So excited to bring you Cindi Myers! I “sat” down and talked to her about her writing process, how she came up with her story ideas and what’s next for her!
We are happy to offer you an e-book of Always a Bridesmaid too!
What is your writing process like?
I’m a plotter, so I tend to make a lot of notes about the story and characters before I start writing. I like to plow right through the story with a rough draft, let it sit for a few weeks (or at least a few days) and then go back and do a rewrite or two. I try to write four or five days a week – more when I’m nearing a deadline. I also go away a couple of times a year with a group of writers and we do pretty much nothing but write for three or four days. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in such a dedicated chunk of time! At home, I do most of my writing first thing in the morning, before the day gets too hectic.
How did you come up with the idea for Always a Bridesmaid?
I saw this gorgeous house in Evergreen, CO and was joking with the friend that the only way I could afford to live there was if I had a bunch of roommates. The idea took hold and I wanted to write about roommates who fell in love. From there I started brainstorming and decided one thing that could bring them together was being in a wedding party, and the story sort of evolved from there.
Mike seemed so tormented and lost because of his ex-wife. How did you tap into the male emotions when writing him?
One of my husband’s friends went through a similar situation, so I modeled Mike on him. That’s the great thing about fiction – you can give the people in your life who’ve had a tough break the happy ending they deserve!
Your character of Isla is hilarious – is there someone who used for inspiration to create her?
I tend to run wild with my secondary characters. She’s not patterned after anyone specifically, I just had fun making her quirky.
Are you willing to explore “married” life for Mike & Stephanie?
Oooh – now that’s a question I’ve never considered before. I did once consider writing a romantic comedy about newlyweds who struggled with all the challenges of living together – but when you know the people are already in love, you love the romantic tension that makes a romance so fun to read. And of course, Mike and Stephanie live happily ever after!
What other genre’s would you like to write in?
I also write historical romance, historical fiction and women’s fiction. I’ve written one YA, but I’d love to do more. And I’d love to write a western steampunk!
What’s next on your agenda?
I have the first book in a new women’s fiction series coming out in November – The View From Here features a woman who inherits a gold mine from the father she never knew and sets out to rebuild her life in a small town in the mountains of Colorado.
Blurb for Always a Bridesmaid:
She’s sworn off weddings…
After two failed relationships and six stints as a bridesmaid, Stephanie Ludlow is convinced she’s man-poison. So when her hormones point due south to her sexy—but not so charming—new landlord, she can’t help the sparks that fly. It’s a good thing she’s declared a strict “no sex” policy, because Mike Brubaker might as well have “it’s not happening” tattooed across his delectable chest.
He’s sworn off love…
Spurned single dad Mike has learned the hard way women are the source of all evil and should be avoided at any cost. And that definitely includes his gorgeous new tenant. But when they’re thrown together in the wedding party from hell, both will stop at nothing to fight the heat building between them. Giving in is not an option for either of them.
May the best man—or woman—win.