Name: Cynthia Hoosier
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Book Title: Escape into Revenge
Genre: Fiction/Suspense Thriller
Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.
Cynthia Hoosier (CH): A young man’s quest for revenge against his past bullies.
DP: What made you want to write your book?
CH: I’m more comfortable writing love and romance. This time I wanted to challenge myself, see if I could write something dark but entertaining, more like the books I read. Bullying is a subject that everyone has experienced in some form; whether it be personally, or having it done to a friend or family member. We see and hear of the effects from it daily. I wanted to peel away some of the layers, showing some of what created the bully and, more importantly, the inner conflict that fueled Eric (the main character) to seek revenge.
DP: How long did it take you to write your book?
CH: I began writing Escape into Revenge a little over two years ago. I had already started the concept before I had completed my book Momma Knew.
DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?
CH: I really don’t have a particular formula to name my characters. The names just seem to pop into my mind.
DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?
CH: I have many distractions when writing because of my job as a flight attendant. Travel and family life sometimes prove a challenge when trying to stay on task to keep my writing fluid. Sometimes it seems I have to stop and get away from writing for a while, then come back. Other times I just continue to write aimlessly, then go back to clean up the story by trying to better piece together my ideas.
DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
CH: My favorite chapter to write was Chapter 18; the build-up between Eric and Jennifer on their date night. I enjoyed making Eric seem normal but totally deceptive as he reeled Jennifer in before making his final evil moves and Jennifer’s unsuspecting giddiness as she anticipates a night of romance; and thinking to myself, “Man, this could really happen.”
DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:
a. One character from your book:
CH: I think from my book, I wouldn’t mind being stuck with Jennifer because she was determined and definitely a survivor.
b. One fictional character:
CH: My fictional character to be stuck on an island with would be MacGyver because he would be crucial for our survival and most definitely essential in our rescue!
c. One famous person (living or dead):
CH: I think if I were stuck on an island, I’d probably need a little laughter and I know Kevin Hart would bring that!
DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?
CH: I still enjoy traveling and I love cooking a great deal.
DP: Do you keep a journal?
CH: No, I’ve never have kept a journal.
DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?
CH: For me, it was more of a personal satisfaction of creating something that maybe others might find entertaining.
DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?
CH: I believe Edward Norton could play a great Eric and Charlize Theron for Jennifer.
DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?
CH: Because this was my second time working with Dorrance Publishing, I think it was the familiarity and ease of working with people that I knew would be patient and helpful as they had been in the past.
DP: Five favorite books of all time?
CH: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Cane River by Lalita Tademy, Christine by Steven King. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:
CH: My advice to other writers would be to continue to challenge yourself and to never give up!
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