Friday, July 8, 2011

Author Cynthia Justlin

How/why did you start to write?
As a child, my imagination was always running wild, but it wasn't until I got to Junior High that I really started putting pen to paper. I had a wonderful English teacher who nurtured creative writing by giving us class time to write whatever we wanted. Mine were always sappy stories with a hint of romance, so it's not surprising that I now write romance. I owe a lot to Mrs. Bach and her coloured sheets of writing paper!

How did you come an author?
My 'someday' dream was always to write a book, but it wasn't until I had my children and became a stay-at-home mom that I thought about seriously pursuing publication. Up until that point I'd written short pieces, so when I finally tackled my first full-length book, I realized that I had a lot to learn about how to put a story together. Some may have been disillusioned by this, but I love the nitty-gritty craft of writing, so learning just fueled my passion.

What was your first published piece?
Her Own Best Enemy is my first published piece. It's the first time I've had the opportunity to share my writing with the rest of the world, and I have to say, it's been an amazing experience. There's something about sharing your writing that leaves you vulnerable, but when readers let you know that they get what you've worked so hard to convey, it makes all those hours of polishing your rusty words worth it.

Where was it published?
Her Own Best Enemy is published on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and All Romance Ebooks.

How long ago?
The book was released on March 13, 2011.

What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?
I have a Bachelors of Science and worked in the field of chemical sciences before deciding to stay at home to raise my children. My love of science and technology is a huge plus in writing romantic suspense, and you'll often find that my stories incorporate some element of science in them. It can be difficult to merge my creative side with my analytical, though, and there are times when I have to work extra hard to shut that analytical part of my brain off so I can let the story blossom.

What inspires you?
Music is a huge inspiration to me. I am a music junkie, and I couldn't live without it. And, you know, just living life inspires me. In the past year, I went through a difficult illness, which taught me that every second is precious. I want to smile and laugh and create and enjoy each moment. All of those things fill up my creative well.

Please share one of your successful marketing techniques?
I confess that I'm a very shy person. I don't like putting myself out there, so marketing is one of those things that makes me want to stick my head in the sand!Over the past few months I've been learning to put myself out there, and the best advice I received is to just connect with readers. Talk to them on forums or twitter or facebook. Be accessible, and share a little bit of your life with them. So, that's what I try to do. : )

Parting words
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Leanne. (You're most welcome, Cynthia. Thank you for visiting.) I encourage everyone to take time to smell the roses--I know it's a cliche, but such a true one--hug your loved ones, and be grateful for the good things in life. And laugh every day, it is SO good for the soul!

Her Own Best Enemy
Romantic Suspense

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Desperate to track down her ex-husband who disappeared along with their son, Grace Stevens delves into his past and uncovers evidence of a shocking dual life. The man she thought was an ordinary computer consultant is in fact a former high-ranking Special Forces officer with unique skills in military intelligence. With nowhere to turn she is forced to plea for help from Keith King, the one man she hoped to never see again. Against her better judgment she'll have to put her child's fate into his hands.

Keith has officially hit rock bottom. Framed for the theft of deadly missile components, the cynical Special Forces officer is in danger of losing the only thing he can count on his career. His one shot at clearing his name lies in locating. Grace's ex, who was working with Keith on a secret mission to take down a cutthroat military traitor. But to team up with Grace he'll need to spend 24/7 with a woman who has every reason to hate him. Out to use each other for their own agenda, desperate mother and disillusioned soldier fiend they must work together to say alive, and in the process discover that sometimes even the best of enemies fall in love.

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2 comments:

katcantrell said...

Hi Cynthia. :) As you know, you inspire me every day. I love the reminder to hug my loved ones, even when they are driving me crazy and I'm wishing for school to start like right now.

Everyone else - This is an awesome book ya'll. Keith is one of my most favorite heroes ever. Do yourself a favor and read it.

Cynthia Justlin said...

Same back at you, Kat! You inspire me to be a better writer. Thanks for keeping me company! :)