Cynthia Austin lives in Northern California with her husband, two boys, and Olde English Bulldogge named Count Dogula. They love all things horror, gothic, and Victorian which prompts her friends to dub them as “The Adams Family.”
She is an avid reader who may be slightly obsessed with music. She hears music in a way that she believes the artist intended it to be heard: visually, with a storyline that follows. Listening to the songs by her favorite artists, she was inspired to write her first series titled “The Pendant.”
Cynthia has been published twice in The Writer’s Monthly Magazine as well as the online news site, Yahoo! Voices. She has a trilogy published with Limitless Publishing and her newest novel, A Penny’s Worth was released by Solstice Publishing in 2017.
A Penny’s Worth:
Sara Conrad just about had it all, wealth, beauty, a prominent place in Las Vegas society as the owner of a popular nightclub, and a reputation that was second to none.
There was only one thing Sara failed to possess…
That’s because it was dominated by a despicable sociopath, her husband, Ezra Silverstein, who rarely let Sara out of his sight and manipulated her every move.
Out of desperation, Sara turned to a bodyguard at her club, Max Tobias, for sanity and salvation. Before long they are on the verge of a torrid affair that threatens not only to engulf them personally but their very lives, as well.
When Silverstein catches wind of Sara and Max’s relationship, he is determined to make them pay for their betrayal. He makes it his mission to inflict a blood thirsty punishment on his beloved Sara and her romantic rescuer.
As events reach their dramatic climax, Sara is stunned to discover Max is not really a bodyguard at all. This revelation turns her entire world upside down leaving her vulnerable and unable to trust anyone, especially the man to whom she had given her heart.
Riveting. Unpredictable. Page turning
The story of a good woman trying to survive in Sin City where Satan himself has set up camp in her own marriage, and the only man she had truly loved turned out to be a virtual stranger.
God help her.
Published July 27, 2017 by Solstice Publishing
Print book: https://amzn.to/2KMeyPw
Why did you decide to write this book?
When writing, I tend to create the final scene before anything else. The final scene in A Penny’s Worth was written years prior while writing my young adult novel, Between Dreams. The ending was too violent for the characters in my YA and to be honest, my antagonist didn’t have it in him. That’s when I knew I would have to write an adult novel where a gritty crime boss deserves what’s coming to him. Thus, Ezra Silverstein was born.
What genre is your book?
Do you consider your book character-driven or plot-driven?
Initially, I would say plot driven. The plot was there first and it should have been straight forward. But once the characters came alive, they took control. They had emotions and feelings they acted out upon, and sometimes the plot changed because of this. Ezra was supposed to be a careless asshole, but he loved Sara. Despite how evil I wrote him out to be, his love for his wife spoke louder. So in the end, the story was character driven.
What makes your book unique?
The readers fall in love with the villain. Despite how evil he was, they were still emotionally tied to him and understood his torment. No matter how bad a person is, there is good buried deep. Ezra showed that.
Do you plot ahead of time, or let the plot emerge as you write?
Yes. I actually allow a story to brew in my head a good year before I even begin to write.
How do you develop the names for your characters?
I select the names. Then my editor disagrees. Then we argue. Then I cry. Then I make changes. Then I revert back to my original choices. Then my editor lectures me on my horrible choice. I argue some more. Then we eventually come to an agreement. We argued a ton over Ezra, but that was one name I would not budge on. It just always felt right. Plus, Silverstein means silversmith and Ezra was a jeweler.
How do you decide on the setting?
By arguing some more with my editor. Initially, the book took place in Stockton, CA, but I quickly changed the backdrop because while the family smuggled drugs, they couldn’t have the lavish life I envisioned for them in a small, central California town. They would be a mediocre drug dealer at best in Stockton. So I moved the plot to Miami where they could use the water ways to smuggle drugs for the cartel. But my editor had a good point; I had never been to Miami. I needed to be familiar with the area so we settled on Las Vegas as I’ve visited the strip enough times to write about it.
Do you have a writing mentor?
Yes, my editor has been a godsend. He has helped me every step of the way in this crazy writing world. He’s actually become somewhat of my crutch. Everything I write has to go through his approval before anyone else can see. He’s brutally honest and has no problem telling me if it’s garbage.
What’s your writing schedule? Do you have a favorite place to write?
I moved into a new home last summer and unfortunately have not found a place I can dedicate to my writing. I do have a beautiful private deck off of my bedroom and I have plans to set up a nice table to do most of my writing outside in the sunny, California weather.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I recently completed my 5th novel titled Tainted Luck and am querying agents and publishers. Hopefully this book will be available by the summer.
Where can we find you?
My blog: BETWEENDREAMSiREAD
Social Media: Cynthia Austin (@CynaMarie) | Twitter
Instagram Handle: Cynamarie