Cynthia L. Simmons is a mother of five, an award-winning author and past president of Christian Authors Guild. She hosts Heart of the Matter Radio weekly. A retired RN, and a lover of history, she combines history and Scripture to ministers to women of all ages.
What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
Cynthia: The suspense is easy, but I find it harder to write realistic romance. I have to ponder the right words to express emotions.
When do you find time to write?
Cynthia: During a book project, I outline the book and set a word count for each day. First thing in the morning, I will read over what I wrote the day before, then complete the word count before moving to other projects. On a few occasions that I had to write into the night or past midnight, I found my mood became spookier and the material needed serious edits.
What is your favorite spot for reading or reflecting on your current work-in-progress?
Cynthia: The computer seems the natural place to read and reflect on what I’ve written because I always have to change a few words.
What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up to keep writing?
Cynthia: Immersing myself in some new area of history gives me a lift when I need a break from creating words and scenes. A walk helps too, but I tend to keep writing in my head unless I have a companion to talk to.
What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
Cynthia: I had a man fall down the steps in such a way that no one was sure if it was homicide.
How do you research ways to kill someone for your books?
Cynthia: I am a retired nurse, and I’ve always loved forensics. So that makes research easy. I’m always gathering information I might use later.
Where do you get the inspiration for your plots?
Cynthia: I ask what if? And that leads somewhere every time.
How do you ensure your books are accurate?
Cynthia: I do careful research and even visit the places things happened. Once I took a trip to Germany and the place I stayed was called Alabama Boarding House. However, it had stuff on the wall that seemed like the Wild West. They had never visited Alabama and assumed it was out west.
What is absolutely essential for you to write?
Cynthia: The biggest thing for me if focus. I have to cut off everything that might distract me. I get alone with my computer, set a timer for an hour or an hour and a half, and write. I try not to edit as I write because that slows me down. When the timer goes off, I take a break, stretch and then start over.
Current book: Pursuing Gold
Mary Beth and Peter struggle to keep their bank afloat. When counterfeit money linked to their bank surfaces, they decide to look for the forger.
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