Welcome Cynthia to The Musings of Many!
How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies. I’ll sometimes start a book, writing a little bit along, here and there, spending a month of two to write. At times, pending my schedule, I can sit down and write a book in about a week. Of course the creative juices have to be flowing to make that happen, but the last three books in the Need Series were all written a little over a week.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
It varies. I’m a full-time wife and mom, so my life is hectic and busy. I often write when everyone’s asleep late at night, in the middle of the night, and early morning hours.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
There’s a lot more involved than what people realize.
How much research is involved when writing your books?
Depending on the topic of the book, it could be little to lots. The Need Series has required quite a bit. I would say what they are, but then it would give away the plots.
Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
When time allows, when the creative moments hit, usually when everyone’s asleep, late night, middle of the night, early morning, and occasional weekends. It varies.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Not really. Sometimes I’m on deadline so then I have to do a certain number of words, but I’m varied usually.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I often start out with a general outline and idea of what I’d like to see happen and where I’d like to see things going. However, when I get started the characters sometimes take over and drive it in a whole new direction – a better one. I know that sounds strange, but I’m not the first author to have this happen. I usually go with the flow, but keep certain aspects in the book.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding the time and not going overboard with the words. I was so used to writing books about two characters where their story covers the course of several books. I’ve switched to one main couple per book, but keeping some of the previous couples in the background throughout the series. You are limited more in what you can say, what needs to happen, and sometimes you have to cut some things that you’d like to put in, but realize they’re not really needed to make the story.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I know this may sound silly, but I read in the genre I’m writing in. I go crazy with the reading. The words of other authors inspire me and sometimes help me realize how I need to phrase something where it makes sense – I’m often making things more difficult than it needs to be.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
I’ve tried that and found it’s not for me. I prefer to go right from writing to editing, then send it off to my editor and not look at it for a couple weeks, until it comes back. Then I may add or change some things before giving it back to my editor to see if they like the new additions. If I wait a month, then I’m already on to something else in my mind.
Character Interview with Jackson “Jax” Lombardi from I Need You Forever, Need #5
How old are you? 28
Did you have a happy childhood?
It was amazing. My family was always very close, but we grew up in a neighborhood where we were close to a couple other families, the Prescotts and the Bradfords. All of us felt like we had more than one set of parents and we all considered ourselves a huge family. I grew up with one of my best friends, who later became my girlfriend, and then my wife. I now work for her family as the marketing director at Prescott International.
Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I mainly grew up loving Gabriella, or Gabi. I still remember the day she was born, I was several years older than her. We tried dating other people for a while, but we realized we were each other’s soul mates and have pretty much been together all our lives, until that fateful night when she lost her life, but managed to save our unborn child.
I keep feeling I may be at fault for some of what happened the night she died. I know there’s nothing I could do to stop the aneurysm from bursting, but still… At least I have a part of her, a part of us still with me, in our daughter Nicola.
I promised to love Gabi forever, but now that she’s been gone a couple of years, I’m feeling tempted. There’s something about Robin that calls to me, intrigues me. Am I betraying our love by moving on or should I continue to focus on just work and my daughter?
What is the one word you would use to define her? Intoxicating
What music do you listen to?
Eighties music and today’s music
What trait do you find most admirable in others?
Honesty, capacity to love, and their perseverance.
Do they want a job that helps people or a job that makes money?
I work for my former father in-law. I make great money, but I also like to help others.
What are your long term goals?
Maybe find someone to spend the rest of my life with, to help raise my daughter and possibly have more kids.
What are your short term goals? Finally give into grief and let go of the past.
Do you have any bad habits?
Dwelling on the past and what might have been.
I NEED YOU FOREVER by Cynthia P. O'Neill
Need Series #5
Genre: Erotic Romance
– SYNOPSIS –
Jackson Lombardi refused to grieve for the loss of his wife, Gabi, living the past two years for his daughter and work. Everyone pushed for him to move on, but his heart was fighting a battle between holding on to the past and letting go.
Robin Patrick was a dynamo for the Marketing Department. She came in when all hell broke loose over Gabi’s death, doing everything to ease Jackson’s stress levels and keep her mind off her own problems too. Everyone thought she had it all together, not realizing she was living a lie - covering who she was for the past three years. She’s hiding from a monster who wanted to own her and her father’s company that wants to stop the investigation into his death.
She’d pulled everything off until the one person who’d been her rock had been lost to her forever. A chance encounter with her boss, in the most unlikely of places, was the beginning of her salvation and the road to a temptation she wasn’t sure she’d survive.
Jackson was a force to be reckoned with, an alpha extreme, perfect for her submissive nature. At least she could forget about her past, for a while, and enjoy the pleasures of today – knowing that an eternity would never be possible with someone who couldn’t love her as long as he held onto the memories of his wife or could it?
What he Needs is the promise of forever, but can he finally let go of the past and open his heart to the idea of new
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Jax took a deep breath in, before admitting, “I want so badly to tie your hands with my shirt because I need the control it would provide, but I don’t want to trigger any bad memories.”
I lifted my arms to him with the shirt still hanging loose around my wrists. “Go ahead, sir. Do with me as you please. I’ll let you know if things get too much for me.”
He took the shirt and began to twist it a few times, pulling it here and there until my wrists were bound, and then returned my arms to the bed. His body was perched above mine taking in every inch of me before he grabbed my panties, ripped them from my body, and left me bared to him. “I don’t want any contracts between us. We both know what the BDSM lifestyle is about. I assure you, I’m not a sadist or masochist. I only live for the dominance, the submission, and a little kink in the bedroom. I’ll ask you about things and how you feel about them prior to us doing anything. You can pick a safe word if you’d like, but if you tell me to stop, then I’ll do just that.”
“Mushrooms,” I whispered.
His face drew up in a scowl. He hated mushrooms as much as I did, but then it dawned on him. “Your safe word?”
His lower body pressed against mine while his arms tried to support most of his weight. A half smile lit up his face. “Only you’d pick something that we both hate as a safe word.”
I couldn’t help but smile with the look he was giving me - one of adoration. I knew this was a pivotal moment and there would be no going back. I only hoped the risk of jumping in was worth it.
Jackson’s tone got serious. “You are so beautiful, someone I’ve come to care about and cherish. I know we just promised to take things slow, but I don’t know that I can resist any longer. You’ve thawed my heart and awakened my carnal desires. I’ve fought the urges to kiss you and to be with you, but I can’t fight any longer. I need you, Robin. I need your submission to me – body and soul.”
“Yes,” flew out of my mouth in a heated sultry tone as I arched my back to him. His words were heating me from the inside out, and I needed to feel the power of the connection surging between us. I wanted to experience the force of his dominance.
A smirk spread across his face as his hand pushed some of my hair back behind my ear. “Don’t think for one minute that I’ll let you have all the control. I’ll do right by you and test your limits. All I ask is that you trust me to guide you to where we both find nirvana.”
I closed my eyes and cherished each word he’d just said. “Yes, sir.”
He continued to rest his weight on my lower body as he wiggled his way out of his boxers and threw them on the floor. His knees pushed mine further apart as he slipped his fingers through my folds to test my wetness. “You’re soaked.” He seemed surprised.
“Only for you, sir,” I admitted sheepishly, casting my eyes down because I wasn’t supposed to have direct eye contact with a dominant.
– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Cynthia P. O’Neill grew up in small town in South Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college. There, she married her friend, love, and soul mate and still resides with their amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little boy.
In her books, Cynthia draws on her background in healthcare and business, along with her husband’s engineering knowledge.
She currently writes on all levels of Romance. The Remembrance Series encompasses New Adult with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. A Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of Contemporary - Erotica, with a hint of suspense.
Her latest series, Need, will have several books, each focusing on one couple per book. The main couple will then become supporting characters, while some of the background characters step forward to find their own happily ever after. It will be will be a Contemporary – Erotic romance with a high level of suspense added.
She tries to make her writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for her books, but her imagination takes them to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist.
To learn more about the author, please visit Cynthia’s website at: www.cynthiaponeill.com
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