Cindy Tomamichel writes in multiple genres, everything from fantasy and sci-fi to nonfiction and self-help. She has five published books and her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies.
She has an adventurous spirit and celebrated a recent birthday by jumping out of a plane, but says she is “happiest when writing, accompanied by the sound of cat purring.”
“Every book is a portal to a new world,” says Cindy. “Worlds where the heroines don’t wait to be rescued, and the heroes earn that title the hard way.”
Let’s get to know Cindy:
Q: What or who inspired you to start writing and how long have you been writing?
A: Not sure it was the first story, but the first I remember was a fan fiction of Dr Who. Written some 30 years ago, it was a stirring tale of the Doctor regenerating as a woman – so prophetic, but a long time coming in reality.
Q: Please tell us a little about your books and what inspired you to write them.
A: I write in a variety of genres, but most often it has a fantasy element. I have science fiction and alternate history short stories in anthologies, romance and adventure ones in the Rhetoric Askew Publishing anthologies. Novels include my multi generation time travel series Druid’s Portal. Back in time to Roman Britain, with gritty history and romance.
Inspiration often strikes out of random thoughts. I’ve had a one word prompt turn into a short story which then grew into a 100,000 word fantasy novel. You never quite know!
Q: You have written several different genres as well as fiction and nonfiction. Do you have a favorite?
A: They all have their good and bad points. Historicals take a lot of research, but its fun to put a fantasy twist on an event, and back it up with archeological evidence. Fantasy is fun to make up, but you still need elements of reality in world building. Non fiction is a way for me to help others in the writing community- if it took me a bit to learn it, then no doubt someone else is having more trouble!
Q: How were your books published? (i.e. self-published, traditional publisher)
Q: Do you have a writing routine? Where/when do you usually write?
A: I much prefer writing in a rush, so often do NaNo (National Write a Novel in November). This helps me focus and create exclusively. I do write through the year, just not so frenetically. I most often write on a desktop at home, but I also have a folding keyboard which Bluetooth connects to my phone and Google Docs. I can take this anywhere, and so cafes are a good choice when I need to get out of the house.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about writing?
A: Making sure all the plot details circle around and tie together. Foreshadowing and small details that become major event movers later on are fu
Q: What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
A: By far the hardest is editing. The fun of creation is practically gone, and I am left with hours of loathing as I remove commas, check POV and other ghastly problems. Sometimes I wonder who wrote such drivel!
Q: How do you come up with ideas for your books?
A: This has always fascinated me, the concept of ideas-novels- characters- that exist in some recess of the writers brain, yet never emerge unless triggered. Terry Pratchett wrote that the universe is a sleeting rain of ideas, and only a few are tuned into them. It’s like reaching into a nest of scorpions, yet with the right keyword you pull out a kitten.
Q: What advice do you have for those who are thinking about writing a book and those who have written a book, but don’t know the next steps?
A: The advice ‘Don’t think – Do’ is valuable here. None of us want to die filled with regrets about projects never started, or completed. Writing a book? Try doing Nano, or if pressure hurts, then just grab a notebook or a file, and start it. You’ll know by a few thousand words if you want to keep going.
If you have written a book, that’s great! However, quite often an author never gets their first published. Get in and start another book. In your spare time, connect with other authors, get some other eyes on your work- other readers in your genre (not your Mum).
Build an author platform and decide on a pathway that suits you. Lots of time and money? Get it edited, then get stuck into sending it to large publishers. No money and plenty of time? Try smaller publishers such as Rhetoric Askew Publishing. Money but no time? Try a self publishing helper such as Reedsy. Some money and some time? Self publish but prepare to buy a cover, buy editing and do your own marketing. Mind you, whatever path you take, you’ll end up doing your own marketing.
No part of getting a book published is terribly easy – and it may not be for you. Think and learn from other authors and then decide if it is for you.
Q: What are the most difficult topics for you to write about?
A: The death of an innocent or a hero is gut wrenching, as it should be. Writing it should be hard, bringing up emotions in both writer and reader.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: Not being able to predict the ending is good! I like fast paced stuff generally, although slow beautiful language and images (Ray Bradbury) is something that inspires me.
Q: What are some of your favorite books/authors to read?
A: RE Howard, Tolkien (except for the elf songs), CS Lewis, Peter O’Donnell (Modesty Blaise), Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie and James White short stories, Ellis Peters, Heinlein and ER Burroughs. Matthew Reilly and Stephen Donaldson if I must include authors that are still alive.
Q: What other interests do you have besides writing?
A: Gardening, baking. Being a lap for cats.
I have also just started a business helping authors establish their platforms (profiles, newsletters and graphics etc) which is keeping me busy.
Q: Do you have any books currently in the works? If so, do you have an estimated publication date?
A: Umm.. yes. 2020 is going to be a busy year. I am writing the rest of the Druids Portal series, have a couple of books to self publish (sci-fi) and have a contemporary romance (set in outback Australia) coming out in the first Rhetoric Askew box set in December. My nonfiction, The Organized Author, will also be published this year with Rhetoric Askew.
Get in touch with Cindy:
Amazon Author page: https://amazon.com/author/cindytomamichel
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