Meet the Newbies: Cindy Anstey!!!

Posted April 6, 2016 by Nori in Blog Tour/ Blitzes, Giveaway, Interviews / 12 Comments

Meet the Newbies: Cindy Anstey!!!Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
Published by Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 19th 2016
Pages: 368
Purchase Links Amazon B&N

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

I am so excited to be hosting Cindy Anstey as part of the Meet the Newbies debut feature, organized by the one and only Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books! Stay tuned for an interview with Cindy + a giveaway!!!

Author Most Likely to Time Travel to the 19th Century

Nickname: George
First Day of School: April 19, 2016
Homeroom: Macmillan Swoon Reads
Grade: YA Regency
Extracurricular Activities: Tossing the ball for the dog… looking for said ball, painting and traveling
Favorite Class: History and Art
Favorite Quote/Motto: “We can’t direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.”



Swoon Reads has a very unique publishing model. What was something that surprised you in the publishing process? 

I was surprised by how generous the Swoon Reads community is in their compliments and advice when manuscripts go up on the site. There is a sense that readers genuinely wish to help… and have their favorites recognized, of course. However, once you step across the threshold and into the ‘back’ rooms, I was very surprised by the support, enthusiasm and kindness that permeates the entire publishing process. The Swoon Reads team—and I do mean team—is amazing!  

I love your cover! Do the keys represent something in your book? (Only answer if this isn’t a spoiler)

No spoiler necessary; the keys are more symbolic than a hint or clue to any aspect of the plot. They tell the reader that this is a historical novel and that a mystery will have to be unlocked… and they look great!

What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know 😉

Actually, I don’t have a favorite food. Having travelled widely, my taste is very eclectic. Enjoying local cuisine is one of the highlights of any trip. Unfortunately, I am allergic to fish so I’m not able to try everything and I have to be very careful.

Did you know from the start that you wanted to have two POVs? 

Absolutely. When I get to know my characters, I know how they think and feel, how they would react in any given situation; they tell me! I would write in the omnipresent if it wouldn’t be confusing. There is so much more going on in people/character’s minds than what they expose to the world. It’s fascinating.

What character was easier for you to write?

Once I understand a character, there is no easier or harder. It feels as if the character is in charge and I’m just tagging along… recording. I have had characters change my plot—take it right off point. It’s always a better book if I listen to them.


Chocolate or vanilla? LOVE chocolate but would have to say vanilla; chocolate gives me migraines.

Paper or digital? Tried digital, still prefer paper.

Coffee or tea? Both… but not at the same time.

And that’s a wrap for today’s MTN post! Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, Cindy! 🙂

About the Author

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.

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12 responses to “Meet the Newbies: Cindy Anstey!!!

  1. Kathleen P

    This book sounds super interesting and I like that it’s from two perspectives. Can’t wait to read it!

  2. danielle hammelef

    I am getting into historical fiction and have loved it so far. This cover pulls me in right away. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  3. danielle hammelef

    I love when couples “pretend” that they are falling in love and then when one of them really does–wow–the emotions take a rollercoaster ride.

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