Ask the Author: Cynthia Eden
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’d like for readers to know that I’m addicted to happy endings. I read my first romance novel when I was 12 years old, and I’ve been hooked on the genre ever since. The real world can be crazy and hard far too often, so it’s nice to know that the escape of a good book is always waiting.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
My next release is FIGHTING FOR HER (releasing on 8/27/19), and it’s a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s a romantic suspense that focuses on one very fierce hero who is charged with protecting the daughter of a mob boss. He has to keep her safe for seven days before she walks into a courtroom and testifies, and during those seven days—well, there’s plenty of danger and romance and lots of action. I like to include humor in my stories, too. Because—why not? So when people read my books, I hope they smile, I hope they get lost for a little while, and I hope readers end the book feeling happy.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I’ve always loved an opposites attract story, and the hero and heroine are definitely opposites. He’s big, bad, and dangerous, and she’s the seeming ice princess. They are both wrong about their expectations. He might look like a growling beast, but the hero is one dedicated protector, and as for the heroine, she’s got skills and secrets that our hero never expected to discover.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
The opening scene is always my favorite. A fresh start, a new book—when you write an opening scene, anything can happen!
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
When I was a kid, I loved the scary YA stories that were written by Christoper Pike. Often, they would have romantic elements in them, and I loved that! The more books I read, the more I wanted to become a writer.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Do it! If you want to write, then just start writing. Write the story that calls to you. Have fun with your characters and let your voice shine through on the pages. Ignore your doubt and fear and just write. Trust me, all writers feel doubt. After writing full-time for 15 years, I still feel it! The nagging question of…”Can I do this?” Ignore the fear. Go for the joy, instead. Write your book. Be happy!