Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life? That would have to be my wedding day. I married my best friend, and my bridesmaids wore lavender and blue, my favorite colors.
How has being published changed your life? I don’t read as much as I used to, but I still love it. Sometimes I take a day off and suck down a mystery to relax. I stay busy writing, researching, doing podcasts, and videos to help my readers.
What are you reading right now? I’m reading The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin. She knows the World War II era, and I always learn fascinating facts about the war.
What is your current work in progress? I’m working on the first edits for the third book in the Gold Series: Reflecting Gold. It should be out in the spring. Pursuing Gold, the second novel is already in print.
I want to feature
both of those on my blog. What would be your dream vacation? I’ve been to
How do you choose
your settings for each book? The Gold Series takes place in
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why? I would like to meet Franklin Graham and thank him for all the hard work he’s done for people around the world, including sharing the gospel. I would also like to meet Stephen Meyer, head of Discovery Institute, which publishes and researches intelligent design. My husband and I are fond of apologetics so we follow the newest releases from Discovery Institute.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading? My husband and I love ballroom dancing. Waltz is my favorite although I like foxtrot too. I also grow orchids and make jewelry with my disabled son.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it? I always read for the story line, and I don’t care as much about the details. However, readers like to see what’s happening. In order to flesh out the scene, I’ll imagine I’m there. What do I smell? What do I see?
What advice would you give to a beginning author? Write, write, write! You develop a style as your write and work out your kinks. Join a critique group and attend workshops and seminars to learn how to write for publication.
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Please give us the first page of the book.
Peter was thankful Citizen’s Cemetery had tall, thick trees to protect them from the heat of the blazing June sun. Sweat trickled down his back as he opened the black wrought iron gate for his mother and ambled with her through the grass-filled plot. What a lovely walk, except for gray and white stones dotting the landscape—a reminder of loved ones now passed.
“Just over there.” His mother pointed. “We only … erected a wooden cross. For now.”
Peter understood. She had waited until he came home. He followed her to the spot. Dried dirt covered the oblong bit of land before him, like a huge scar amongst the green, reminding him of the freshness of his grief. His mother clung to him, weeping, and tears streaked his own face. He came here to learn the whole story, to let his mother cry, to grieve for the father he admired. “Tell me … how you heard.”
His mother hiccupped and sighed. “I was expecting … a
telegram. Your father … always let me know he was safe. He had never visited
that particular bank. It was in …
Peter would ask Mr. Roper if the bank needed another visit. He sighed as her tears flowed anew. “Train accident?”
She sniffled. “No. Bits of the track … came loose from their fittings … crashing into the train car.”
Northern train systems outstripped the South in safety and efficiency, but the facts would not help his mother grieve.
She blotted her face with her handkerchief. “I did not hear … for several days … I worried.”
A footstep behind Peter caught his attention, and he turned to see their butler, Billy. A tall, muscular Negro, Billy stood back from the grave holding a slip of paper in his hand.
“Did you need me?”
“Sir, a message be comin’ for you from Mr. Roper, and I thought you might be needin’ to know the information.”
Peter took the paper Billy extended. “Very good. You have done well.”
“Will ya be wantin’ to answer, sir?” He shuffled his feet. “I can be waitin’ if ya do.”
How can readers find you on the Internet? I’m on facebook, Twitter, MeWe, Instagram as Cynthia L Simmons. I’m named after my father, who didn’t have a name. He was C. L. Thomas. He gave me his initials so I use them when I write in memory of him. My website is https://clsimmons.com and you can listen to my radio here or on my website. https://heartofthematterradio.libsyn.com/
Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it, and my copy was ion my PO Box when my daughter check the mail.
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