Wednesday, February 22, 2023


I want to thank S Cinders for taking the time for this interview!


USA Today Bestselling Author, S. Cinders, is a multi-genre romance author of over fifty titles in romance. S. Cinders writes paranormal, contemporary, historical, fantasy, sci-fi and more. Known for her hilarious characters and steamy love scenes, S. Cinders enjoys the ridiculous, but somehow manages to create relatable stories that will keep you coming back for more.

On a personal note, S. Cinders loves baked goods, decorating shows, and going on cruises. She’s not a fan of laundry, dirty dishes, or Mondays.

Check out her interview in the COURIER JOURNAL.

When and how did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved to write and have a vivid imagination. Instead of paying attention in junior high, I was writing Sweet Valley High fan fic for my friends.

Did you have any influencing writers growing up?

Oh yes! I have always been a huge Essie Summers, Georgette Heyer, and Emily Loring fan.

Are any of your characters based on people in real life?

This is a tricky one. I would say no, but they do have some qualities of people I know. I also tend to use names of people I know, but the character is rarely like the real life person.

Where do you draw your book inspirations from?

I think inspiration can come from anywhere. Some of my characters have rough childhoods. 

For eight years I worked with underprivileged youth with emotional disabilities. You can’t live in something day in and day out without it seeping into your writing.

Do you use have a basic outline when starting a new story or do you let the characters lead the way?

I have done both. I started as a total pantser and would get myself in all sorts of trouble with my plot. 

Now I would say I am a loose plotter. Although that sounds kind of dodgy too. LOL

When you are picturing the characters in your book, do you have a cheater photo for inspiration?

Sometimes I will pick one just so I can remember hair color or eye color. Otherwise, I don’t really need it.

Many people read as a form of escape and relaxation.  What is your favorite way to sit back and relax?

I love to swim, read, decorate, shop (online), and spend time with my family.

Who are your favorite current authors to read?

I adore everything by Kristy Cumming and Eva Chase.

What are your favorite books by others?

Shattered Vow: Shadowblood Souls, Book 1

Gods and Monsters Box Set: Books 1-3

Four Psychos by Kristy Cunning

Do the locations in the stories have any meaning to you?

Yes, in Applebottom Magic, they vacation in the Grand Canyon. I am from Utah and it was one of the places I vacationed as a child.

Do you write in single or multiple POV?

Both, I also write in both first and third person.

What do you find to be your best research tool?

Google is my best writing friend.

Do you write under a pen name?  Also, do you write under more than one name?

Yes, I write under S. Cinders, and some historicals under Spencer Cinders.

What genre do you write and why is this your preference?

Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Historical, Fantasy, I couldn’t stay in my lane if I tried. LOL

Tell me something about yourself outside of writing.  Jobs, accomplishments, family, quirky trait...what led to you being you?

My family used to own a volcano. Grandpa sold it about five years ago.

I was stung twice by a stingray and was in the hospital for a week.

I’ve lived in 5 different states and moved 19 times.

My oldest is on the spectrum and my youngest has OCD so it’s very interesting at my house.

I love to sing.

If you are a duo writing team, how do you share the writing process?

A chapter at a time back and forth.

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

Don’t write to make millions. Write because your soul would shrivel up and die if you didn’t.

How do you deal and process negative book reviews?

I try not to read them anymore. But if they are stating something valid, I try to be open enough to evaluate the context.

What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

Depends on the day. 😊

What do you need in your writer’s space to keep you focused?

Quiet, which is sometimes impossible.

What is your naughty indulgence as you are writing?

Peanut M & M’s, keep those away. I see you, Satan, take the candy and go!

If you could spend a day with another popular author, whom would you choose?  And why?

I am really pretty shy. There are lots of authors that I would love to meet. But I would likely become tongue tied and not say what I wanted to.

What is your schedule like when you are writing?  Do you have a favorite writing snack or drink?

Wake up, work, eat dinner, sleep… Just teasing, but not by a lot. The work is constant and basically if my eyes are open, I am working.

Do you listen to music when you write – what kind of music is your favorite?

No, I would start singing along.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?

Pets in the form of children. 😉

What is your kryptonite as a writer?  What totally puts you off your game?

I have encountered some problems with my health. That’s slowed me down some, but it hasn’t stopped me!

Have you ever killed off a character that your readers loved?

Not a main character, no. But some side ones, and I cried my eyes out writing their death.

How do you celebrate after typing THE END?

Start a new story.

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