Thursday, May 2, 2013
Heiress Bride Virtual Book Tour: An Interview with Cynthia Woolf
Welcome, Cynthia...can you tell us a little about Heiress Bride?
Heiress Bride is the story of two young people who are both scarred. One, Ella Davenport, is scarred on the outside from a carriage accident and inside from the reactions of the people around her to her physical scars. The other is Nathan Ravenclaw, a half Arapaho Indian, who is scarred from the prejudice that he’s suffered
Would you have liked to live in the Old West? How was it better/worse than living in the 21st century?
Living in the Old West was hard. No running water, indoor bathrooms, electricity, heat. Dirt floors, no glass in the windows. We have idealized the Old West and made it romantic but it was not a great place to live at all. Those people who did it were heroes.
What kind of research goes into the writing of your historicals?
I research the specific facts of what I’m writing. The train schedules, how they trained horses, how horses are born, etc. A lot of the stories I write are based on how my father lived. He was a cowboy, worked on the ranch that is the setting for my first series of westerns, specifically the book, Tame A Wild Heart.
Why are historicals your chosen genre?
I like the genre. I kind of grew up in a western style house hold. When my father was a young man, he was a cowboy, and I loved the stories that my mother told me about him. He died when I was five so I only have those stories and pictures of the era. I also worked at a pioneer museum and a railroad museum in my teenage years and gleaned a lot of information then.
Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?
Write. Write what you love and everything else will fall into place.
What are some of your favorite books/authors?
I love Johanna Lindsey and Julie Garwood.
Anything you'd like to reveal about yourself that your readers might find surprising?
I’ve worked as everything from a sales tax manager to a janitor to a waitress and tourist booth operator. I didn’t marry until I was forty, though my husband and I knew and dated each other for twenty years before that.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third in the Matchmaker & Co. series, Fiery Bride. It is the matchmaker herself, Maggie Selby’s story.
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