Today I am thrilled to introduce fellow Solstice Publishing author, Cindy Keen Reynders!
Why do you write?
I started writing because I had read so many books; I wanted to start making plots go my way. The idea that I could be the author gave me chills of excitement. It occurred to me that if other people wrote books, why couldn’t I do it? Sibling rivalry added to my competitive spirit. As the youngest in my family, it seemed my brothers and sisters had accomplished so much. I wanted my mom and dad to be proud of me. Plus, writing is just so darn cool! It’s become my favorite addiction to create plots and characters.
What has your writing journey been like?
In 1991 I joined a writer’s group and began attending conferences and workshops. During my first critique group, I handed out 10 pages of a manuscript for everyone to read. Pride and excitement bubbled inside of me. One of the ladies, a multi-published romance author, read a few lines and left the room in a big hurry. To this day, I hope it wasn’t my amateurish writing that made her ill.
After about 13 years of cranking out romances and mysteries, an editor called and expressed delight about the book I’d submitted to her publishing house. She wanted to publish it! The shock of acceptance nearly overwhelmed me, and I could barely speak. I didn’t believe it was real. I probably even pinched myself a few times.
I’ve had five books published to date and I’ve got many more in the works—either in my brain or in various stages on my computer. I’m enjoying the journey and because I’m a glutton for punishment, I set higher and higher publishing goals for myself. Retirement is coming up in a few months and I’m almost giddy about having so much time to write.
A perfect day for me would be to disappear into my office in the morning, a cup of hot coffee in my hand. If I had no interruptions, I’d probably write until the dead of night. There are so many places writers get to visit and never leave home. The beach, the mountains, and even back in time. Imagination is a wonderful gift, and it doesn’t cost a dime.
“The Seven-Year Witch,” Solstice Publishing is Cindy’s most recent novel. Here is a little about the book:
Novice witch Miranda Rose’s seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council is to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Once that is achieved, she’ll accomplish her lifelong dream—to become a High Witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan. In a last-ditch effort to locate the precious gem, she travels through time to 1877. Hidden within a dilapidated castle tower, Balthazar, a powerful young wizard, refuses to relinquish the stone. In a fit of pique, he zaps Miranda into a field just outside of Merry Olde London.
Sir Maxwell Chadwick is the sole witness to a fiery ball of light streaking across the midnight sky. Curious, he investigates and is surprised to discover a beautiful young woman among the smoldering ashes. Captivated by her alluring beauty, he cannot deny his instant attraction.
Miranda appreciates the handsome duke’s assistance. However, she finds his well-intentioned interference annoying because it delays her mission. It doesn’t take her long to realize Sir Maxwell holds the key to her heart, as well as her future.
A combination of fate, impractical magic and the Seven-Year Witch disease take the lovers on a rollicking, star-crossed adventure.