Interview with Cyndia Rios-Myers

What inspired you to start writing?
There were stories in my head and in my heart that were not in other books. Also, I've always been a daydreamer and an introvert; I loved playing the "What If" game in my head - what if I'd said yes, what if he'd said no, what if I had gone left instead of right... Writing allowed me to live out fantasies that had taken residence in my head. What was great about that was that once the stories were told, new ones would move in to take the spots of the old ones.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Women's fiction with a touch of romance. I love the road to recovery that women must walk once they've made a mistake or bad choice in life. There is so much to be learned from that journey! I also like writing about what happens to my protagonists once they've found love. I've been fortunate enough to find my happy ending with my husband, but the truth is that relationships keep moving and evolving. I love taking the reader on a trip through someone else's relationship and what makes them work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the place!! I was born in Boston, moved to Ohio, moved to Milwaukee, WI, moved to San Antonio, TX, and then moved to Arecibo, Puerto Rico - all before I turned 11. That taught me a lot about culture shock and the difference of people. Already a shy person, it taught me how to observe people from all walks of life and how to fantasize about what their lives might have been like.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a very, very, very bad romance novel about teenaged groupies that go after their favorite hair band to find love. It was bad. I think that I was about 15 years old when I wrote that, a bored teenager who loved hair bands.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The last book I published was Razed by the Wolf: Book 7 of The Wolves. It was the final installment (in novella form) in a series on werewolves. It has more of a women's fiction bend to it than romance (although that certainly factors in) and has horror elements to it as well.

Here is the write up for it: Even with the complications of having a toddler, werewolf daughter declaring the fact that she has a mate, life is pretty good for Lana Bauer. She has a sweet, hardworking (and hot) husband, a good family, a great pack and a fulfilling home life. But sometimes, in life, everything is okay until it is not.

Wolf reminds Lana that she is not human by pulling her into werewolf disputes that she must adjudicate. Her judgments levy both life and death – but nothing compared to the punishment she will deliver for the individuals responsible from taking the thing that means the most to her. Old Lana returns, resulting in the wilds of Germany and Austria being Razed by the Wolf.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried the regular route! I sent query letter after query letter to prospective agents, but mostly got rejected. I did have one "maybe" if I would have reduced the content of my first novel (The Song of the Sleeping Grass) by half. I didn't do that. I got a "yes", but it was from a for-profit agent (wanted payment every month before landing a publishing contract), which made me skeptical.

This indie world of writing is unchartered territory. It is at times scary, disheartening, rewarding and even exciting. The stimulation I get from trying to market my books (I was a business major) is rewarding onto itself - especially me, being that I am a homeschooling/stay-at-home-mom/military spouse (as things can get monotonous with those roles).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has exposed me to markets outside of Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and even America. It has made me perfect my work, and my methods.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to know the fictional characters who take up residence in my head, and introducing them to the world! Also, I love the curve balls that the fictional characters throw at me. Sometimes I will start writing one book, but then it turns into something else altogether.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love hearing that people love my work. Love that! I don't have much of a fan club yet, but here's to hoping that that changes very soon.
What are you working on next?
I am currently writing a book (in longhand and in composition notebooks - no lie) about a true post-apocalyptic world - a world where the apocalypse has ended and old, regular life has resumed. The heroine (who met her hero and married him) has to adjust to life as a wife and mother and not a warrior (anymore), which is surprisingly difficult for her, as she was raised in a world full of wars. I am about 60% of the way through.
Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon, Jean Auel, Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn...there are tons more that I know I am forgetting.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband, my awesome son, and writing! Also, I am an early riser/morning person, which helps.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Nice Shootin' Tex!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,090. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The heart of an artist secretly resides in the body of a beautiful, young sharpshooter by the name of Lauren McCoy. While Lauren’s hands can quickly operate a trigger on any sort of weapon, as well as capturing the essence of the hogs she and her family hunts, they aren’t so good with catching love and hanging onto it
Razed by the Wolf: Book Seven of The Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,220. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Even with the complications of having a toddler, werewolf daughter declaring the fact that she has a mate, life is pretty good for Lana Bauer. She has a sweet, hardworking (and hot) husband, a good family, a great pack and a fulfilling home life. But sometimes, in life, everything is okay until it is not.
Unveiled by the Wolf: Book Six of the Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,120. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Life lived by werewolves is not meant to be placid and calm. The nature of one of the Bauer pack wolves mutates, which threatens their safety. A hard decision must be made by the alphas to ensure their survival, as a shocking change is Unveiled by the Wolf.
The End of Thunder and Lightning: Alanna's Fall
Price: Free! Words: 29,980. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
The End of Thunder and Lightning: Alanna's Fall tells the story of Alanna - a powerful and beautiful young woman who hails from the Clan of Thunder and Lightning. She knows that her death is inevitable and is coming soon. However, she hopes to use her powers to take down as many vampires as she can and hopefully find love as well.
Defended by the Wolf - Book Five of the Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,830. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Bauer family (and pack) is learning how to live with the loss of Gunter and are trying to find a replacement for him in their pack. The pups are growing and are presenting their own challenges to Lana and Jorgen. Still, they manage to find a strong and stable new pack member who helps them manage the stresses that come with being werewolves.
Condemned by the Wolf: Book Four of the Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,870. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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Old blood is cleaned and new blood is spilled; the wolves of the Bauer pack must clean up messes in Germany as well as in Lana's home country of America.
Mated by the Wolf: Book Three of the Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Book three in the series "The Wolves". The pack encounters troubles with Anna's old beau in her old pack. Jorgen and Lana must decide what the best course of action is in order to ensure Anna's safety. Of course, Frank and Gunter have something to say. Life is hard and fast when living by the tooth and claw and everything comes with a price.
Gifted by the Wolf: Book Two of the Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,000. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Gifted by the Wolf: Book Two of the Wolves is the installment after Rescued by the Wolf: Book One. Lana and Jorgen have happily settled into married life in Germany. However, the wolf has more gifts in mind for Lana - offspring. To protect their new family must form a pack. However, their choices in pack mates will affect their future in ways they could not predict.
Rescued by the Wolf Book One of the Wolves
Series: The Wolves, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,200. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Lana Boxer is a child-abuse survivor and now Social Worker who is living and working on autopilot. Lana’s only light comes from her friend Jenny, her coworker. One day after a difficult case, Jenny goes missing. Confusing matters, Jenny resurfaces but only to let her family know that she'll never see them again. Lana searches and finds her among a den of werewolves which Lana also becomes.
Joppa Park
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
This is the story of Kim Peters, a recent grad who takes a job as a probationary park ranger at Joppa National Park in No. California. Not only does Kim have to compete for the position against an unscrupulous probationary park ranger, she must also compete for the attention of a seasoned ranger by the name of James Steele. Adding to that, she must help catch a killer on the loose in Joppa Park.
The Song of the Sleeping Grass
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 141,140. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Song of the Sleeping Grass tells the story of Rebecca Campbell, an Army wife who stood by her man during a long and dangerous deployment. However, while deployed, Bradley Campbell decided that the easiest way to get through the trauma was to take on a soldier girlfriend. After a long fight, Becky gives Bradley his divorce and decides to go to Scotland on a vacation and finds true love.