Monday, 14 June 2010

Guest Author: Cindy Spencer Pape with Motor City Fae

Welcome Cindy, it's great to have you stop by and share a little about your new Carina Press release and first book in a sizzling series: Urban Arcana.

Cindy is a multi-pubbed author in various genres of romance (I love that she always promises a happy ending, not matter the story or genre).

Available now from Carina Press

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn’t mean the gorgeous stranger’s crazy story—that she’s a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can’t deny the evidence of her own eyes—he’s Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can’t get enough of.


Ric Thornhill’s assignment just got a lot more complicated. The more time he spends with Meagan, the harder it is to see her as a political tool to prevent an all-out war between humans and Fae.

Now Meagan’s in a race to master her newly released powers in time to prevent the conflict, convince a jealous Queen not to strip Ric of his powers, and find out if she can build a life that straddles two worlds.




Okay, now on the fun stuff where we ask Cindy some probing questions :)

Cindy: First of all, I’d like to thank Claire for having me visit today.

 

Cindy: We’re talking today about my book, Motor City Fae, book 1 in my Urban Arcana series from Carina Press. It debuted last week, and I am thrilled that it is already getting rave reviews. So here goes. Claire, what would you like to know?

Claire: What inspired this story? Trips to exotic islands in the name of research? Hiccups? Hair pulling?


Cindy: I’ve always loved stories where an ordinary person finds herself in extraordinary situations. My whole family is very small, with heart-shaped faces and slightly pointed ears, so my husband has always teased me about being part elf. I grew up in Detroit and thought…hmmm, what if someone really did find out she was half elven… Unfortunately, this did not offer a lot in the way of exotic research trips. I wish I could have gone to Faerie and seen the queen’s palace. As far as hiccups, though, this book did have a really big one. It was the book I was working on the summer my mother and brother both passed away, and it was a long time before I could bring myself to get back to this story again—so it was written with a really big gap in the middle. I did have to go through in edits and update some technology a little!

Claire: What character in your book do you love to hate? If you had to pick just one (the worst) and invite her to tea or him to the pub for a drink, what's the one question you're dying to ask? And how would he/she answer?

Cindy: I think my favorite villain in this book is Fianna Meadows. You’ll have to watch in the next book of the series, Motor City Witch to find out why, though. To start with, she’s perfectly put-together, organized, very elegant, blonde, and beautiful—lots of things that I am not! If I had to sit down with her and ask a question, it would probably be “How can you walk in those heels?” and she would respond, “Generally, by putting one foot in front of the other. Why? How do you walk?”

Claire: Why are you so excited about Carina Press?

Cindy: Because I couldn’t resist the idea of the e-publishing business model with the power of Harelquin behind it. I think it’s the best combination in the publishing world, maybe ever.

Claire: If your editor told you that, while she absolutely loves your work, your next book had to be in another genre… which one would you choose?

Cindy: That’s easy. I write all over the place, so I’d ask, “Okay, so do you want the contemporary western, the steampunk, the historical, or the high fantasy? Seriously, each of these is a current WIP.

Claire: What's next? Next book in sequel or in the same genre or something totally new?

Cindy: Next up at Carina is Motor City Witch, book 2 in the Urban Arcana series, coming October 4. I also have a contemporary western erotic novella out later this week from one of my other publishers. You can check my website for that one if the genre piques your interest.

You can read the complete first chapter online here, and click here to find out more about how to purchase the book. You can find me on the web at
Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com/
Blog: http://cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CindySPape
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000270304390
Finally, as part of my blog tour promoting Motor City Fae, I’m running a contest. All you have to do is pop over to my website, go to the “contact Cindy” page, and tell me which blog you saw me on and answer the question of the day. At the end of June, I’ll be giving away a $20.00 gift card to your choice of Borders, B&N, or Amazon. You can enter once for each blog stop.

Today’s question is: Name Cindy’s favorite villain from MCF.

8 comments:

  1. Claire, thanks so much for having me here today!

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  2. Cindy, I'm in awe of all the stories you seem to have on the go at once. You must be a great multi tasker! It's interesting that you put this story aside during a personally tough time, and then went back to it later. Other than the technology updates, did you find your writing style had changed much from when you first started writing it?
    Judy

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  3. Cindy, the pleasure's all mine :)

    Judy, that's an excellent question!

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  4. Judy, I think my technical skills were a little better. I did go back and smooth out some of the earlier work. :)

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  5. And it's a wonderful story! Yes. It. Is!

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