Jen: Today we welcome our next Historical Romance Retreat author, Cindy Nord. Cindy, will you share a short bio with us?
Cindy: Say hello to Bestselling Historical Romance writer, CINDY NORD…author of NO GREATER GLORY, a #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon for nearly a full year, and book one in her four-book ‘The Cutteridge Series’. WITH OPEN ARMS, book two which debuted August 5th, has already zoomed up the charts to a #1 Bestselling Historical Western Romance at Samhain Publishing. Also, Cindy is pleased to be a contributor alongside many NYTimes writers in the delightful non-fiction anthology SCRIBBLING WOMEN & THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE HEROES WHO LOVE THEM [all proceeds from the sale of this book go to the ‘Women In Need’ shelter in NYC]. Cindy is a member of numerous writers groups, and her work has finaled or won countless times in competitions — including the prestigious Romance Writers of America National Golden Heart Contest. A luscious blend of history and romance, her stories meld both genres around fast-paced action and emotionally driven characters.
Jen: Tell us a little about your books.
Cindy: How about book blurbs?
Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home. Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land. With a defiance born of desperation, she defends her home as though it were the child she never had…and no mother gives up her child without a fight.
Despite the brazen wisp of a woman pointing a gun at his head, Colonel Reece Cutteridge has his orders. Requisition Shapinsay—and its valuable livestock—for his regiment’s use, and pay her with Union vouchers. He never expected her fierce determination, then her concern for his wounded, to upend his heart—and possibly his career. As the armies go dormant for the winter, battle lines are drawn inside the mansion. Yet just as their clash of wills shifts to forbidden passion, the tides of war sweep Reece away. And now their most desperate battle is to survive the war with their lives—and their love—intact.
A war-weary ex-soldier. An untamable hellion. Love doesn’t stand a chance in hell…
Hardened in childhood by the death of her parents, then left to run the family’s southwestern territory ranch when her brother rode off to fight for the Union years before, Callie Cutteridge hides her heartbreak behind a mask of self-sufficiency. Breaking horses for the army proves she’s neither delicate nor helpless. When a former cavalry officer shows up claiming to own her brother’s half of the Arizona ranch, she steels herself to resist the handsome stranger’s intention to govern even one single aspect of her life. After all, loving means losing…to her it always has.
For months, Jackson Neale has looked forward to putting the bloodstained battlefields back east behind him. Callie isn’t the agreeable angel her brother led him to believe, but he’s damned well not the useless rake this foul-mouthed hellion thinks he is, either. His quest for calm stability contradicts sharply with her need for control, yet still their heartstrings tangle. But how can these mistrusting partners transform their fiery passion into a happily- ever-after when all Callie knows how to do is fight…and all Jackson wants is peace?
Jen: At what age did you discover writing?
Cindy: My passion for writing began many years ago. As a young divorcee completely disillusioned by romance, I sought enjoyment in reading. Then, finally, on a long-ago New Year’s Eve, I tucked my two young son’s into bed, poured myself a glass of wine, then pulled out my old Tower typewriter. With a strong belief in a ‘happily-ever-after’ I began to craft a love story which would contain all the elements I felt a true hero should possess. THAT was the night I gave birth to a Civil War love story, NO GREATER GLORY, which ultimately became a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and landed me my fabulous literary agent, Louise Fury w/the Bent Agency in NYC. Lo and behold, my journey toward publication began.
Jen: Does what you read influence what you write and what are some of your favorite authors/books?
Cindy: I love historical romance. The elements I look for in a novel that I read for pleasure are a captivating love story, characters who I can fall in love with, and detailing that sweeps me right straight back into the time period. I have many romance novels on my keeper shelf, but as I glance at them several stand out to me, and are as timely & moving now as they were when I first read them: THE OUTSIDER by Penelope Williamson. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell. LOVE & WAR by Patricia Hagan. Good heavens, the list goes on and on.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Cindy: You’re asking a writer who’s all about the passionate ‘falling in love’ conflict of a story to limit this only to three?! LOL. Okay, here I go: EMOTION-DRIVEN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Cindy: Having just completed AN UNLIKELY HERO, book three of my four-book ‘The Cutteridge’ series (set to debut this late-spring/early summer), I’ve now began book four, BY ANY MEANS, debuting in the fall, 2017.