Today, I’m featuring Cindy Thomas, a friend and Agency sister, and the author of BECKON ME (my review is at the bottom of my interview).
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a total book nerd. I love reading, promoting, writing, holding, smelling (weird, right?), and devouring books. If I didn’t have kids and a husband, I’d probably spend every single free second with a book in my hand. I mean, I still do that, but I have less free seconds than I would if I didn’t have them. 😉
What do you do for fun when you are not writing?
Read. And watch Friends, Ally McBeal, or anything on HGTV when my eyes get tired.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve always been a writer, honestly. I wrote silly, nonsensical short stories as a kid, then lots of angsty poetry as a teen, and moved into full length books as an adult.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. Sometimes my ideas come from brainstorming with critique partners. Sometimes I wake up with them. Sometimes it’s something I see on tv that sparks an idea. Driving long distances in the car are super helpful when brainstorming my new ideas.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I’ve done both. I wrote much cleaner with an outline, but I think I prefer to pants it most of the time.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON by Caroline B. Cooney is the book I read in high school that has forever changed me. I have two copies of the book and have read it at least ten times. I absolutely love it.
Can you tell us about your recent release, BECKON ME?
BECKON ME at its heart is about friendship, loss, and choices. The short: It’s about a girl who gets shot alongside her best friend after their freshman year of college. Karina (the main character) survives, but her best friend does not. Karina then is haunted by her best friend, and discovers (from her super super hot neighbor, Eli) that she now must decide if love and loyalty are worth losing her soul.
The long: Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.
When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.
One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.
Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.
Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.
Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.
Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?
BECKON ME is a new adult paranormal romance suitable for upper YA and NA audiences ages 16 and up.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I loved writing the scene at the club. It reveals a lot to the readers without telling too much, and the chemistry between Eli and Karina was really fun for me. But I think I’d have to say the closing scene was my favorite one to write. Karina suffers a lot over the course of this book and to be able to finally give her some peace felt really incredible.
What project are you working on now? I’m working on the sequel to BECKON ME (titled RELEASE ME) and also a YA contemporary that I’m crazy about.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? No matter how hard it gets, don’t stop believing in yourself or your dreams. Never give up.
Do you have a day job as well? Yes. I’m a senior publicist and the manager of marketing at Spencer Hill Press.
How did you choose the genre you write in? I write the genres I love to read.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? All the time.
Will you have a new book coming out soon? I hope so! 🙂
Pick up BECKON ME:
My Review of BECKON ME:
I LOVED this book. It’s beautifully written and has all the feels. Karina’s a sweet yet spunky heroine I rooted for from page one. I laughed out loud at her wit (especially when she puts Eli in his place) and cried with her when she worried about Rainey. It takes an excellent writer to make me care about a character I only meet for a few pages, but Cindy does this effortlessly with Rainey. I was weeping in the final pages (spoiler) when Karina helps her cross over. I felt so sad for Karina, yet happy for Rainey, all at the same time.
And Eli! He starts off with his sexy, playboy exterior, but inside, he’s 100% a kind-hearted, loving guy. I’m so glad he met his match in Karina.
I really enjoyed the complexity of the Beckoner role. Such a creative idea. And Cindy weaves in the back story in a seamless way that gives you the information you need without overloading scenes.
So, when’s book 2 coming out? grabby hands