Welcome Guest Blogger: Author Cynthia MacGregor

Welcome, Author Cynthia MacGregor!

Find her books HERE

Blurb from Ring in the New:

Ellyn was sure Kirk was Mr. Wrong, but she is still single and now in her thirties. Was she holding out for non-existent perfection? Then she meets Chad and thinks she may have finally found love...but Chad clearly has a secret past he isn’t sharing.

When Ellyn loses the ring that signifies the bond between her and Chad and also reminds her of her mother’s eyes, she wonders if she has lost everything...including Chad. Or is he just another Mr. Wrong?

Let's get to know, Cynthia...

1.) I hear you write mostly non-fiction books. What made you venture into romantic fiction?

I had an idea for a book. When you have an idea, you can’t ignore it. You have to run with it. You can’t just say, “I’m a nonfiction writer. I don’t write novels.” You thank the Universe (God, whatever name you want to chalk it up to) for putting the idea in your head, and you do your best to do it justice.

Actually, I have written a few other novels — three more romances that are forthcoming from BookStrand, and two non-romances that I have not yet been able to interest any publisher in (but I’m still trying). And I have written children’s picturebooks, both fiction and nonfiction, though of the fiction ones, only one has been published thus far. I’ve had — not surprisingly — better luck with the nonfiction ones.

2.) How important is a happily ever after in a romance novel?

Well, I’m a sucker for happy endings. I recognize that not all of Real Life is like that. Even in my own life, I’ve had my share of unhappy or mixed endings: I’ve had a failed marriage, some relationships that went sour (though currently I’m happily living-with), so I know true life doesn’t always end with a walk arm-in-arm into the glowing sunset—figuratively speaking. But I think most people who want to read a romance novel want to read a happy ending. If they’re looking for a book with a “downer” ending, they’re searching in some genre other than romance. But then, that’s only my opinion, and I don’t claim to be a romance specialist!

3.) You have a massive non-fiction backlist. When do you find time to write?

Kinda all day. Well, not literally—I’m a full-time freelance writer/editor and, as such, I work on a variety of projects, which usually includes a mix of writing and editing. At any given time I usually have several different projects on the table, and these might include one or more books I’m writing, and perhaps a project or two that I’m ghostwriting for someone else — my ghostwritten projects are not included in my tally of nearly 60 books published — and perhaps some short-form writing or business writing that I’ve been hired to do, and perhaps an editing project or two, which might be a book or a magazine or, again, some business writing I’ve been hired to edit. In sum, I don’t work on one project at a time.

On any given day, I’m normally juggling plural projects. But I write fast, and I work seven days/week. Well, “six and two halves.” Saturday mornings I normally have theatre group rehearsal (though we’re on hiatus right now) and in the fall I’ll be teaching writing classes again—that will be Saturday mornings before the theatre group rehearsals. And Sunday mornings I lead services—I’m also an ordained New Thought minister, something that happened later in life for me. So I work five days + two afternoons. Also I get up by/before 5 AM daily. I hit the ground running, pulling some clothes on, grabbing a cup of iced coffee out of the fridge, and get to my email, which is a mix of biz and personal. So, with the biz part of it, you can say I’m already at work. I try to finish the email by 6, read the morning paper for an hour, then there are certain websites I check daily and then I’m at it, writing or editing, whatever the first thing is I have on tap for that particular day. And it’s still only a little after 7 AM.

4.) Are there any other areas of fiction that you'd be interested in writing? Will you continue to write romance?

I do have three more romances already written and scheduled to be published by BookStrand soon. I also have some notes toward a fifth romance, which I may or may not actually write. Let me see how sales go for Ring in the New and the three forthcoming ones, which all deal with rubenesque women (that is not true of Ring in the New). Then I’ll decide whether it’s worth taking the time to write this fifth romance, which is a “cougar” story. As I mentioned earlier, I also have two other novels, which are not romances and have not been published, which I’d like to see in print somewhere. Will I write another novel beyond that? If I get a great idea, I’m probably going to run with it. But most of my ideas do seem to be for nonfiction.

