|Click image to visit tour page|
Author: Cindy Paterson
Series: The Senses
Number in Series: 3
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Presented By: Bewitching Book Tours
Interview with Cindy Paterson
OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond, Cindy! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
CP: Oh thank you Diana, it’s a pleasure to be here. A bit about myself? Hmmm, well I have an addiction to writing. People get hungry to eat, well I get hungry to write. I starve without it. No, really, it’s my passion and I’m so fortunate that people read my work and enjoy it.What else? I adore animals, all kinds and I’ll put fish in this category cause I think they are so therapeutic watching them swim in a beautiful tank with live plants as close to their environment as possible. I have two unusual cats, a Persian crossed with an exotic short haired and then my Sphynx cat, both of which were rescues. Then my little 4lb Yorkie, also a rescue from the veterinary hospital I work at. My eldest pet, now eight years old, is my Newfoundland who is 140lbs of friendliness.A red-footed tortoise is coming in a couple days and I’m really excited about it. I’ve always wanted one and finally a friend has made it happen. Anyone have suggestions for names, please comment and let me know.Finally, I have two Andalusion horses and have studied natural horsemanship (horse whispering) for about ten years now. As you can tell, I love a variety of animals, they are so loyal and their love is unconditional, that is something special.
OBVB: I read you started writing when you were 12. Can you tell us what your very first story was about?
CP: OMG, it’s horrible. I still have it written long hand in my school notebook. A historical romance about a pirate who kidnaps a young woman. Her fiancé is trying to get her back, but he’s an ass and she doesn’t want to may him. Guess what—the pirate and the woman fall in love.
OBVB: What made you fall in love with Paranormal Romance in the first place?
CP: It was just the story that developed that made me write in the paranormal romance genre. It chose me. It’s fun to be able to have characters that can read one another’s minds, makes for some interesting scenes. Paranormal gives the writer this freedom to go places you couldn’t explore in say contemporary romance.
OBVB: What was the most challenging thing you had to face when publishing your book?
CP: Getting people to read my books. Strange I know, but true. There are some amazing authors out there, brilliant writers and they’re in the same vote. It’s not easy if you’re unknown. But the readers who have read little unfamiliar me…wow. So wonderful, kind and supportive of my writing. Hugs to you gals!
OBVB: Who are your influences? Who is on your nightstand right now?
CP: Since I read about 2 books a week, this is changing constantly. I try and mix it up and read different genres. Right now I’m reading Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and just finished and loved Madeline Sheehan’s Unbeautifully.Influences? God, there are so many. Diana Gabaldon is a brilliant author and her book Outlander is my all-time favorite. J. R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon and I just started reading Jeaniene Frost and love her writing. I am a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning, her Highlander and Fever series are the best!
OBVB: Fall, book 3 in The Senses series, just released on May 7th, can you tell us what it is about?
CP: FALL is a love story. The focus is on Waleron and Delara, their tragic history and their undying love. The angst is huge in this novel as finally after JUMP and STEP their story comes to the forefront. They had numerous scenes in the first two books with so much torment between them that it was time to play it out in FALL. Xamien appearing along with Tarek rising from Rest, well it pushes Waleron and Delara to the edge and their love to the ultimate test.
OBVB: I am a huge fan of vampire romance reads. Why do you love vampires?
CP: I love them too. In the Senses series, the vampires are the bad guys and when I started the series I really didn’t know that I’d even have them in it as I created the CWOs (Center World Others) as the bad guys. But vampires crept into my pages and it seemed natural to incorporate them as they have been around forever. How can you have a paranormal world without vampires?
OBVB: I read about your strong love for Xamien. Why is he your favorite?
CP: Book boyfriend Xamien. Yep, love him in that he is definitely Alpha, but he is also laid back and supportive of those he cares about. There is a teasing side of him that he shows with Delara that makes you sigh. The guy rocks in bed too, lol.However, maybe a new book boyfriend is on the horizon. Jasper, that’s all I need to say.
