Second Liebster Award!



Yesterday I was nominated for my second Liebster award by the ridiculously awesome Hiba Tahir. I’ve grown fond of her tweets and loved the bit she said about me in her post last night.

Anyway, I know we usually follow the rules on my blog:

1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.


But…I really don’t have time to! I’m very sorry. Between packing up and making time to write before bed, I’m swamped. I will, however, answer the questions she provided!


1.) When did you start writing, and why?
I started writing (seriously) once I deployed because being in a situation that puts you at great risk, it also opens your eyes to great possibilities. It is my life’s goal to help other people find the courage my deployment gave me.

2.) What’s your favorite line you’ve written?
This one is tough. I especially love one line I wrote in the sequel to Mystic Waters, Chasing the Tide:

It was a collision of two hearts, destroyed by one another, healing.

I can’t fully explain why, but that sentence really speaks to me. If we know anything about love, we know that the one who breaks us is often the only one who can fix us. I suppose that’s why I adore that sentence most.

3.) Do you ever base your characters on real-life people?
Yes. Well, I tried. My character Amare, is based off of someone I’m currently deployed with. The reason I tried to do this was the real-life Amare is such a strong, beautiful woman. And she’s quite the a** kicker. And, while MW is all of those things, she couldn’t be Amare. She had to be herself, the person who’d keep the story true. So fiction Amare is a lot more reserved and calculating than real-life Amare. I love them both equally. 🙂 Also, Farah, Liza’s best friend, is loosely based on another friend of mine, Sarah. I hadn’t quite realized this until I’d already written her in. It wasn’t intentional. It just was. However, Edric is not based on my husband. Let’s get that out there now.

4.) Writer’s block – we all experience it. How do you cope?
Write through it. It’s better to edit sh*t than to have nothing to edit. Sometimes you really have to bull yourself into getting into the swing of the story. But there’s a reason there are many rounds of editing. Once you’re out of your funk, you’ll realize that the bit you wrote when you felt hopeless doesn’t fit the story and you change it. You’re the boss, always. Well…whenever your characters let you think you are. 😉

5.) Do you have any special writing rituals?
My readers know it’s music all the way. Whether it’s a post, a chapter, or a sentence. Writing and music go hand-in-hand in Cynthia’s world. Having started writing in Afghanistan, I can’t be picky about noise or people. These things happen.

6.) Which writers, dead or alive, inspire you most?
Gosh. I’ve never really thought of that. While I have authors I like, I don’t think any of them inspire my style of writing. I’m the type of writer who doesn’t mind fragments if they fit the scenario. I love the jumbled mess of emotions and I want to feel it all. If I had to pick someone…J.K. Rowling. She changed my life the day I met Harry Potter.

7.) If you could spend a day inside one of your novels/stories, what would you do?
I’d likely just sit and watch everything unfold. I wouldn’t do anything, I wouldn’t say anything. I’d do just what I’m doing now: observing and loving every bit of it. This is something Liza and I have in common. We’re outsiders and once on the inside, we bring our outsider tendencies with us. 🙂

8.) What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your novels/stories?
The idea that maybe mermaids could exist. Strength. Hope. Faith. I want people to read Mystic Waters and feel what I felt when writing it.

 9.) What is your favorite book? (I know it can be hard to pick just one, but try to keep it at least fewer than three!)
Today? Making Faces by Amy Harmon and Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. I’m kind of in a smutty book phase because I’m a girl and I’m deployed. But they cannot be 50 Shades knock offs. I need story and definitely romance (hi, Sylvia Day!).

10.) Share the link to whichever of your blog posts is your favorite and explain why it’s your favorite.
My favorite post is the Dream a New Reality post. It’s always easy to harp on people for not chasing their dreams. But when you’re so happy in what it is you’re doing…when you’ve found your passion, you want to help people find the courage to chase theirs. I’ve witnessed lives gone too soon. If you want it, go for it. Because we’re all going to die. Leave the greatest legacy you can. And when you think of your grandchildren telling their children about you, don’t you want to have the image of shiny wide eyes in your mind? Do something worth being proud over. God bless.


Now playing Toby Keith’s American Soldier. This song makes me cry every time. Don’t mind my sniffles.


All my love,

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