Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cynthia P. O'Niell interview

Jordan Carlisle is a young, career driven woman with a passion for life and family.  Her world is suddenly altered by both death and love when she is torn between family loyalty and a chance at happiness with the man who holds her in her dreams.  Will time and technology bring her and the handsome stranger together or will the powerful forces that have plagued her since childhood keep them apart?

Gregory Riley has kept a secret most of his life to avoid discovery.  Now he is on a quest to find the person who can change his life, forever.  He knows her face, her touch and her voice; but nothing more.  He uses clues, from his dreams, to find both her and a timeless love that defies explanation.  In spite of the darkness working to keep them apart, can he get to her first and help her “remember”?  

Jordan and Gregory discover a deep connection in the ability to encroach on one another’s dreams of both past and present. Together, they learn that their lives have crossed time and time again, only to end tragically.  Guided by an unearthly visionary and help from those who have gone before, they are given clues and revelations to uncover their place in history.  In order to stay together, they must discover where fate went astray, who is responsible and where they fit in to the ancient prophesy.  Working side-by-side, they seek to unlock the hidden powers and mysteries that will defeat the darkness in this life and allow them to be together, forever.  Will love finally prevail or will the darkness win again?


Here is my interview with Cynthia!

1. Where did you come up with the idea for I Remember?
Everyone kept telling me that the way my hubs I and met and then married semed more like a fictional story.  They also went on to state how my life seems to be a continual rollercoaster of events.  A few years later, I started thinking about those statements and found them in my dreams.  With each new dream, the story got more profound, but never completed.  It stayed this way for nearly eight years.  Then I was talking with some mommy friends and one asked, "Have you ever thought about writing a Young Adult book?" 
For the next two weeks, my dreams played the story out to completion in my head.  I knew there was too much to put into one book, so it would have to be divided into four, that would take the reader on a new journey and discovery with the characters, up until the final one.  Sorry, but I can't elaborate too much or it would give things away.
How Jordan and Gregory meet, along with some of the difficult circumstances that happen during their intial contact are actually based off of how my hubs and I met.  Though of course turned into fiction, since the book contains some paranormal/supernatural aspects and has some historical references.   
2. Do you have a writing routine?
I first started out as just a hobby writer, meaning I would write when the time and mood struck, which was few and far between.  I had been doing this for about six months, with the story coming together at a snails pace.  It was at that time that I was introduced to another writer, who was releasing her first series, and started learning the ends and outs of things.  I still continued on as a hobby writer, for several months, taking on a lot of negative comments for wanting to follow my dream.  I almost gave up on it, until my family stated they were behind me 100% and to go for it.  So I started delegating a few nights a week and then some weekends to writing until it was completed.  However, now I have taken the leap and committed to being a part-time writer, managing anywhere from 15 to 20 hours a week, sometimes more, sometimes less, pending family and life circumstances, which is priority.
3. Who are your favorite authors?
I had been looking for a writing style that I liked, when I came across Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga.  I was inspired by her, Nora Roberts, Alexandra Adornatto, and several others.  I also fancy some of the steamier romances like E.L. James and Sylvia Day.  Now if we are talking Indie Authors, my favorites include Raine Miller, Kimberly Knight, Jessica Gibson, Nichole Chase, Tawdra Kandle and several others, just too many to list.
4. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I had first thought about being an author when the dreams to the Remembrance series and I Remember, started.  I dismissed them believing I couldn't do it.  When the dreams persisted and my friends posed the question to me, about writing a YA Romance, it was like a hit on the back of the head and an inner voice telling me to try it.  I had an in-depth talk with my family to gage their thoughts and understanding it would mean time to myself to write and they fully agreed to back me up.  So I guess about a year and a half ago, I decided to take the chance.
5. What's up next for you?
I am currently writing the second portion of the Remembrance Series, called Loving You.  A little hint, when the books are done and put next to one another, it will spell out a sentence.  I'm hoping to have the next book release sometime in November, with the remaining two releasing next year.
Next month, I will be releasing the first book in the Learning Series, called Learning to Trust.  It is a steamier romance, for those wanting a little more heat to their reading.  It will be the first of, at least, three books.

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