An avid reader of romance, fantasy, mystery, and even more romance, Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty-five years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two grown sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Author of more than 40 books, Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the male humans who share her household.
Eggnog or Mimosas? Are you old enough to drink? Mimosas, please. And I think I have shoes old enough to drink.
We’re also taking pictures with Santa, did you bring a gift for him? (Maybe a new release or a pretty book cover…) I love the cover for Yuletide Enchantment. Hope he does too!
The company Christmas party goes awry in an erotic way when quiet accountant Shelby Carter is magically whisked into a miniature Victorian village with the boss’s gorgeous son, Noel Holiday. Noel has always honored the policy against fraternization, but when he’s trapped for several days with sweet, sexy Shelby, he decides it’s time to start breaking the rules.
While exploring the enchanted surroundings, they delve into their deepest fantasies, even acting out scenes from a collection of erotic Victorian postcards. After all, what’s Christmas without a little magic and a whole lot of sexy fun?
Though Shelby’s crazy about Noel, she’s sure he’ll forget all about her once their interlude is over. But Noel has fallen head over snow boots in love with Shelby. Now he just has to convince her that holiday wishes can come true, and his devotion will last beyond their Yuletide Enchantment.
Please enter. Drinks are served by the elves in the corner. Ooh—cute elves. Fantastic!
What’s your favorite holiday and why? Christmas, of course. I love the decorations, the songs, the presents, and the whole sense of celebration that fills the air.
Did you ask Santa for anything good? A few nice things, and a few verrrrry naughty ones. <wink>
What’s your favorite place to spend the holidays? Wherever my family is. Snow is nice too, but I’m ready for it to be gone by mid-January. Sigh. If only it really worked that way.
What is your favorite Christmas memory? Wow, that’s tough. There are a number that stand out. Probably coming home for Christmas the year my oldest son was born. We got to spend time with lots of family we hadn’t seen in forever, and the holidays are so very different with kids in the house, even tiny ones.
Do you have personal resolutions for the New Years? Anything interesting? I refuse to jinx myself with New Year’s resolutions, but I do make a point to try new things each year.
Why do you write romance? Because it makes me smile. Real life can be hard. Fiction should make you happy.
How long have you been writing for? And how would you describe your publication journey? Seriously for a dozen years or so. I’ve been published now for five. My road was a pretty typical one, I think. I wrote a book and it was pretty awful, but it proved to me that I could do it. The next three I wrote and submitted to one or two houses, collecting rejections. Finally I decided to try e-publishing and sent one to each of three different publishers. All three sold, so I went from no publishers to three in a matter of months. Even when the first of those three folded, I never looked back.
Are you a plotter or pantser? What is your routine? Some of each. I started out as a total pantser, but now that I can sell some of my work on proposal, I have to have a synopsis to turn in, so I’m learning how to plot. As to routine, there really isn’t one. Each book grows a little differently from the one before.
What characteristics do all your heroes/heroines have in all your stories? Well both are usually smart, because that’s how I like them. And a sense of humor is there, even if the character doesn’t know it at the start of the book. They don’t have to be alpha, but do have to have an inner strength and be totally devoted to their mate.
What writing resources do you abide by as a writer? A good dictionary, the internet at my fingertips, and the support of fellow authors.
What advice would you give aspiring authors? Learn what works for you. Never believe there is only one way to do anything, but do take advice on the market and your technical writing skills. (Spelling and grammar aren’t a style issue.) After that, just keep at it and don’t give up!
What are you working on right now? The next two books in my Gaslight Chronicles series at Carina Press. Kilts and Kraken will be out in June as part of Carina’s anniversary anthology and Moonlight & Mechanicals will be a full-length novel, hopefully out next fall.
What news would you like to share with your readers? Both Steam & Sorcery from Carina Press and Eagle’s Redemption from Ellora’s Cave are EPIC award finalists. In January I’ll be a panelist at ConFusion, the Detroit science fiction convention, and…
Where can readers find you?
- Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com
- Blog: http://cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com/
- Newsletter group: http://yhoo.it/ni7PHo
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/CindySPape
- Facebook: http://on.fb.me/gjbLLC
List other books you have out: Really? All 40-some? You can find the complete list on my website. J
Thank you so much for joining us at Romance Author Hotspot! Thanks for inviting me. I’d like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a fabulous new year!
Prize: A free download of reader’s choice.