Cybill Cain Interview for Kristin at A Beautiful Book Blog
- What books have most influenced your life?
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Brave the Wild Wind by Johanna Lindsey
- The Stand by Stephen King
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
- Bearing an Hourglass by Piers Anthony
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
- Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- How do you develop your plots and characters?
It usually starts with a cool phrase, or song that I’m listening to that sparks a feeling or an emotion that leads to an idea. What would happen if…? Then I plot out the story, and start to write. Then I throw away the plot and the characters start to lead. Then I make another plot outline and try and convince them to get out board with it. They surprise me sometimes, by saying and doing things I don’t understand until much later in the story. I think they develop me as much as I do them, because I almost always come away having learned something that I never could have foreseen going in.
- What is your Favorite book you have written so far?
I love all my children equally. 🙂 I genuinely do mean that. The central theme of my writing is always about the power of love, but each character and story is uniquely its own. If you held my feet to the fire I would say Poker Face, only because everyone who takes chance on that story comes out surprised and usually happy. I like being able to surprise the reader, and take them some place wonderful they don’t expect.
- What is your current Work in Progress?
I just broke ground this week on Tony’s story, planned for a tentative release in January 2018. Many readers have been asking when we would see his tale and have shared they are eagerly anticipating a chance to read it. He’s been a supporting character in Poker Face, Haunted and my upcoming release Delicious, but he’s ready to take the stage and strut his stuff for us, and I mean that literally. Tony loves attention.
- Tell us one thing you that nobody knows?
I always fall in love with my leading man.
- What is your favorite drink or food to eat when you are writing?
Coffee. If you know of a way to get that in an IV drip, I’ll be first in line to get it.
7. When you are not writing what do you like to do?
I’m a photographer, an avid movie buff and I paint watercolors.
- Are you a reader? What genre do you tend to read most of?
Yes, I have read all my life. What I read depends on my mood. I love a good story in any genre. Lately, I’ve read more romance than anything else, but I love science fiction and fantasy as well.
- Who was your muse (Man and Women) for your last book?
I only have one muse, and I write for him. Before him I was asleep, not writing, even though it was the only thing I’ve ever truly wanted to do. He woke me up, and started me back on the path I was meant to follow. His art informs my own, setting the bar ever higher as I tag along at a distance behind him, looking for the perfect word or phrase that will capture his attention and impress him. His identity is a secret, even from him.
- What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. There is no substitute.
Thank you, Kristin and A Beautiful Book Blog, for having me today! Before I go there is one last thing I would like to share with you.
A couple of weeks ago, in a FB group that I am part of, I saw a call go out for a solider about to be deployed who was asking for books to take with them. I thought this was an amazing idea, and I made a page on my website to offer my Chimera Club Stories FREE to any US military personnel who would like to read some sweet steamy romances. If you know a solider about to be deployed, they can contact me here. I can provide any format of e-book and would love to give them my humble thanks and appreciation for their service!
Here’s where you can find out more about Cybill Cain and The Chimera Club Stories: