Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Welcome Back Tuesday's Guest Spotlight Author Cindy Spencer Pape

My! My! My! Yesterday was a blast, but don't put the party favors away just yet because she's baaaaaack!!! And I couldn't be more pleased about it. 
If I've learned anything about Cindy Spencer Pape, it's that she is very modest. 
Trust me, in this industry, coming across an individual who's not only been nominated, but who has actually won numerous awards for their work is a special occasion. One that is even more delightful when that author is as humble and generous as Cindy is.   
To take on the chore of writing a manuscript, pouring your heart and soul into it then cast it out into the world to be ripped to shreds is something to be recognized and acknowledged. Although she has dozens of titles under belt, she's quick to point out that a great deal were short stories.... well, pfft, I'm not one to minimize  anyone's baby, no matter how short the little darling is. Here at Sealed With a Kiss, if you wrote it and it survived the publishing process without bursting into flames as it passed through the proverbial ring of fire, then by all means we're gonna make a big deal about it! LOL! 
And when you take into account the Urban Arcana series, and especially the Motor City Fae, Sealed With A Kiss wants nothing more than to shine a little spotlight on it!

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.

Now without further ado, here's some of the interesting things I learned when I put Cindy in the hot seat and asked her to share a little more about herself...

Cindy, how did you feel when you got your first publishing contract? Absolutely over the moon. I screamed so loudly the whole family came running.

How do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter? I started out as a pantser, but now I sell on proposals, so I have to sort of plot. I still make good chunks of it up as I go along. Fortunately, my editors don’t seem to mind too much.

What makes a book great in your eyes? Emotion that grabs ahold of you and won’t let go.  
What is the biggest piece of your advice you can give a beginning writer? Learn as much as you can. RWA or another writer’s group can be a great help. Mostly, if you love it, don’t give up, no matter how many rejections you accumulate.

What are you working on now? By the time this posts, I *should* have turned in Motor City Werewolf, book 3 of my Urban Arcana series with Carina Press. Up next is the tentatively titled Midsummer’s Dream book 4 of my Holiday Hearts series at Ellora’s Cave. After that, who knows?

Are love scenes easy/difficult to write? Depends on the day. Some days they just flow, other days I’m banging my head on the desk trying to make it work.

Do you write in one genre or several different ones? And why?  It’s all romance, but within that, I’m all over the place. I blame a short attention span.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? On a warm, sunny beach somewhere.

Do you have another career besides writing? What is it? I’ve had several, mostly environmental education, but right now, I write full time.

What’s your biggest reward in being a writer? Getting to play make-believe for a living? What’s not to love about that.

If you had the opportunity to say one thing to your readers, what would that be? THANK YOU!!! (And write to me. I really, really, really love hearing from readers.)

Okay, now for something really important, Cindy. *Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup? Whipped cream—it’s the least sticky.

I so agree! ;-)

*What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public? In full view of other people? Probably just kissed. In public places where people COULD have come along? Just about everything. Getting caught making out on the beach (at night) by a cop was probably the most embarrassing.

Maybe we will read all about it in one of your story lines someday! 

Cindy, I must say that you are a treasure and I look forward to more of this Spotlight week!!




  1. Great interview Cindy and Robin...

  2. Thanks Rawiya, and thanks again to Robin for all the nice things she had to say about me. :)

  3. Well as Cindy's critique partner, I can tell you she's a fabulous writer--even the stuff that ends up on the cutting floor.

    There are more wonderful stories on the way!

  4. Hi Cindy,

    Your Motor City Fae series was one of my favorites from last year, and I can't wait for book 3. Werewolves are my favorite paranormal critters, and I can't wait to read your spin on their storyline.

    Oh and hi Anny!

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  5. LOL! This is a great series, Cindy--I'm relatively new to the urban fantasy thing, but I'm enjoying it more and more!

    And wow--I'd be less than thrilled to be interrupted by a police officer! All of my interactions with them in any sort of formal capacity have resulted in my being ticketed ;)