Interview with Cynthia Lorraine

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! I feel so blessed to wake up every morning and create the day I want to live. I'm grateful for everyone I have in my life. My three daughters especially.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sewing. Reading. Horseback riding. I go to poetry readings and group meditations. I love to people watch especially at the park. You don't know the people or their story. It can sometimes be inspiration for a new story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Street: A Novel by Ann Petry
The Bible
Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson
I know that is six, but Unlimited Power and A Course in Miracles are a tie. These books are my favorite because I can read them over and over again even though I know the ending. For The Godfather and Memoirs of a Geisha, there are scenes in the books that I love. The filmmakers either changed them or didn't include them.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the writing of W.E.B. Dubois and not just because they were required readings. The first "adult" book I ever read was by author Sydney Sheldon. I wanted to write stories like that. Stories that kept you turning the page.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read travel magazines for pleasure followed closely by historical creative nonfiction. I love true stories brought to life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. My family was visiting relatives in Pamona, California. My little cousin was on a camping trip with the Blue Birds or something like that. I was stuck at the house with three male cousins and my younger baby brother.
I complained to my dad I was bored. He asked for a pencil and some paper and told me to write him a story of a picture on the wall. It was a picture of an elderly man fishing in a boat.
I wrote about a judge who used to dream of retiring and fishing while he presided over court cases. Now retired and fishing in his boat, he relived some of the exciting cases he had heard in court. I think I was in sixth grade.
What is your writing process?
First I fret because I panic over not having an idea of what to write.
Then I step away and complete something that I've procrastinated doing. Somewhere in the middle of completing something I didn't want to do, I'll get an idea usually in the form of an ending. I write to the ending.
I also use outlines. I love the snowflake method.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story ever read to me was the book of Genesis (the Bible). My mother read it to me and my younger brother.
I remember asking her if she would read it to us again, but she was really tired that day. She told me I could read it.
I stumble upon the story of David and Bathsheba. Reminded me of a soap opera. I remember each time predicting,
"And he did evil in the sight of the Lord." and laughing when I read it. I've since repented for laughing.
How do you approach cover design?
I outsource it. I usually will give a graphic designer a synopsis of my story. Once they give me a few samples, I can better guide them towards the final design.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most are recommended based on what I've already read. My first ebook was a free offering from Samsung. When I installed Kindle, I learned I was entitled to a free download every month. I've read books in genres I might not have otherwise explored because of the free offering.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung tablet followed closely by my laptop. I will not board an international fight without my tablet.
Published 2018-02-22.
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Books by This Author

Runs in the Family
Pre-release—available May 6, 2019. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In Runs In the Family, Cynthia Lorraine explores the harmony and heartache of family relationships and the roles that loyalty, love, and the past play in determining the future. Each story explores the family drama and the ties that bind the flawed, yet ultimately endearing characters as family