RT: What inspired you to write this book?
CT: I was watching a video with Stephenie Meyer where she was talking about being a stay-at-home mom who had a dream and wrote it down. She made it sound simple and I wondered if I might be able to do the same. Having been through it now, I can tell you that writing a book is not simple, but it is something that you can do if you set your mind to it.
About that same time, I was reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and completely fell in love with Scotland (and Scottish history). The hero of Between is an 18th century Scottish Highlander because I wanted one of my very own!
RT: Aiden MacRae's character sounds exciting, could you tell us a little something about him?
CT: The first word that comes to mind is hot! One reviewer said he has a merry-yet-manly persona, which I thought was a good way of putting it. He’s charming, sexy and fun-loving while also being responsible and considerate. But most of all, he’s tired of waiting for the one whose love will redeem him, so when he meets Lindsey, sparks fly!
CT: Aiden, hands down. I think any romance writer falls in love (at least a little bit) with the hero while writing and I am no exception. I loved writing his character, researching 18th century Scotland, and speaking the dialogue in my horrible attempt at a Scottish accent! I still love reading the scenes with Aiden because—I’ll admit it—he makes me swoon. J
RT: Will this book be a stand alone or have a sequel?
CT: There will be a sequel though I don’t have a set release date on it yet. The title is Hell Transporter and the first draft is about one-third complete. Once the launch of Between is past, I will turn my attention to finishing book two!
RT: What ritual did you have while writing Between?
CT: Brian Crain’s piano music was always playing in the background. I must have listened to his album, Sienna, at least 1,578,756 times (give or take)! I usually wrote on my laptop in the living room on the couch, though sometimes I would retreat to the bedroom if I needed some peace and quiet. I work a full-time job, so I wrote in the evenings and on the weekends. Making time to write can be challenging, but the story was burning inside me and I had to get it out. Let’s hope the same can be said of the sequel!
RT: Did you have a favorite snack while writing this book?
CT: No, I can’t say that I did. I try not to snack while writing because I am so focused on the story that anything I put in my mouth would be empty calories. I love Diet Pepsi and always had a glass of that at my side, though!
RT: If I could ask Lindsey what she cherished most in life, what do you think her answer would be?
CT: I’d say Aiden, except she didn’t meet him until she was dead. At the start of the book, Lindsey’s life is in turmoil. Her parents have recently divorced after her mother’s affair and she’s just started college away from home. She’s made some new friends and even has a boyfriend (that she’s not that into), but at that point in her life, she’s just trying to make her way through uncharted territory. So at the snapshot before she meets Aiden, I’d say she cherishes most her freedom, the ability to get away from the difficult situation at home and start fresh.
RT: What did you do in celebration when you finished writing Between?
CT: When I finished the first draft, I posted it to Facebook and a bunch of friends congratulated me. When I started writing the book, I wasn’t sure if I would see it through to the end. I’m the type of person who gets bored easily, so as an incentive, my husband told me he’d take me out to dinner for every 25 pages I wrote. Once I really got rolling on the story, that changed to every 50 pages and so on, since we would go broke at the rate I was writing! I wrote the first draft in about six months, then spent over a year editing it. I will always remember the feeling of holding the printed copy in my hands for the first time. What a thrill!
RT: Can you tell us a snippet/teaser from your favorite part of this book?
CT: Lindsey and Aiden are able to relive memories in the realm between heaven and earth. They imagine the scene and it plays out before them, similar to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol where the ghosts take Jacob Marley to scenes from his past.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Aiden takes Lindsey to “meet” his parents. His father died when Aiden was six. She gets to see him as a young boy, and feel his parents’ palpable love for him. It always makes me tear up, since I can visualize the scene so clearly in my mind’s eye.
RT: The cover is amazing, did you have a part in the design?
CT: It is breathtaking, isn’t it?? I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like: black background, blue smoke and Celtic lettering. I gave those pieces to Clare and David at Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design, who took it and created something magical. I love the way they made the smoke curl around the letters in the title. Someone mentioned that the T in Between looks like an inverted dagger, which I thought was pretty freakin’ cool!
Thanks so much for having me!
Thank You Cyndi.