Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
My name is Cindy Tanner. I am a hoarder of books, lover of animals, and romance writer.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
The ones that come after. First in series, when the ideas are so fresh and big is so easy to get words down. Because I’m a panster it can be easy to write myself into a corner. I also write chapters out of order, focusing on certain scenes within the story as milestones so further into a series I go the more I need a time machine to go and fix consistency issues for the timeline.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I don’t fear the delete button. We have a love/hate relationship. As painful as it is to take away from the word count if something bores me or seems repetitive it has to go to keep things interesting. I find it important to make sure I am getting plenty of life experiences. If I let my personal life get boring I find that my writing tends to fall a little flat. As a writer I constantly need new experiences to feed my muse, even if it something small like trying new food or new music.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Everyone has a different path to success. Define what your success means to you and plan out how to get there. There is no golden ticket that guarantees success. Sometimes it take trial and error to find what is going to work.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
Can I plead the fifth?
My writing schedule is not as consistent as I would like. I set hours office for myself everyday but often that time is spent on other tasks like marketing, emails, social media, or edits.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Cassie, my Phoenix from an unreleased paranormal I have been working on. She is a fighter who is full of sass and doesn’t know when to give up.
What is your definition of success?
I think of success as a ladder. The first rung was finding readers that liked what wrote, then it was hitting a sales goal, then paying bills with royalties. The more rungs I climb the more I add. I want to hit a best selling list and increase my backlist. I also hope to get to collaborate and cowrite a few things in the future as well.
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