Thank you so much for joining us today to talk about your many, many new series. This is the gushing part of the interview where I tell you how much I love your stories. They are always so intense both in the story itself and the characters you write. I would have said I was a vampire girl, but after reading your werewolves and shifters, vampires seem so cold and boring. You make a werewolf growl mine and I get all flush. Hotter after Midnight is one of my favorite books. I love Det. Colin Gyth.
Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoy my stories—and Det. Colin Gyth! I had such a great time writing him. I think Gyth might have started my wolf addiction.
You have been writing a flood of new books and series lately. Do you have some new inspiration or is maybe just a hidden case of energy drinks?
LOL, have you been reading my tweets? I am so addicted to Red Bull that it isn’t funny. Actually, what’s really happened is this…the self-publishing/digital revolution. I am still publishing books with New York publishers (like Harlequin and Kensington), but I am also now able to release books on my own, too—and this has the benefit of me being able to make a whole lot more books available to readers. With New York, my publishers have usually only wanted to release about 3 of my books each year. But I live and breathe writing. If I’m not writing, I’m lost—so I can produce a whole lot in a year. With the rise of self-publishing, I can now bring more books to readers, faster. For my traditional print fans, I can also still keep supplying those books, thanks to the great publishers that I have.
Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?
Yes, I just didn’t always know if I *could* be a writer. Even as a kid, I would make up stories and write them in my journals. When I became an adult, the dream was still there, but I just didn’t know if my work would be good enough. Fear can be a terrible companion. One day I decided—forget the fear. I wrote, I submitted my stories. They got rejected. But I didn’t give up. I kept working at my craft, I kept pushing, and I finally had my dream.
You write some very sexy scenes. How does that go over with your friends and family? Do you get embarrassed that they are reading those scenes?
Oh, wow, I can’t think of family reading those scenes (not my mom!). When I write, I don’t think of my family or friends at all—I just think of the characters. I think of the story, and that’s all that exists for me at that time. If I stopped to imagine my mom reading the scene (and she does, btw—my mom really enjoys my stories—thanks, mom!), I would never get any writing done.
Let’s talk about some of your new series. First let’s talk about your new Purgatory series which follows the FBI Paranormal Unit. Your first book, The Wolf Within, (which was incredible by the way) features Special Agent Duncan McGuire and Dr. Holly Young. You end Book #1 with a hint at Book #2. Can you tell us a little about Purgatory and the FBI Paranormal Unit?
I’m so happy that you enjoyed THE WOLF WITHIN—thank you! I plan to release at least 2 more Purgatory novels in early 2013. I’m hoping to release them back-to-back. As for book two…well, I’ll be going vampire on you. The hero of the second novel is a very, very powerful vampire—and one that is about to find himself locked up in the paranormal prison known as Purgatory. In book 3, I’ll turn back to another werewolf hero (if you’ve read THE WOLF WITHIN, I bet you can guess who this will be!). I have an idea for the 4th book, too, so if readers want it, I’ll be doing that one, as well.
Your other new series is a Young Adult series. Going back to the proclivity toward hot, sexy scenes involving hot, sexy werewolves, did you have to keep chanting “Keep it PG. Keep it PG.” to keep it geared toward the younger audience?
That was my mantra. Keep it clean, keep it…I had wanted to write a YA for a very long time. Actually, I wrote my first YA over 15 years ago, and I’d wanted to go back and write another YA ever since then. The idea for THE BETTER TO BITE came to me, and I thought—why not? I’d just finished up a contracted story, and I wanted to see what would happen with Anna and her werewolves.
The first book is The Better to Bite. What can you tell us about the heroine, Anna Lambert? What makes her so special?
Anna is special because of the “magic” that she has. Nothing can be lost to Anna—nothing at all. If someone is missing and she thinks of that person, she instantly knows where he/she is. If something has been stolen, she can find the object in mere moments. It’s a handy trick, but it can also be quite dangerous. Especially when Anna moves to a new town and realizes that she isn’t the only one out there who can work magic. (Beware: Werewolves ahead!) Anna is my updated version of Red Riding Hood—with a bit of magic.
Will Anna be the focus of the whole series or is this a stand alone book? If it is a single story, will you ever try your hand at a YA book again?
I would very much like to write another book to continue Anna’s tale. There’s more mystery to that girl—to what she can be—and I’d love to share that with readers.
Your next new series which starts in January 2013 takes a turn away from paranormal with your Shadow Agents series. Tell us a bit about your Shadow Agents.
When it comes to writing, I have two loves: paranormal romances and romantic suspense novels. I was so excited to have the chance to write my Shadow Agent series (I’m in the middle of writing book 4 right now!). My Shadow Agents are tough, dangerous warriors. These men and women belong to the Elite Operations Division (the EOD). They are a group that is off the books—secret, incredibly covert. My Shadow Agents specialize in hostage rescue and unconventional warfare. Composed of ex-military (SEALs, Rangers, Delta Force), these are definitely agents that you don’t want to cross.
The books have a lot of action, suspense, and, of course, romance.
Before we finish, you released earlier this year Bleed for Me, the first book in the Loved by Gods series, a story which involves those wacky Greek Gods. Will we see more books in this series for 2013?
You will! I’ve got plans to release a story for Ares and a story for Poseidon.
Thank you so much for stopping by and speak with us today about all your new series. We’ll look forward to all the new books you have coming out in 2013.
Thank you for interviewing me! It was an absolute pleasure. Happy Holidays!!
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Cynthia Eden is a national best-selling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel, DEADLY FEAR, was named a RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people). Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.
Get more information about Cynthia and her various stories at www.cynthiaeden.com