Please join me in welcoming my first guest to Other Worlds, Cynthia Hickey! Don’t forget to stop by my Featured Book page for more info on Cynthia’s novel, Shayna!
WHY I BECAME A WRITER
Funny how this roller-coaster business can tug on someone until it’s either write or die. A bit dramatic, yes, but that’s how most writers feel. Writing is like breathing, or eating.
I started reading at the young age of five and became hooked on words and stories. Being a shy child, I would make up stories to act out, but it wasn’t until Junior High and an English teacher assigned a writing project that I realized how much I loved putting the story to paper. I began writing short stories in which my younger brother was featured as the hero or I’d write a romance featuring me and whatever boy I had a crush on at the time.
When I turned fifteen, I wrote my first “real story” about terrorists taking over a high school. Funny how I have now seen that very plot made into a movie. I couldn’t be stopped after that first “book”. I kept writing, keeping my stories in a notebook, which I unfortunately lost when I married and moved out of state. Then, life happened and I didn’t take up writing again until the age of forty when my children were older and I had time to devote to the art.
In 2007, I published my first cozy mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, with Barbour Publishing and haven’t slowed down since. Fifty plus books later, and several genres added to the mix, I have no intentions of stopping this crazy career any time soon. In May of 2013, I left behind the day job and became a full time writer. Scary, but worth every busy minute.
My husband and I now own a small press with over seventy authors on our roster. How do I do it is a question I’m asked over and over. Post it notes and lists! Add that to God’s grace and I can’t see myself slowing down any time soon.
Good Vs. Evil
I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy series linking the fate of humans with the fate of fae. Placing the story in present day New York seemed the best choice. After all, the Big Apple seems to be the hub of our country. Bringing another world into ours allowed me the freedom to introduce many creatures to a detective he thought only existed in storybooks.
There’d also be no battle worth giving up everything for other than the epic battle of Good vs. Evil, Light vs. Dark. Pit a warrior faerie queen, giants, witches, leprechauns, and a handful of humans against vampires and a new breed of demon against each other brings a trilogy that, I hope, leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next book.
Fairy tales aside, our world is constantly fighting a battle we cannot see. Here, as the sky darkens overhead and evil steps up its game, we see our different races can fight side-by-side to rid the world of darkness and fill it with light.
You’ll find love, courage, redemption, and friendship within the pages of the trilogy, Fate of the Faes.
-Cynthia Hickey, writing as Cynthia Melton
Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has nine grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.
Website at www.cynthiahickey.com
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