I recently asked Cynthia if she ever feels that her fictional world affects or bleeds over into her real life. Below is what she had to say about it.
Hello, everyone! It’s great to be chatting at One Book Shy!
The real world—that’s where we all live every day. We have school trips. Laundry. Soccer practice. Grumpy bosses. And, often not enough time to get the million things done that we need to do.
But, for me, I actually spend a large portion of my day away from the “real” world; instead, I dive deep into the fictional worlds that I create in my stories. When I am writing my romantic suspense stories, the fictional worlds are populated by serial killers, arsonists, kidnappers, and FBI Agents. When I write my paranormal tales, the books take me into the lives of monsters (vampires, werewolves, and demons).
Some writers try to keep their writing worlds and their real world completely separate—I am not one such person. I write about the things that interest me, so my writing interests naturally spill over into my real life. I’ve always loved paranormal tales—so when I write my paranormal books, I enjoy every moment of my research. I tour haunted cemeteries in New Orleans, I go on ghost hunts at haunted light houses, and I bombard my friends with every piece of paranormal trivia that I can find.
And when I am writing my romantic suspense tales…well, then my darker side comes out. I view the world with different eyes (I can’t help it—I often write in the killer’s point of view in my story). As I go about my business, I think about how fragile life can be, and I tend to become hyper-aware of any dangers that might be lurking out there.
At parties, my books allow me to have conversations about body disposals, fire accelerants, and FBI profiling techniques. Not exactly light chit-chat. But, hey, it is interesting.
While I was writing DEADLY HEAT, I took a few days to immerse myself in a fire fighter’s lifestyle (so there was a definite bleed over into my real life!). I visited fire stations. Toured facilities. Climbed in fire trucks. And, yes, even sprayed a blast of water so I could feel the kick from the hose. Then I went back home and included my adventures in my book.
Sometimes, when real life and fiction blend, it can certainly make for a fun day. Fun—as long as no serial killers are actually involved!
Now it’s my turn for a question. How do you enjoy escaping from the real world?
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DEADLY HEAT--Available 1/25/11 from Grand Central (Forever)
DEADLY LIES--Available 3/1/11 from Grand Central (Forever)
Thank you so much for sharing a bit of yourself with us today Cynthia.
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