Laurie: Welcome Cindy. It’s so nice to get this chance to chat. Where did your idea for the Unbridled series originate?
Cindy: Actually, The Unbridled series didn’t start out as a book series. The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama. I spent five years writing the television scripts, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. At one point a script runner from Warner Brothers was seriously looking at the scripts. But the frustrating fact was that we just couldn’t sell it. So one of the readers said to me, “Cindy, don’t be stupid, turn your scripts into a book series.” and so I did!
Laurie: Tell us about your current release.
Cindy: Dangerous Deception of course was one of the nineteen scripts that I wrote for the TV series—that’s an entire television season. Anyway, it was one of the Hollywood reader’s favorites. With each book I introduce a “visiting” character—because this book series was born from telescripts, they were to be “guest stars”. That said Vic Deveaux is our visiting character for Dangerous Deception. Here’s the low-down… Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey!
When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their Thoroughbred farm, Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the youngest son, Shane.
Things turn ugly when Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds. Suddenly Vic finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well?
Not content to sit at home and wait for her men to bring her brother home, Kate West convinces homicide detective, Carl Lugowski, to check out a hunch at an old abandoned mansion. Soon they’re trapped in a hornet’s nest of a notorious biker gang.
Oh yeah, Vic’s deception has placed the West family in more danger than they know what to do with!
Cindy: I’m always a book ahead. Dangerous Deception has only just released November first, but I began work on the next Unbridled book as soon as it went to edit. The next book is titled, AGAINST THE ROPES. This book will be a spring of 2013 release and will feature the West’s farm manager, Punch McMinn, when he comes upon a down-on-his-luck ex-fighter he convinces Eric to take the fighter in only to have him drag the entire West family into his debacle of danger. Is that the only plot/storyline? No way! My Unbridled readers know that I always have subplots going on—you’ll have to read to find out what it will be.
Laurie: Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Cindy: My Unbridled series has been mainly murder/suspense storylines with one romantic comedy thrown into the mix for fun; however, I have an ardent desire to write a romantic suspense series, and have decided to do so in 2013. I have decided to call the series First Force and the title of the first book will be Into the Crossfire. The character, Jack Haliday, who is introduced in Dangerous Deception will be featured in the new series—it will be an ops style (if you will) book series.
Laurie: What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
Cindy: “eyes roll accompanied with a snort” Well, my books do contain some sultry scenes, and when I published my first book, Deadly.Com, I informed my husband over dinner one evening that there were a few “suggestive” scenes within the pages. He stopped with his fork almost to his mouth, looked at me over his glasses, and said, “What do you mean by suggestive?” Uh, oh, I could see this was going to be a problem. You see my husband and his family are an extremely conservative group of people, and I could see in my husband’s face that he didn’t want to have to explain to his family that his wife was writing dirty books. In fact, after Deadly.Com was published and the family read my book, they have never mentioned my writing or my books again. It is sort of a taboo subject at family gatherings. Hmmmm.
Laurie: Does your significant other read your stuff?
Cindy: Almost. He read and enjoyed the first book, Deadly.Com, but he wasn’t interested in reading the second book, Hot Coco, because it was a romantic comedy—just not within his interests, I afraid. He has read the latest release, Dangerous Deception, and liked it very much, but I must admit he is my toughest critic.
Laurie: Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Cindy: Wow, that’s kind of a tough one to call—I’m probably a bit of both. I have all the Unbridled television scripts which serve as wonderful outlines for my books. Everything is there—the beginning, the middle, the climax, and the resolution, which qualifies me as a planner, for sure. That said, as I write the books with the scripts to guide me, I find that I tend to add unforeseen plots, sub-stories, and even unexpected characters somehow show up in the books, which is definitely done by the seat of my pants! But I’m always happy with the results.
Laurie: When in the day/night do you write?
Cindy: I love to write in the evening, it is the quiet time of day, and my thoughts turn to my latest Unbridled adventure, and what dodgy debacle I will ask Mike, Shane, Punch, or Lugowski to walk into without hesitation. I finish cleaning up the dinner dishes, check to see what my husband is watching on TV, I pour myself a glass of wine, and then retire downstairs to my office, where my characters live inside my computer. They are waiting for me—sometimes in a panic, depending on what state of affairs I’ve left them in the last time we met. I click on the file, take a deep breath, a sip of the wine, re-read what I wrote the night before, and then I ask myself one question: what if?
Laurie: Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
Cindy: Yes, I do. The quote is by Oscar Wilde, I used it in my second book because I not only found it most apropos for the book, but for real life as well. It goes: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey! When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their Thoroughbred farm, Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the youngest son, Shane. Things turn ugly when Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds. Suddenly Vic finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well? Not content to sit at home and wait for her men to bring her brother home, Kate West convinces homicide detective, Carl Lugowski, to check out a hunch at an old abandoned mansion. Soon they’re trapped in a hornet’s nest of a notorious biker gang. Oh yeah, Vic’s deception has placed the West family in more danger than they know what to do with!
For twenty-six years my life whirled around a song and a dance: I was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of my adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.
I didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. The problem was we just couldn’t sell it. So one of the readers said to me, “Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.” and so I did!
In May of 2011 I took the big leap and exchanged my dancin’ shoes for a lap top—I retired from dance. It was a scary proposition, I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house. Do I miss dance? Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with you.
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