How old were you when you first realized you wanted to write?I remember I was ten years old. I’d been writing poetry, and I was crazy in love with the paper boy. Every night before I went to bed I’d dream up all sorts of scenarios where we’d grow up and get married and have like five kids and live happily ever aver. My plotting abilities were formed back them.
Tell us a little bit about the book.Novice witch Miranda Rose is completing her seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council in order to become a high which. Tasked to find the Philosopher’s Stone, she travels to Merry Olde England in 1877 to confront the wizard who is holding it for evil purposes. This is where she runs into the very handsome Duke of Pellamshire, Maxwell Chadwick. Because she’s afflicted with the 7 year witch disease, she must make love with the duke seven times in order to break the spell so she can continue on with her mission. Magical sparks fly!
What made you choose this genre?I started out writing romance and this is where my true writing roots come from. I wrote all kinds of romance in the beginning; contemporary, historical, time-travel, paranormal—you name it. I sold none of it.
Most authors have an unusual story or way that they come up with their ideas for books…Do you have one?’ve had all kinds of experiences that help me determine what my story plots will be. For 7 Year Witch, I had a dream about seven beautiful witch sisters, and it just really intrigued me. I couldn’t let go of it. Since I’m the youngest of four sisters, I naturally started with the youngest one of the Rose sisters, Miranda, and developed her story.
What is the key element in your character creation?My main characters must have a problem that seriously needs resolving, but they aren’t completely dramatic and hysterical about it. They look at it pragmatically, then begin the story trying to take care of the issue. Because I adore humor, my characters typically have some fun while trying to deal with troubles, though they always get down to business and take care of things. I give them emotional and physical attributes as well as quirky habits, just like real people. In one of my books, my main character develops severe hiccoughs when she’s anxious, and sometimes that makes for some tense situations, especially when she’s being chased by the bad guy. In 7 Year Witch, since Miranda is the youngest sibling, she deals with emotional issues of how she believes her older sisters got all attention from her parents. She is constantly trying to measure up to their accomplishments and tries to be as successful as she perceives her sisters are.
What was your biggest influence that steered you towards writing?
I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?The first words of a book, including the first line and the first paragraph and the first page are the most difficult for me to agree with myself on. So much rides on that initial hook to draw in the reader, whether it’s an editor, an agent or whoever. I sweat blood and tears making it absolutely the best it can be. I work just as hard throughout the rest of the book to make it polished, but seriously, I’ve tossed out a lot of beginnings of books in my lifetime. Once I get past that, I’m good to go throughout the rest of the manuscript.
Are sex scenes difficult for you to word?Actually, they aren’t all that difficult for me since the first writing group I belonged to was a Romance Writers of America chapter. I cut my teeth on writing romance and developing solid, but entertaining sex scenes. There’s a fair amount of logistical maneuvering that must be incorporated, as well as excellent word choice. That’s where a writer needs to experiment with language in order to find appropriate descriptions for the action. I like to make it somewhat poetic and flowing, as well as anatomically correct. Also, for Pete’s sake, we all want to have fun with sex! Check out the vanilla pudding scene in 7 Year Witch, for example. In the words of my publisher, it is ooh, la, la!
Do you see yourself writing in another genre?Lordy, I have written in so many genres it makes my head spin. Not all of these books have been published, of course, but it’s given me a good overview of different genres and has taught me specifics about my writing abilities. I’ve written fantasy science fiction, historical fiction, and I have three mystery novels published. Amazingly, after all those years of writing romance and selling nothing, I finally had success when I penned some lighthearted, cozy mysteries. I love, love, love those books, too! I also tried my hand at a darker, more suspenseful mystery with a serial killer in it, but I scared the blankety-blank out of myself, so I finally let it go. It’s still on a jump drive, lurking like a criminal in hiding. I take it out from time to time and peek at it. I think it’s good, but I can’t seem to handle writing about that killer guy. He’s pretty awful.
Has your family been supportive?First husband was oh, so jealous. I’m sure he would never admit it, but I’m pretty certain that was a big problem for him, and I think he feared I might succeed at writing. He always had to be the big kahuna, you know? That’s not why we divorced, but once I dumped those 250 pounds of abusive jerk along the wayside, my writing began to soar. As far as my kids are concerned, they’re like, “Yah, so what mom. You’re a writer. Big whoop.” My current husband is very supportive and doesn’t mind that I get up at 4 a.m. to write each day before work. My sister, Shauna, is my rock. She reads my work, offers great suggestions and gives me awesome encouragement.
Are any of your characters reflective of you?
What do you like to do when you're not writing?I love to read novels my writer friends have written, as well as magazines. I’m a magazine-a-holic, and I like them in my hands, not on a computer screen. Very un-green, but I like to read in the bath tub, and I seriously do not want to ruin one of those expensive electronic e-readers. I also love to keep my house clean, do occasional hobbies like crocheting, love to attend garage sales always looking for antiques, and I love to cook, though working full time prohibits much experimentation and I occasionally burn tomato soup because I’m always in a hurry. Scorched tomato really reeks, by the way. Oh, and I get a kick of out walking my little doggie. She’s too little to go far, but she gets so excited it’s sweet.
Who is your favorite book heroine?
Do you have any unusual habits that revolve around writing?Ah, hem. Yes. My little doggie, Ewok, comes down with me each morning. She expects me to have a snack for her, then I must pour a splash of water into her dish and a smattering of dog food into another dish for her breakfast. I am a virtual slave to this routine. Then, and this is really embarrassing, when I’m finished with my writing shift, I must kiss my jump drive for good luck before I place it in my desk drawer. Freaky, huh? I don’t know where that even came from, but now I’m stuck with it!
What is your favorite mystical creature?
What were some of your biggest challenges at the beginning of your career?
How do you feel about reader comments?
I love it when people like my work. When they don’t, I try to tell myself they must be having a bad hair day, or maybe they don’t like the genre I’m writing in, or maybe they don’t like my kooky humor. I try not to think it’s a reflection of my writing abilities, though it’s difficult not to. Not everything I write is everyone’s cup of tea. That’s okay. We’re all free to choose what rolls our socks up and down, right?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Where are your books available?
What can we expect from you in the future?
Where can we reach you and become informed of updates?My blog contains my most updated information, http://saucylucywisdom.blogspot.com/
and you can also go to my website: www.cindykeenreynders.com
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Now Let's Take a look at the book details:
7 Year Witch
By Cindy Keen Reynders
Publisher: Angelic Knight Press
Release Date: April 12, 2012
Novice witch Miranda Rose’s seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council is to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Once completed, she’ll reach her lifelong dream—High Witch of Wysteria Hedge Haven. In a last ditch effort to locate the precious gem; she travels through time to 1877. In a dilapidated castle a powerful wizard refuses to relinquish the stone. In a fit of pique, the wizard, Balthazar, zaps her in a field outside of Merry Olde London.
Sir Maxwell Chadwick is the sole witness to a fiery ball of light streak across the midnight sky. Curious, he investigates. Surprised to find a beautiful young woman among the smoldering ashes, he cannot deny his instant attraction to the alluring stranger. While Miranda appreciates the handsome duke’s assistance, she finds him annoying as his well-intentioned interference delays her mission.
It doesn’t take Miranda long to realize the handsome duke holds the key to her heart, as well as her future. Fate, magic and the Seven-Year Witch disease takes the lovers on a rollicking, star-crossed adventure!Just fill out the rafflecopter for your chance to win!! Good Luck and a big thank you to Cindy for stopping by!!
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