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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Author Interview: Cindy Dorminy!

Good morning everyone! Today I have author Cindy Dorminy on the blog to talk about her book, Left Hanging. It sounds like it could take a reader on one heck of a ride!

About Cindy:
After several decades of writing medical research documents, Cindy decided to switch gears and write stories where the chances of happy endings are 100% and the side effects include satisfied sighs, permanent smiles, and a chuckle or two. She writes romance novels with a slice of humor that range from historical romance to southern fried romantic comedies. Her young adult debut novel, Tuned Into You (BookFish Books) was released in June 2016.

Cindy was born in Texas and raised in Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and her Master’s Degree from The University of Georgia. Cindy enjoys gardening, reading, bodybuilding and a whole bunch of movies. She can be overheard quoting lines from her favorite movies… a lot. But her favorite pastime is spending time with Mark, her bass playing husband, Maddie Rose, the coolest girl on the planet, and fur child Daisy Mae.

She currently resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.





My furkids.
Adria: Hi Cindy! Welcome to my little space on the internet!

I hear you have a fur baby named Daisy Mae. I love fur children, I have four, three cats (Clockwise from left: Spencer, Amelia, and Orion) and a silly dog named Hayley Bean. Care to share a photo of your fur baby? 


Daisy Mae. Isn't she a cutie pie????
 Cindy: Hi Spencer, Amelia, Orion, and Hayley. Daisy says “Hey y’all / woof.”

Daisy is such a love bug. We got her at the Nashville Humane Association when she was a year old. 


Daisy Mae is a Chihuahua mixed with various other breeds. When people ask us what kind of dog she is, we reply, “She’s a Daisy Dog because we don’t have a clue what she is. She’s eleven now.




Tell me a little about yourself, I read your bio and it says that you live in Nashville, TN. I’m a big music fan, especially modern day country music (Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban… I could go on and on), what is it like living in a city where live music is everywhere? To me it sounds like a dream! 

Nashville is a pretty cool place to live. It’s grown so much since we moved here in 1997. It’s not uncommon to see singers / musicians around town doing normal stuff: buying groceries (Belle Mead Kroger) going to the movies (Green Hills Cinema - *cough* Keith Urban), eating breakfast (Pancake Pantry), or getting coffee (West End Starbucks *cough* Keith Urban). However, it’s an unwritten rule to leave them be. Since they are part of our community, we let them be ‘normal’ people as much as possible. I think that’s one of the reasons many musicians like to live here (not just country artists) – they can be themselves without having someone asking for an autograph or a selfie with them. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen. I am saying that when it happens, it’s a dead giveaway that it’s a tourist (that and the cowboy hat…. No one wears cowboy hats here!).

And yes, there is no shortage of live music. The craziest places you can find live music here would either be the airport or… no wait, it’s the shoe department at Macy’s Green Hills. (I am not kidding – during Christmas, they had live music!).


Did music play any kind of role in writing you book Left Hanging? What I mean is, do you have a playlist or maybe Theo and Darla have a “song” that is just theirs.
I am so boring. I do not listen to music while I’m writing. That doesn’t mean there isn’t music going on in my house. I am married to a musician, after all.

In case people aren’t familiar with your book, can you tell me what Left Hanging is about and where you got the idea for the story itself?
As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella.

When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.


Once Darla realizes Theo doesn’t know he’s Stella’s father, she has no idea how to tell him the truth. And the longer she waits, the more difficult it becomes. When the situation spins out of control, can the two come together for the sake of their daughter? Or is forgiveness out of reach?

 
This story, like most of my ideas, started with a ‘what if’ moment. I knew I wanted a secret baby story, but wasn’t sure how to pull it off and be a little different. At the time, I worked in a medical center fitness center and yes, we did screenings for all of the new physicians in training (house staff). I got to meet all sorts of people and one of them stuck out among the crowd (he became famous (or infamous) recently for almost dying of a really bad disease, but he’ll remain anonymous here because he’s too cool of a dude to share the real life “Theo” with the rest of the world). I started to formulate an idea and then I had to table my writing for several years due to work, school, having a baby – no free time at all. When I picked back up on the idea, I ran with it and that’s where my character, Isaac came from (Thanks, Keith!). After I finished a few drafts of the completed story, I started working with Kristen House (A Novel Idea) and she really helped me shape the story. She made me “chase my characters up a tree and throw apples at them.” Apparently, I’m too nice to my characters and she helped me be cruel. The idea for what happens in the last third of the book came from another real-life story where I work. Truth is stranger than fiction!

Many rejection letters later, I decided to table this project and focus on writing YA. I only submitted Tuned Into You to a few agents when I got a bite from a publisher. I signed the contract and for the next year, I focused on getting that baby ready for the world to see.

But Left Hanging wouldn’t leave me alone. I loved that story so much and I didn’t want to say goodbye to Theo and Darla, so I picked it back up, revised it again and submitted it to publishers. I got three offers and eventually signed with Red Adept Publishing. I’m so happy they saw what I did in this project.


What is one thing that Theo and/or Darla would be embarrassed for people to know about them?
Since Theo is a preacher’s kid and a playful person, I can only assume he was a rascal growing up. I can picture him getting in trouble during some of his father’s sermons. For Darla, since she was raising Stella on her own, I bet she had little time to do chores. I can totally see her running out of clean underwear and having to do a quick wash in the sink before her shift at the hospital.

Can you describe your romance writing style in five words or less? Is it sweet? Sassy?Something else entirely?
Fun, sweet, carefree. I know there is a dark place in Left Hanging, but the overall theme is about forgiveness and second chances. But to get Theo and Darla to that point, they had to go to a really dark place first.

Left Hanging is a contemporary romance but is there a sub-genre of romance you’d like to try writing? Or perhaps an entirely different genre altogether?
The first novel I ever wrote was a historical romance and I doubt it will ever see the light of day. Maybe if I am ever bored, I’ll re-visit that story. It was about a female soldier in the American Civil War. 

Last year, I published my first young adult romance. YA isso much fun to write. And with a teenager in the house, I get to bounce ideas off of her. I have some YA novels in draft form as well as a few other adult projects. It’s hard to know which one to focus on next.


What authors do you like to read on your spare time?
I read a variety of authors from chick-lit, to dystopian, to YA. 

Chick-lit / Romance : Jennifer Peel, Monique McDonell, Rich Amooi, Anaa Katmore, Tracie Banister, Matt Dunn.


On the darker side / scifi : David Estes, Oz Monroe, Jared Garrett, James Dashner, Neal Schusternann, Marie Lu.


For YA, I like: Melanie Marks, Sarah Dessen, Tiffany King, Cassie Mae, Angie Stanton
As you can see, I’m all over the place.


Cindy, it’s been great chatting with you, I just have one more question for you, what are you working on now?
I have four projects in draft form. Yikes. Two YA – one being contemporary romance and the other is contemporary fantasy with romantic elements. For the two adult projects - one is more chick-lit and the other is book 2 of Left Hanging (Tommy’s story).

On top of all that, I’m collaborating with some other authors on a collection of Christmas novellas, all the stories based out of the same small town in Vermont. With all that going on, I ping pong through projects to keep from getting bored.


Thank you so much for your time I really appreciate it!
Thank you!!

As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella.

When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.

Once Darla realizes Theo doesn’t know he’s Stella’s father, she has no idea how to tell him the truth. And the longer she waits, the more difficult it becomes. When the situation spins out of control, can the two come together for the sake of their daughter? Or is forgiveness out of reach?

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