Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author
Cindy Jacks on her tour for her contemporary romantic
comedy, All the Good Men.
Thanks so much for having me as your guest today
and letting me chat about myself and my book,
All the Good Men.
1. Who is Cindy Jacks?
I think I'm just a big kid at heart. I love to
try new things, from experimental cooking to
belly dancing, I love pushing the edge of
my comfort zone and skill set. I hope
that zest for life comes through in my writing.
2. What genre do you write? Why?
I write romance and erotica as Cindy Jacks
and horror, paranormal, and suspense as
CJ Elliott. Romantic and sexual situations
appeal to me because I'm endlessly fascinated
by interpersonal relationships. I had an art history
teacher who said, “There are as many ways to
be human as there are people on this planet.”
I think the same holds true for love.
As for the horror and suspense work I do, it's
because I'm a big fan of both genres. I can't get
enough of paperback thrillers, lol.
3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part for me is going through edits. Not
because I don't want to change my work, but
I'm very critical of myself so I feel like every
comment or suggested change is something I
should've thought of on my own. I'm a
perfectionist and I can be awfully hard on myself.
4. Do you ever have problems with writers block?
If so how do you get through it?
At times, I don't feel like writing, but I think as
a professional, I don't have the luxury of being
undisciplined about my craft so I just keep
approaching the laptop every day, sometimes
several times a day. Even if I eke out just a few
words, it's better than avoiding the work by
playing Mario Kart all day—which I've also
been known to do, lol. If I keep bouncing ideas
against the wall eventually I'll have a breakthrough.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing
or thinking about writing/editing?
Much of my day is spent with my family. My
five-year-old son is always showing me different
ways to view the world. The other day he said,
“If the sky were orange juice, I could drink it.”
I found that so profound I wrote it down, lol.
When I'm not keeping up with the family or
writing, I keep in shape by belly dancing and
doing yoga. I'm also a very creative person
so I draw, paint, and make jewelry. And then
there's also that nasty Mario Kart habit I
6. When did you realize you wanted to write?
I've wanted to be an author as long as I can remember.
My parents gave me a huge gift by teaching me to
love books. Reading has always been a big part
of my life and reading great works of fiction
made me want to create my own novels and short stories.
7. While working on a story, do you directly onto the
computer or are there notebooks and plot ideas
jotted down in various places?
I usually write directly on the computer—I can't
function without my laptop. But when the
weather's nice outside, I'll take my son to the park
and write in a notebook. Sometimes writing the
ay with pen and paper brings
about interesting results because there's this
sort of built-in editing process that takes place
when I transcribe the handwritten work to the computer.
8. From your own writing, do you have a favourite story or character? Why?
I think All the Good Men is shaping up to be my
favorite book, though it didn't start out that way.
It came from an off-handed idea that I thought
would turn out 'fluffier' than the book actually did.
It's was also a struggle to get to know the characters
and to get the right balance of romance, comedy,
and drama. But I think because the book was
difficult to get right, it means more now that
it's out in the world for public consumption.
I feel like I earned the success.
9. Tell us one thing about you we don’t know.
I have an outrageous shoe fetish. I love shoes,
particularly very feminine, spectacularly stylish heels.
I think I have about thirty pairs. I know they're
horrible for my feet, but I don't care. My love
of shoes runs so deep, I wrote an entire book
about a pair of red high heels designed by
Beth Levine that drift from owner to owner and
an 6 decades. Taking Off: the Red Shoe
Collection is another one of my favorite books,
probably because it was the easiest for me to write, lol.
Thank you again for having me!
Below are my links to share with readers.
I enjoyed the interview so much!
Buy it now: All the Good Men
But it now: Taking Off—the Red Shoe Collection
Thanks for being here, Cindy!!
Here's a bit about All the Good Men
Good things come in forty-something
Dahlia is sure the hackneyed platitude is true: After
a certain age, all the good men are married or gay.
She feels her thirty-eight years put her well past
that 'certain age.' Her best friend and her sisters
dare her to put her fate where her mouth is.
The terms of the challenge?
During the month of October, she has to end
her five-year-long man fast and go on dates
with men of their choosing. Oh, and she
also has to go out with anyone else who asks.
As the date disasters pile up, the vindication
almost makes the torturous evenings bearable
for Dahlia. But a handsome new neighbor,
Jackson Carmichael, moves in, changing the
rules of the game. Retired after twenty-six years
as a pro firefighter in Boston, he volunteers
with the local fire department, coaches a youth
hockey team, and appears for all the world
to be the perfect man. He just might throw a
wrench into Dahlia's plan to die lonely and
single...that is if she doesn't scare him away first.