Mol (mollyringle) wrote,

A little fantasizing about Scottish castles: meet author Cyndi Tefft

In celebration of the recent release of Cyndi Tefft's novel Between, I am interviewing her today. You can read my review of the book here. Its description from the cover blurb:

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries...

Welcome, Cyndi!
First question: If money were no object, what kind of property would you buy in Scotland?

Ooh, fabulous question! Okay, let me take it one step farther in my fantasy: money is no object and said property would be for sale... I'd buy the ruins of Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness and restore them to their former glory. Eilean Donan Castle (where Aiden is from in the book) was nothing but ruins from 1719 to the early 1900s, when John MacRae Gilstrap bought and restored it. The castle is now one of the most photographed in all of Scotland. I'd love to do the same to Urquhart Castle, which is nearby.

If you could visit any time and place in history as a guaranteed-safe onlooker (like your characters can do, in a limited fashion), where and when would you choose?
When my husband and I visited France last year, we went on a tour of the Château de Chambord, which was like a fairytale palace out in the country. I could envision what it was like to see serving maids running around, bringing food up the double helix staircase to the royals. There were warming stations outside the king and queen's bedrooms so the food could be heated up before serving (it gets cold on the long trip up from the kitchens!). It's mind-boggling to me to think of how those people lived without the modern conveniences I take for granted. So I'd love to be an onlooker, but I wouldn't want to live that way!

Other than Jamie Fraser of the 'Outlander' series, what hero(es)/heroine(s) are likeliest to inspire a new character for your stories? (Or at least inspire interesting dreams?)
When we went to the Louvre in Paris, we spent most of our time looking at sculptures. One in particular stood out to me above the rest: Marcellus. The artistry was on a different plane than the other pieces in the museum, and the beauty of Marcellus took my breath away. His robe drapes over one arm and serves as support for the structure, but at the edge of the robe, the marble is so thin that you can see light shining through it! Now, I know absolutely nothing about Marcellus (other than he died in 22 BC and has a smokin’ hot bod), but he has certainly inspired some enjoyable dreams and I could see myself writing a book about him someday!

How has your outlook on writing changed now that you're published? More anxiety, more optimism, or both?
When I first started writing Between, I never gave a thought to the book being published. I just wrote it to see if I could. I tend to get bored with projects easily, so no one (including me) thought I would be able to write a full-length novel. It wasn’t until I got about halfway through the first draft that I began sharing it with friends, and I was very encouraged by their feedback. That gave me the momentum to push through to the end.

Trying to find an agent and get traditionally published was a gut-wrenching exercise that sucked the joy out of writing for me. All of a sudden, writing wasn’t fun anymore. It became about fear and rejection, about not being good enough, and I lost interest in writing. The rise of self-publishing tools and resources provided me an avenue to get the book to readers, and breathed new life into my outlook on writing. Now I am excited about sharing Between with readers, and about finishing the next book so they will get to share in the rest of the story. I am anxious about reviews and how the public will respond, but the enthusiasm from bloggers so far has made me cautiously optimistic.

Describe yourself in five adjectives and five nouns (combined or separated as you wish).
I asked my friends on Facebook to help me out with this question. Some of the responses: bubbly, focused, kind and wicked awesome. My kids piped in with goofy!

I wear a variety of hats in my day-to-day life: wife, mom, professional, author, singer. No matter the setting, my character is the same. What you see is indeed what you get.

What are you working on now?
I’ve been working feverishly on the release of Between, lining up book bloggers and other reviewers. After that, I’ll be turning my attention to writing the sequel, Hell Transporter. The first draft is about a third completed, but I haven’t looked at it in ages. I’ll be taking walks on my lunch break, dreaming up scenes and dialogue for book two!

Thank you, Cyndi!

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