Author Interview: S. Cinders

S. Cinders


How old were you when you knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved writing. In school, I would write silly romances in my spiral bound notebook and share it with my friends. I suppose, all these years later, not much has changed.


Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five, or


Georgette Heyer, Julia Quinn, Lauren Blakely, and Jane Austen


What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Life. I love the quote by Mark Twain, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”


What genre(s) do you write?

Under this pen name, I write several different genres of romance including; historical, paranormal, urban fiction, sci-fi, contemporary, new adult, fantasy. Under my sweet pen name, I write historical, contemporary, and fantasy.


Do you have any current, or future, projects?

I have several in the works. Currently, Sutton’s CEO will release on March 13, 2020. In May/June, the second in Sutton’s series will drop, and I expect the third in the fall. I am part of a limited-edition reverse harem collection titled Wicked Souls, and that is due out in September. And I am also a part of the Cocky Hero World by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, and that book should drop this summer.


Do you have an author website? – This has all the ways that a reader can interact with me.


Do you have any blogs?

I don’t have any blogs. It’s not for lack of trying!! I just can’t seem to keep on top of them!


Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)

The bulk of my work is on Amazon, But you can find several books on iTunes, S. Cinders, Barnes & Noble, 24Symbols, Thalia, Playster,, Tolino, Bibliotheca, SCRIBD, Hoopla, OverDrive, Baker & Taylor. If you want to read some for free, there are a few short stories on Wattpad.


If you could feature just one title, what would it be? 

Goodness! I don’t think I could pick just one. I would need to ask what genre the reader likes and what heat level they are good with reading. Everything under this pen name is VERY high heat. If they prefer something without, I lead them to my other pen name.


Do you have any pseudonyms?

I do. But, to protect my family, and our privacy, I don’t mix my two pen names in public.


Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Yes! I love crafting, especially making things from supplies I buy from Goodwill, or the Dollar Tree. I also love to sing, decorate, do makeup, and I love to dabble in graphics.


Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have lived in five different states and have moved nineteen times. This December, my husband and I will celebrate twenty-five years of marriage. I have two wonderful sons, ages twenty-two and eighteen.


 How do you feel when you finish a project?

By the time you write something, edit it within an inch of its life, send it to editing, re-edit, send to beta readers, send to ARC readers and then finally launch it, you are almost mad. I suppose there is a sense of accomplishment mixed in with fear that it won’t be received well, and a good dose of anxiety. But, all in all, it’s an incredible rush that sends you back to the starting point over and over again.


Do you recall the first thing you ever wrote?

I wrote a middle grade fantasy book about fifteen years ago that I haven’t finished editing. But I actually picked it up again, and it will be released under my other pen name.


Why do you think writing is important?

In the home I grew up in, reading and writing were paramount to breathing. My mother is a college English professor, and two of my siblings’ degrees are in English. My younger sister publishes YA with Macmillan, and she has a double major in 14th century English and library sciences. With these influences around me, it is little wonder that I value it so highly.


What do your friends and family think of your work?

The majority of people in my life have no idea that I write. Or, if they do know, they are only privy to my sweet pen name that is just beginning. I think they would be shocked if they knew how much I really worked behind the scenes.


At what time of day (or night) does inspiration strike you?

It depends. Honestly, if I am feeling good, I can write anywhere, or at any time. It’s best if I am not tired. I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen asleep typing. (More times that I can count.)


What would you say is your biggest hurdle as a writer?

Writing and publishing is the hardest job imaginable. Not only do you have to write the book, but you have to either sell it to a publisher, or do the work of publishing on your own. You must have a thick skin and wear a million different hats. You need to know how to analyze data, place ads, watch market trends, create websites, and so much more. I would say that the writing, itself, is often the easiest part of the process.


At what point do you feel that your writing is complete?

Never. There are still things I come across and change in manuscripts that have been out for a few years.


Is writing easy, or hard, for you to fit into your schedule?

It’s my full-time job. But, that being said, I do something surrounding my work every day of the week.


How long does it take you to write a single work?

This really depends on the length of the manuscript. For a short story or novella, 1-3 weeks for the initial draft. For a fuller length novel 4-8 weeks.


Would you describe yourself as an avid reader?

I used to be! I now listen to audiobooks. It’s the only time I can fit reading in.


Have you ever been affected by writer’s block?

Absolutely! Every writer has been cursed with writer’s block at one point, or another. The best thing to do is work on another piece and let your thoughts rest. If you still can’t find a way out, you need to go back in the manuscript and see where things went off course. It hurts to delete those words, but it’s worth it to get the project going again.


Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!! Just kidding! I can tell you this. Write the things that you would want to read. Write from you heart and write knowing that if you are the only person who ever reads it, you will still be happy. If you are writing to make a million dollars, then this isn’t the life for you. The market is heavily saturated, and the work is soul-sucking at times. That being said, if you love to write and share stories, this is where you should be.

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