OBVB: What genre would you like to write that isn't your own and why?
CP: I love Katie Macalister’s Ainsley Grey novels. What’s that genre? Paranormal comedy romance? They’re so witty and I’m laughing out loud all by myself. I don’t have that natural talent, but would love it…who wouldn’t.
OBVB: What supernatural creature would you like to be and why?
CP: Oh great question! Damn they’re so many. I’ll have to pick one of the Senses abilities—a Healer. By nature, healing animals is totally me, so I’d be ecstatic to be able to heal humans and of course other Senses as well.
OBVB: When you are not writing, what do you do in your free time?
CP: Well, I run a veterinary hospital and spend most of my time in surgery as a surgical assistant. If I’m not there, then I’m with my two horses, Shakespeare and Nashoda who live at my best friend’s farm. It is a wonderful get-away from the city life and the dogs and I try to get up there whenever we can to play with them.
OBVB: Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing?
CP: First thing in the morning—coffee, otherwise nope. I write every chance I get, so routine isn’t possible. BUT when it comes to writing a sex scene I totally have a routine. I need a glass of red wine, my sex scene music playlist and men’s cologne sprayed around me.
OBVB: Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on?
CP: Yes, working on a contemporary steamy romance called Tear Asunder. It’s an emotional ride about Sculpt (Callum) and Alexandria (Lexi). Sculpt, underground fighter/rockstar and Lexi a horse whisperer. This story I absolutely adore, a young love that is torn apart then reconnected eight years later. A lot of angst! My readers know I thrive off of that.
OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond hon. Hope to have you here again.
CP: It’s been great to be here! Thank you Diana for having me and I’d be happy to come by anytime.
Cindy Paterson Bio:
I am Xamien’s secret lover. Well, in my head I am and since I’m single this is completely allowed. Some of you may ask, who is Xamien, don’t worry you will meet him soon enough, but no falling in love with him. He is all mine.
Writing books is a fantastic way to have adventures that are impossible to have otherwise. I mean do you really want to fall in love with Waleron? He is so unstable and would never pick up after your dogs or clean the litter box. Not to mention the fact that he is always out killing disgusting grave robbing bug people.
Curling up with a good book and losing yourself to another time and place is the greatest reward. Being able to feel a character’s emotions, their fears, pain and love. Now that is incredible. I relish in the books that stay with me long after they have ended. This is what I strive for in my writing. To give the readers, and myself, an escape into another world, my world.
I have been writing since I was twelve. My parents, sorry mom and dad, would send me to my room for an hour every night to do homework, and instead I wrote stories. Oops, guess that is why I did so bad in math.
I have never stopped writing since then and never will. It’s like an addiction, but a good one. I adore stepping into the shoes of a character and deciding their fate. The characters are why I write. I want to fall in love with them (even the bad ones), so that I care about what happens to them in a story. If I can’t care about the characters then why bother with the story.
I live in Toronto with a menagerie of pets that keep me on my toes.
Follow Cindy Paterson here:
Check out the other blogs on this tour below:
May 13 Guest blog
Regina May Ross's
May 14 Interview
May 15 Interview
May 16 Guest blog
Coffee and A Book Anytime
May 17 Guest blog
Lost to Books
May 21 Excerpt Spotlight
Brianna Lee Book Reviews
May 22 Guest blog
2 Bibliophilies Guide to Seriously Awesome Books
May 24 Spotlight and review
Jessica Loves Books
May 27 Interview
Books & Other Spells.
May 28 Spotlight
Book Liaison –
May 29 Guest blog
Gimme The Scoop Reviews
May 30 Guest blog
June 3 Spotlight
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path
June 3 review (all 3)
June 4 Guest blog
June 5 Interview
June 6 Guest blog
June 6 Spotlight and review
Faerie Tale Books
June 10 Guest blog and review (all 3)
Always a Booklover –
|Click image to visit tour site|