Thursday, October 27, 2011

Between... A visit with the author, Cyndi Tefft

Anyone in the mood for a little romance? Look no further! Cyndi Tefft's novel Between is a romance that is anything but ordinary. This story begins with the death of the protagonist, Lindsey Waters. Do not fret, Lindsey is greeted by a handsome, Scottish man, Aiden MacRae. While her journey begins in death, she discovers life during her time in between her last breath and the promise of heaven. During the this time she learns about the short life and death of Aiden. She ventures into his memories of life during the eighteenth century Europe and soon they fall in love. The thought of her leaving to enter into heaven haunts them both because Aiden cannot go with her and they will live for eternity separated. They must cherish every moment with each other because like in life they never know what moment will be their last together. When there is an unexpected turn Lindsey must face something neither of them anticipated.

How long have you been writing?
I first started writing (mostly a bunch of angst-ridden poetry) when I was in middle school as a way to deal with the emotional trauma of liking This Guy or That Guy who didn't know I was alive. Being able to purge my thoughts on paper--those words I wouldn't dare say out loud--kept me sane. It wasn't until I was married with two kids that I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. 

How was Between born?
I was watching a video of Stephenie Meyer and she seemed like a normal person. Kinda like me. I thought that if she could do it, maybe I could, too. So I did. It hasn't had the same following, though. LOL

How long did it take for you to write Between?
It took me six months to write the first draft and then I spent about 15 months editing it. The book was 800 pages when I reached the end (yikes!) so I cut it in half and focused on editing the first part, which ultimately became Between.

What other works have you done and what else do you have coming up?
Between is my first book and I am about halfway through the sequel, called Hell Transporter. Aiden is a Transporter who takes souls from earth to heaven. The sequel focuses on his counterpart who goes the other way. *cue scary music*
Where did the idea of Between come from?
I was reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and fell in love with Scotland, so that was the inspiration for my leading male character, Aiden MacRae (who, I must say, is yummy). I wanted to write a good versus evil kind of story but didn't want to do angels and demons (per se), so I spent some time noodling on it and came up with the idea of the Transporter who takes souls to heaven and this realm in between the two planes, where anything can happen. 

What words of encouragement can you give other authors who have WIPs and are trying to get published?
Certainly, there are pros and cons to going the traditional publishing route versus doing it yourself and self-publishing. I'd say it's important to determine what your goals are and then let that guide you. Additionally, no matter where you are in your writing process, start social
networking now if you haven't already done so. Create a blog and get followers. Set up an author page on Facebook. Play and connect with other writers (and readers) on Twitter. Join communities on Goodreads, LinkedIn, AbsoluteWrite, Authonomy and others. Marketing is about getting your book in front of people, so the more eyes you have access to, the more successful you will be when the time comes. Above all, be friendly and supportive!

Thanks for having me on the blog!


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Twitter:  @cynditefft

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1 comment:

  1. Great interview! I love learning about an authors journey and what gave them the inspiration to write.
    Thank you!