partners. Then move on and think, “Okay, where ELSE can I send this?

14. What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers? In this day and age, a good computer and internet connection. A wild imagination helps too!

15. Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content? I write erotic romance some of the time, so there is no line. In other books, it’s whatever fits the mood of the book or the tone of the characters.

16. Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas? Absolutely. You end up looking up the weirdest things. I have a big pile of Chinese mythology I’m sifting through now for a future project.

17. What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research? Googling pictures of penises. My umm—up close and personal experience is somewhat limited, so I wanted to get a good grasp of the variations for writing erotic romance. I also researched a ton about the history of condoms. The resulting article is floating around online in a few spots.

18. Where can we find you on the net?

Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com

Blog: http://cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com/

Newsletter group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cspapenewsgroup/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CindySPape

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cindy-Spencer-Pape-Books/102207923194253

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/cindyspencerpape

19. Where can we find out more about your books?

Buy Link for Ellora’s Cave:


Buy Link for Cerridwen Press:


Buy Link for The Wild Rose Press:


Buy Link for Total-E-Bound: http://www.total-e-bound.com/authordetail.asp?s=ylX56p393777&A_ID=73#booklist

Buy Link for Cian Fey: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?s=eY7v4p668104&strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=401

Carina Press:



Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thanks so much for having me here today!

Anonymous said...

Great interview, ladies!

I'm off to Carina. So cool.

Happy birthday!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thanks, Taylor!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...
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anny cook said...

Heh! Great interview! Yeah, isn't it the worst when you get a rejection? But we persevere!

Good job!

Desiree Holt said...

Cindy, you now I love your writing. Your have such a great style. And what a great interview!

Nicole North said...

Wonderful interview! I loved Steam & Sorcery! I look forward to reading the next installment.

Julia Barrett said...

Nice, Cindy and happy birthday!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Anny, it's supporting each other that keeps us going, I think. Desiree, thank you so much, that's quite an honor coming from someone as awesome as you. Nicole, I'm SOOOO glad you loved S&S, and Julia, thank you!

Marianne Evans said...

Great post, Cindy! Love learning more about you and your books -- MY but you're productive!! :-) Keep up the great work.

Marianne Stephens said...

Some very different questions and answers. Chinese mythology? Sounds like you've got a unique story plot forming in your head.
Happy Birthday!

Katalina Leon said...

I loved this interview! Happy belated birthday Cindy, and best wishes to you on a great year to come.