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
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.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
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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