Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Cindy Gerard to Romancing the Book as her blog tour makes a stop with us. Cindy, please share a short bio with us.
Cindy: The only thing Cindy had in mind when she started writing her first book was finishing it. The issue of actually selling it came much later. Only after she made that life-altering first sale did she realize that one book would never be enough. Now, over 20 books and numerous awards later, Cindy laughingly admits that she can barely remember life before…well, was there life before writing?
Actually, yes there was, and still is. A professional career woman, Cindy is a trainer for the Iowa Department of Human Services, a position she states is both challenging and rewarding. “Human Services is a front-line, real-life event. Everything about the job is immediate, from serving families in crisis, to assisting staff with difficult situations, to meeting tension-fraught deadlines.”
Cindy’s writing has netted her spots on bestseller lists, numerous RT nominations and awards, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a National Reader’s Choice Award and two RITA nominations.
Between writing and working full time you wouldn’t think Cindy would have much time for anything else. And while she does find her work and her writing rewarding, there does have to be more. Cindy has more. Much more. She is happily married to the perfect man. Tom’s a cowboy, ladies!
Both Tom and Cindy enjoy gardening and have recently expanded their annual beds into a perennial garden. Cindy says she can hardly wait for spring and the promise of all that reawakening and the colorful blooms.
In addition to the horses, the Gerards have two dogs, Ellie and Boomer, who pretty much get anything they want. Tom and Cindy have one son, Kyle, who, after years of keeping them in suspense, found Eileen, the perfect woman.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Cindy: KILLING TIME is an action packed, suspenseful, romantic adventure that involves a man coming to terms with his past because a woman forces him to own up to the truth. I LOVED writing this story. Mike is my favorite hero type: Irreverent, gorgeous and emotionally wounded. Eva is kick ass. And together they made this book so much fun to write. I already had a kernel of an idea for a story about him when Mike Primetime Brown showed up as a secondary character in my last two Black Ops inc books. I had a hard time getting him off my. I also know that behind all that flash and swagger was a man who was not the man he wanted the world to see. And wow, did it turn out he had a past. A past that came back to haunt him no matter how deeply he thought he’d had it buried.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Cindy: I write them down – even if it’s on my hand. Or I call myself and leave a message if I can’t get to paper and pencil or a computer.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Cindy: Tons. I needed information on Lima, Peru, on the Hemlin Province in Afghanistan, on the topography in Idaho – on survivalists groups – on background for my characters. I scour the web and have a go to guy for all my weaponry and who helps me (read: corrects me) with my action scenes.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Cindy: A couple of years ago I received a letter from a young man stationed in Iraq. He was there at that time, as a private contractor but he’d done 2 tours as a marine. He was lost. His life had fallen apart and he told me he’d gone back to Iraq to die. For whatever reason, he found one of my books over there – TO THE EDGE – and he told me that he could so relate to the pain and difficulty the hero was encountering as a result of his service experience that the book literally pulled him out of a hole and saved his life.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Cindy: Getting an invitation to that young man’s wedding and knowing that he’s a happy, well adjusted individual – now proudly serving his country again in the army :o)
Jen: What’s next for you?
Cindy: KILLING TIME which you know is out this month, is book one of my new One-Eyed Jacks series. I had initially planned 2 more books in the series – RUNNING BLIND and TAKING FIRE. I’ve since been given the opportunity to write a 4th book, one that will come out next December (just in time for Christmas!!) that’s a bonus book in the series. I’m so excited about THE WAY HOME. It’s a homecoming story featuring Tyler Brown (Mike’s brother) and is a little different book than I usually write. Still romance, still suspense, still features our black ops warriors, but THE WAY HOME has a little something extra … something that is leading me on a very special journey as I write it.
We have a copy of KILLING TIME up for grabs to one lucky commenter. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. But, there is also a Grand Prize drawing of a $25.00 Gift Card (Amazon or B&N) and an autographed copy of KILLING TIME for one lucky winner that follows the tour and leaves a comment at every stop. To enter the Grand Prize drawing CLICK HERE!