Interview with Cynthia Lee Mehta

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Shining, by Stephen King. It creeped me out when I read it as a thirteen year-old and I had to read it in the living room with my mom near me. I was intrigued by the telepathy and scared as hell by the lady in the bath tub!
2. Halloween, (screenplay by John Carpenter.) I read the novel before I could afford to go to the movie as a teenager, and I have to watch it every year now!
3. Any of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I was given one book for every birthday and Christmas that I had until I had the whole set, and then I re-read them every summer while growing up.
4. The Dirt, by Motley Crue. Because I just do. They raise my energy so high that I can't sleep after one of their concerts. It approaches the Divine.
5. I Am Ozzy, by Ozzy Osbourne. I met him on tour and loved the guy, I think that when people have died and have come back to us, they shine.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember asking my beautiful grandmother how to spell "trouble" when I was five or six years old. She had told me that I could write my life story, just like in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books that she gave me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I began this story five years ago. I was a happily liberated single mom and had retired from medicine at forty years old. I sat down one January and made a list of everything that I wanted to do. I wanted to win an Oscar for a screenplay, so I took a writing class at the University of Wisconsin.
The story itself is a compilation of experiences and meditations. I never met my great-grandmother, but she lived in Arkansas, which is where the Natives were moved to in the early 1800's. I thought that it was plausible that as a person of mixed heritage, maybe my ancestors met in the wilds of Florida and had this epic love story that resulted in me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
1. I continued to place for awards for excellence in writing screenplays, and at the Oaxaca Filmfest in 2013, as I was presenting my material, I realized that I had written a romance novel. The director suggested that I rewrite the screenplay into a book.
2. The other thing is that my best friends who are still married after decades read romance novels.
3. The cover of "No More Tears."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love working but not working. It's hard "fun." I love being at home.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are great supporters and great critics, because they want what's rattling around in my head and won't settle for poor quality.
What are you working on next?
I am converting my screenplay for "Meet Me Behind the Buffalo" into a romance novel. It's sort of a jailhouse rock love story. I'm planning a trip to Graceland for inspiration. I have actually traveled to a lot of the places in my books, I think that it adds depth and details that put the reader right there in the center.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mt. Hagen organic coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I go to rock concerts and rock cruises, I like driving my Challenger, working on my house, yard, cars, etc...I took apart my washer and put it back together, and put in a fasade (yes, that is how it's spelled!) ceiling. Stuff.
What is your writing process?
I think about what I want to write about, and watch for messages from the universe. Sometimes I will dream about it. It can take a good month to write a first draft, and then I will continue to revise it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The one that I remember the most was about Annie Oakley, and it was a chapter book, which was usually off limits to second graders in 1972. The teacher praised me for reading such a thick book, but what I loved was that Annie Oakley was so strong and independent.
How do you approach cover design?
Whatever lights my fire ought to be pretty good.
Published 2015-02-28.
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Books by This Author

No More Tears
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,020. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
An abandoned Spanish girl and her Native American lover defy the forced Indian removals in the wilds of Florida in the early 1800’s using the power of the Spirit world and brute brawn as they evade the sadistic Captain Iceheart of the cavalry.