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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wow! Long time no write

I really need to find the time to carve out the minutes to blog. One more thing on a long list of things to do.

Fudge-Laced Felonies will be available for retail the end of January. Candy-Coated Secrets will ship to the bookclub at the same time. For someone who wasn't gifted with patience, this seems to take forever. And no, I'm not asking God to teach me patience. Been there, done that!

My latest work, Shades of Crimson, was turned down by publishers as being too scary. Jeesh! Just because I read FBI profiling books and got into the head of the killer doesn't make it scary, does it? Okay, it was kind of scary. Someday the Christian market will be ready for a good thriller with a redemption story, right? Then I'll be ready.

I'm just so tired of Amish stories, you know? Too sweet. Although I did read one by new author, Beth Wiseman. Plain Perfect. Not your ordinary Amish story. I really enjoyed it.

Right now, I'm working on a historical that a couple of publishers expressed interest in. Of course, it'll have a healthy dose of suspense. Can't help it. Even my fun cozies have that. I'm managing to write an average of 10,000 words a week, but that will definitely slow down during the holidays.

Y'all have a great Thanksgiving!


Inspire said...

Hi Cynthia,

I love the title 'Shades of Crimson'. It just grabs me. I think CBA has come a long way, and we will see more novels that are edgy fiction come out in the future. Like you, I am weary of seeing the same old - same old, Amish fiction, westerns, brides, etc.

I have a mindset for historical fiction. I hope someday CBA publishers will put out great fiction that is par-excellent, with the quality of storytelling that holds up against great authors like Bernard Cornwall, Phillipa Gregory, and Elizabeth Chadwick.

As far as edgy suspense...they turned you down, yet there are authors that are best-sellers in this genre, such as Ted Dekker.

Barbara J. Robinson said...

My sister reads Amish fiction and has recommened three titles to me by Wanda Brunstetter: A Sister's Hope, A Sister's Secret, and A Sister's Test. I've started the first one and find the beginning slow and boring compared to the type of writing I've read coming across critique screens for ACFW. I can't fairly say how the book will be yet, since I've only started the first one.

I'm tired of reading what happened in the past, and I want to read more contemporary settings in present day, but most publishers don't seem interested in them. If I manage to read the three Amish books, I will have had enough of those. The author said she likes to write about them because they live a simple, peaceful life. I want to read about trials of today that people must endure and perserve their faith. I was never much for historical romance, other than Gone with the Wind. I do like Southern antebellum types. You make yours sound interesting though, Cindy. Good luck with it. I hope you find a publisher for your Shades of Crimson, too.