On today’s Page to Page Author Interview we welcome Cynthia Vespia!
A Little on the Personal Side:
- If you weren’t an author, what would you be? I’d need to be doing something creative. Originally my plan was to become a graphic designer, and I still do that on a freelance basis designing everything from promotional posters to book covers. So I would’ve probably wound up in advertising or hell I want to be a rock star! That’s why I karaoke so much 😉
- What three things do you think your readers would be surprised to know about you? Since I’m a pretty private person there’s a lot even my closest friends and family don’t know about me. But to offer up 3 things to my readers that they may not know it would be
1) I collect weapons. Mostly swords from movies. So far I have the sword from Braveheart; Troy; Xena; Conan; and Sting from LOTR.
2) I honestly enjoy listening to jazz/blues. Where 80’s rock is my first love I am diverse in my tastes and even good bluesy country can peak my interest.
3) I used to be incredibly shy and reserved in school. Growing up I was a quiet kid, which is how I found reading and writing to begin with. It wasn’t until I started competing in fitness competitions that I really broke out of my shell and that was a long time after I graduated.
- What do you love most about writing? What do you not like? My favorite part about writing is creating characters and worlds for them to play in. I also really love hearing reader feedback. When they recount a scene or emotion to me that I had in my head when writing it that’s when it really gets my juices going.
What I don’t like, or what I find most difficult, is the marketing and promotional aspect. Don’t get me wrong, doing an interview like this is a lot of fun. And going on tours to conventions, readings, etc. is a blast! But the constant social media promotion gets tiring when you have a million other things on your plate and its honestly one of the areas that I wish I could outsource.
A Little on the Professional Side:
- In what ways do you relate to the characters in your latest book? My new thriller LUCKY SEVENS is based in Las Vegas, my home town, so there is a lot of flavor to the characters that is drawn uniquely from either my own experiences living and working here or else my families. My father especially had stories for me as an entertainer on the famed Las Vegas Strip for over 20 years.
I have a love/hate relationship with this town having grown up here. So that part of it is very reflective in my lead character Luca “Lucky” Luchazi. He is longing for the old days of Vegas when everything was a lot classier. For instance people dressed up to go to the casinos, etc. Now everything changed. To quote Lucky (and my dad!) “They should get rid of the crooks and bring back the Mafia!”
- Has there been a character that has “written itself”? Who? Yes! She was also one of my favorite to write because she was a bonafide nut job to start with but then underneath it all she’s actually a good soul that has just been through hell. (I somewhat based her character off actress Hudson Leick’s portrayal of Callisto in the TV series Xena.)
I’d be referring to Sam Mitchell from my novel Sins and Virtues. It was the weirdest thing with this character. She was to be an escaped convict from a maximum security prison. I happened to have visited Alcatraz while I was writing this novel and when I returned to the story I was writing a scene on how Sam initially escapes from the prison when all of a sudden I started seeing images in my head of an elderly man escaping from Alcatraz. It was in such fine detail that I felt as though it was coming from something that actually took place at the famed prison. Anyway these feelings and images stayed with me right up until I finished writing the novel. Then they just sort of faded away as if the elderly man’s work was done. Not the answer you were expecting, was it ;D
- How do you connect with your readers? (book clubs, online chats, etc)
I love connecting with readers and as such I’m trying to explore as many options as possible! I guess the best way to reach me is through my website www.cynthiavespia.com or facebook.com/authorcynthiavespia
A Little Quick Fire:
*When it comes to books*
Good Guys or Bad Guys? Bad Guys are more fun!
Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction!
Handwritten or PC typed? Handwritten initially
Cozy Nook or Outdoors Oasis? Outdoors
Happily Ever After or Nail-biter? Nail-biter and sometimes a tragic end or a twist you didn’t see coming.
Writing or Reading? Both!
*When it comes to you*
Ice Cream or Cake? Cake
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Dress Up or Dress Down? Dress comfortable
Barefoot or Shoes? Barefoot though I always think of Die Hard
Cook or Order Out? Order out or else someone cooking for me!
Additional links: Please “like” the official LUCKY SEVENS Page at www.facebook.com/luckysevensnovel
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Book titles and their corresponding sell links:
1. Lucky Sevens (currently on pre-sale)
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Giveaway ends: Oct. 23rd, 2013