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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Author Interview: Cindy Dorminy

Good morning! Good morning! It’s the halfway point in the week, those of you who are already belly crawling through your week (Me) just need to hang in there a bit, we’re almost at the end of the week! Meanwhile I’d like to welcome author Cindy Dorminy back to the blog. Cindy has a new book coming out next week and it just might be what you’re looking for!

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 and her adult sweet romance, Left Hanging (Red Adept Publishing) was released march 2017. In A Jam (Red Adept Publishing) will be released summer of 2018.

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.

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Adria: Hi Cindy! Thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions today! How are things in your part of the world?
Cindy: Usually it’s warm and sunny in Nashville during the spring. But this year, it’s been very dreary. I cannot wait to get settled in my screened-in porch and write for the summer. If there is one thing that’s true about Nashville it is this: if you don’t like the weather, just wait a day because it will change

Adria: You’re getting ready for the release of your upcoming book, In a Jam on April 10. Can you tell me a little about it? What is it about and what was the inspiration behind the story?
Cindy: In a Jam was so much fun to write. Even though I was born in a super tiny town, I grew up in the burbs of Atlanta. However, my husband is from a small town in South Georgia and for the last 30 years, I’ve spent more time there than I can remember. And my first time visiting Boston made me feel like a fish out of water, so I wondered what it would feel like to be forced to move from the big city to a small town where ever drink is Coke even if it’s RC Cola. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you haven’t spent enough time down in the South – All ‘sodas’ are Coke!)
In a Jam is the story of Andie and Gunnar. Andie’s grandmother has recently passed away and left her entire lottery winnings to her… but there’s always a catch. Andie has to move to the sleepy little town (ick), sober up (uh-oh), and run the coffee shop (In a Jam) for six weeks (great… it only has one kind of coffee). Oh yeah, she has to enter her grandmother’s jam in the county fair (that’s not fair at all!). If she cannot do all of these things, all the money goes to the local church – and the Jackson sisters are always right around the corner hoping she’ll mess up. These grannies even have a blog to keep the town up to date on Andie’s whereabouts.
Gunnar is the small town police officer that is ‘George Clooney with a twang’ (Andie’s words, not mine). He has seen his town go from being quaint, to down-right run down. After Andie’s six weeks’ sentence is up, he knows she can sell the shop and leave town faster than a sinner running out of church. He wants his hometown to succeed, but after spending time with Andie, he wants her to stay for even sweeter reasons. You’ll have read the story to find out what happens with Andie and Gunnar.

Adria: Were there any specific challenges that you faced while writing In a Jam?
Cindy: Yes. I wanted Andie to sound like she was from Boston, but didn’t want to overwhelm the reader with the dialect. It can be distracting at times, so I tried to choose Boston specific words, like ‘pissa’ instead of ‘chowda’ or ‘cah’, etc. That can get very annoying at times. And I didn’t want to poke fun at the southerners either because we aren’t all uneducated hillbillies. I had to find the right balance of being regional without being disrespectful.

Adria: What is it about the romance genre that made you want to write it?
Cindy: I love feel good, happy, funny stories. Andie ‘thinks’ she has a great life and dreads the move, but the more she opens up to the town (and Gunnar), the more she realizes that home is where you hang your apron.

Adria: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done an internet search for while writing a book?
Cindy: Ha! What alcohol content would remain after boiling strawberries for jam.

Adria: If you could go back to right before you started writing your first book, is there any advice you’d give yourself?
Cindy: In a Jam started as a screenplay I wrote many, many, many years ago called Champagne Jam. While the basic story is the same, I changed a lot (even the ending). I wish I had not thought the novel had to be like the screenplay because I wasted time trying to make it work, when it obviously wasn’t.

Adria: Every writer experiences writer’s block once in a while, how do you deal with it? Do you have a way to break out of it?
Cindy: It’s very frustrating and I often doubt myself or the value of the story. I’ve had to abandon some ideas, but never delete them because there might be a time when something will hit me to continue the story on.
When I get stuck, I may catch up on my reading list, or start another story. Going for a walk is always a great way to clear my head. But the best way for me to get over a huge plot hump is to go to sleep with the scene in my head. Many times, I will wake up and my solution is at the forefront of my mind, like I can see it. And that revised scene won’t leave my brain until I get it on paper

Adria: When you’re not writing what do you enjoy doing on your spare time? Any must watch movies or tv shows?
Cindy: I try to exercise every day. I’m a former competitive body-builder so I have a weight room in my house. I love to spend time with my teenage daughter and husband of almost thirty years! My daughter and I love to watch teen angst movies on Netflix and my husband and I are hooked on Poldark. I mean… come on. The scenery, the time period…. Aidan Turner. What’s not to like?

Adria: Cindy, thank you for taking the time to chat with me, is there anything you’d like people to know?
Cindy: You can always stay in touch with me by following me on Instagram, Facebook, and on Twitter. Also, I’m on Goodreads and BookBub.
If you like In a Jam, I would LOVE it if you would leave a review. That’s the sweetest thing you can ever do for a writer!!

You can pre-order In a Jam now on Amazon and while you wait why not pick up a copy of Cindy’s other two books,

Andie Carson has to do three things to inherit her grandmother’s lottery winnings—sober up, spend a month running her grandmother’s Georgia coffee shop, and enter homemade jam in the county fair. If she can’t meet those terms, the money goes to the church, and Andie gets nothing. She figures her tasks will be easy enough, and once she completes them, Andie plans to sell the shop, take the money, and run back to Boston.

After a rough breakup from his crazy ex-fiancée, Officer Gunnar Wills decides to take a hiatus from women. All he wants is to help make his small town thrive the way it did when he was a kid. But when wild and beautiful Andie shows up, Gunnar’s hesitant heart begins to flutter.

Gunnar knows that Andie plans to leave, but he’s hoping to change her mind, fearful that if her coffee shop closes, Main Street will fold to the big-box corporations and forever change the landscape of his quaint community. But convincing her to stay means getting close enough to risk his heart in the process. Even though Gunnar makes small-town life seem a little sweeter, Andie has to decide if she’s ready to turn her world upside down and give up big-city life. One thing’s for sure—it’s a very sticky situation.

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