5.) What are you working on now and what can we expect from you in the future?

Currently: I’m editing an issue of a magazine that’s been coming to me in dribs and drabs, one article at a time. I’m ghostwriting a novel — I can’t be too specific about the topic because of my confidentiality agreement with the nominal “author,” except I will say the topic is religious. I’m working on what I intend to be an e-book on the subject of how to write your memoirs. I’m doing some work for a fellow who supplies blogs for commercial websites. I’m doing some writing work for a series of “Adult” (yes, I do mean sexually explicit) websites.

I have four chapters of a YA (Young Adult) novel in-house for editing — the author wants to send queries to prospective publishers and plans to send four chapters instead of the traditional three, and she’s hired me to edit them, though I haven’t yet begun the work. She told me there was no rush, and I’ve taken her literally.

I’m expecting to get two manuscripts of booklets in today from a writer who wants them evaluated for their potential to be expanded into full books. The intent is to turn them into e-books. They’re both nonfiction, both how-tos. He’d also like me to co-write the books with him if I deem them worthy of expansion, but I’m going to turn him down on that. I don’t know a bloody thing about either subject! Nor does either one interest me. If I think the projects deserve to be expanded, he’s going to have to do it on his own, though I did agree to co-write another book with him. And late yesterday I spoke to one of my former clients — I edited a (nonfiction) book for him — who is planning to write two more books, beginning work on both of them shortly, so I presume I’ll be getting them in to edit. The woman for whom I am ghosting the religious novel tells me she has several other books she wants me to work on for her when this one is done — I’m approximately halfway through it now.

I have two other prospective clients I’m talking to about potentially ghosting books for them. One has an immediate project and several others that may follow; the other prospect has just one book. Both prospective clients are seeking a ghostwriter and have talked to me at some length about my working on their respective projects, but neither one has signed on the dotted line yet. And I’m expecting a book in (again nonfiction) that needs rewriting. This one I’d actually done three chapters of already, but the author wasn’t happy with his own work and put a hold on the project while he did significant rewriting himself. (He felt he had omitted some key facts.) He told me he hopes to have it back to me in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, I have several other books I want to write of my own, but so far each of them is nothing more than a page of notes. And till I get this work done for my clients, I won’t be doing much work on “spec” books of my own. And of course I am always working on marketing to editors my many many written-but-not-yet-published books. By choice, I don’t have an agent. I prefer to self-represent. I write both adult and juvenile materials, so I’m dealing with a wide range of editors.

And I am also always working on promoting my books that are already in print...which reminds me—have you bought a copy of Ring in the New yet? It’s the story of Ellyn, who has to decide whether Kirk is Mr. Wrong or Mr. Right, whether Chad is a better choice despite the fact that there are rumors swirling around about him, and obviously parts of his life that he’s keeping a secret, or whether she’d be better off without either one (but she is in her 30s and she does want to get married and have kids)... it’s a sweet story, contemporary in setting, short and a quick read, with a happy ending, though I’m certainly not going to tell you how it winds up... to find that out, you need to read the book (hint hint hint—you can buy it or simply read more about it HERE.

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Thank you for joining me today, Cynthia.  You are one busy lady!!!  Good luck on your current, and many future releases!

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Jan Bowles said…

Are you sure you have 24 hour days, because I can't believe how much you fit into one.

Hats off to you, you must have a very disciplined mind.

If I write 1000 words a day, I think I'm doing well.

Good luck with all your projects, and especially your latest novel, Ring in the New

Jan xx
Wow! Sounds like you are a very busy lady and quite the multi-tasker! Good luck placing your manuscripts - and many sales with your Siren romances!
Liz Fichera said…
Holy smokes! You are a busy lady! Best of luck with your latest book!
Kristabel Reed said…
Not only am I in awe, but I feel suddenly lazy. Do you sleep? Maybe that's something I have to cut back on...

Ring in the New sounds fantastic, very much in the now with a few books coming out on just what exactly entails Mr. Right. I'll be sure to add it to my TBR list!