Blog Guest: Meet Cindy Carroll
Today, I welcome guest author Cindy Carroll to my blog. She agreed to let me grill her. 🙂 She’ll also tell us a bit about her recent horror release, Reflections.
Hi Cindy! How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember I liked to write. But writing with the goal of publishing, I’ve been doing that for 21 years.
Do you write full-time?
Not yet. How’s that for being optimistic? 🙂 That is the goal though. Until then I do have a full time job in an IT department that takes away far too much of my writing time.
You’re here to tell us about your horror story Reflections. What inspired you to write this story?
The original version of the story came about because I wanted to shock one of my professors in university. She was very proper. And looked down her nose at genre fiction. For class we would submit stories to her a week in advance, she would read them out loud and we would discuss them, providing comments to the author. Back then the story was sexier and I had my female character say a few things my proper professor stumbled over – because I didn’t submit it early. She had to read it cold the day it was my turn. 🙂
I can’t find that original version so this version of the story has the same basic premise but I turned it into a horror story.
Do you write in other genres?
Why, yes I do! This story is horror. But I also write suspense/thrillers in various genres – paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary. And under a pen name I write erotica and erotic romance. I’m toying with the idea of writing a cozy mystery as well, under a different pen name.
Tell us three fun facts about you not in your bio.
Hmmm. Fun facts about me that aren’t in my bio…
I flew a flight simulator at the NATO base in Germany. I’m really good at keeping the plane in the air, not so good at the landing.
I was a bartender at a gentlemen’s club. Some interesting characters came into the club and I got a few story ideas there.
Patrick Swayze kissed me.
Flight simulators, gentlemen’s clubbing, and Patrick Swayze? WOW!! Okay, now tell us – Who is your favorite author?
Dean Koontz. I love the way he puts ordinary people in extraordinary situations and somehow they get through it.
What are you reading right now?
Mort by Terry Pratchett. I’m reading it for book club. It’s not something I would have picked up on my own but I am liking it so far.
I read some of his fun Disc World series years ago. Also enjoyed Good Omens. And now, for something completely different!
Favorite color, please. Purple
Coffee or tea?
Tea during the week and coffee on weekends.
Tell us about your new release!
Stay away from the mirrors
A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. A mini vacation and support for Steve, recently dumped, have the friends travelling through small towns and back roads. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest.
Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. Though a little run down, it hides a supernatural horror.
Don’t read the curse
Everything looks normal when they check in, except an old woman yelling about a curse. Intrigued, some of the friends decide to investigate. Some stay behind and learn about the curse first hand.
A curse that replaces people with their repressed alter egos forces the friends to fight for their lives. And they realize they didn’t know each other as well as they thought.