Deadly Heat | Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Forever) | Release Date: 1/25/11
She wants revenge . . .
Six months after her lover died in an arsonist's blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI's elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned - not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.
He wants her . . .
Kenton's interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can't get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case - and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can't hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer's sadistic, fiery game.
A vicious killer wants only . . .
Please describe your writing environment.
My writing environment is actually well, just my laptop. I take it with me and travel around the house as I try to find a quiet room!
Please tell us your latest news!
I am very excited about my upcoming back to back romantic suspense releases. On 1/25, DEADLY HEAT (book 2 in my Deadly series) will be published, and then on 3/1/11, DEADLY LIES (book 3) will be released. Readers will be able to revisit my FBI agents--elite agents who work in the Serial Services Division as they track and apprehend serial killers.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I would leave DEADLY HEAT exactly as it is. My hero is strong, determined, and sexy, and he's more than met his match in my firefighter heroine.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Jayne Ann Krentz is my favorite. I love that she can write so wonderfully well across various sub-genres. I always expect an entertaining read from her, and I'm never disappointed.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to write dark, intense stories with a sensual edge.
Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I have been writing full-time for the last five years, and I hope to continue writing full-time as long as possible.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I remember being in the first grade and attempting to write my first short story. I've just always loved writing. It's a part of who I am.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up on your dream. Learn as much as you can about the craft of writing and the publishing business. Knowledge is priceless.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I have several family members who read my books--they love what I do. (I think some of them want to write, too!)
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I write full time, but before I was a writer, I was a history teacher. So perhaps one day I will spice things up and write historical romance.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
The process varies depending on the book. Sometimes, I plot out the entire book in advance, and other times, I let the characters led me where they will.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
Nope, I just need my laptop and I'm pretty good to go.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
I like to surf the web for a bit before I start to write. It gives my mind a few moments to relax before I dive into a story.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
The characters often develop as I write the tale. Layers emerge and secrets are revealed to me as the story progresses.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Too many stories demand my attention at one time! I like to work on just one story at a time, but it's hard because other story ideas will sneak into my mind and I will be so tempted to try and write 2 stories at once.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My husband has always been great at supporting my writing. When I need the house to be extra quiet (deadline time), he and my son will head out for some male time. He proof reads my work. He designs my website. Yes, he is my free labor, and I love that about him.
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
Originally, I titled this book as Evil Deeds, but when my editor decided that this was to be the "Deadly" series instead (when I was first doing the proposal, I thought of it as my "Evil" series), the title was changed to DEADLY HEAT (to reflect the arsonist and firefighter theme).
Do you have an interesting quirk?
Other than my never-ending addiction to chocolate?
Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.
No, so far, I'm just Cynthia.
Do you like to mix genres?
I love to blend genres. I've written quite a few paranormal romantic suspense stories--love blending monsters and murder.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I'm reading Styx's Storm by Lora Leigh, and I'm loving it. I am a big fan of her Breed stories.
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
My agent called me while I was walking at a local park (trying to get rid of some post baby weight). I was so excited, I ran back to the car--a *very* long run.
What inspires your writing?
Everything--movies, sunsets, music, long walks. Story ideas come to me all the time.
How many books do you plan on writing each year?
I like to write 4 books a year.
What are your hobbies?
Snorkeling and movie watching (horror movies).
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
I like to run contests on my blog right before the release of a book. Right now, I have a "My Deadly Valentine" blog event going on at www.cynthiaeden.com/blog. Some wonderful guest authors are joining me in the fun and we're giving away lots of great prizes.
What has surprised you about being a published writer?
Promotion. Before I sold, I didn't realize exactly how much promo would be necessary in this business, but I like to think I adjusted my thinking pretty quickly.
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
Depending on the book, I can do quite a bit of research. DEADLY HEAT was a very research intensive book--I visited fire stations, interviewed firefighters, and read numerous books on arson. What cool tidbit did I learn? I learned how to start some very dangerous fires, and I also learned some very sad statistics regarding fire fatalities.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I've got a dog, Yogi. He likes to sit behind me and watch me write.
If a bookstore was putting up "Is Like" plaques, who would be listed as being like you?
Shannon McKenna (I love her work--dark and sexy)
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Just one? Well, then I'll pick Jayne Ann Krentz because I am a fan gril.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
Yes, I highly recommend that any writer interested in romance check out the www.rwanational.org site. I have learned an enormous amount from RWA, and without them, I would not be published today.
What's your favorite drink?
An apple martini, please.
How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?
I think it was more of my publishers choosing me. My agent pitched my work for me, and Kensington made an offer on my paranormal romance that we accepted, and Grand Central made us an offer on my romantic suspenses that we also accepted. These offers made me a busy writer.
Do you have an agent? If so who and please tell us about them.
Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency is my agent. She's smart, savvy, and professional.
What main genre do you write in?
Thanks for checking out the interview!
DEADLY HEAT--Available 1/25/11 from Grand Central Publishing (Forever) / DEADLY LIES--Available 3/1/11 from Grand Central Publishing (Forever)