Author name: Cynthia L. Schneider
Genres: Fantasy (Epic/Urban)
Meet American Author Cynthia L. Schneider. She was born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river, Cynthia L. Schneider grew up in a house of avid readers and overflowing bookshelves. Her first full-length novel took shape while she was still in high school, on a typewriter in her parent's living room. She has been writing all her life, The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price was her first published novel. Completing the trilogy has been an amazing experience for her.
Discover her trilogy The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price (Book #1)
What if you were born with an addiction to magic? What if your pleasure meant their pain? From a land long-divided by prejudice and fear comes the story of Ian Troy, an ex-soldier born with an addiction to magic. Living in isolation and denial, Ian is haunted by the tragic aftermath of a single spell that changed the world. Curbing his addiction with a steady stream of wine and regret, he struggles to put it all behind him—until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin awakens Ian’s addiction. His past comes crashing into the present, and denial is no longer an option. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the one thing he fears most: his own power. Magic-Price is the first installment in The Crown of Stones Trilogy.
Cynthia welcome to my blog. Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I had an early and avid love for books, and was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of readers. We had these wonderfully overstuffed bookshelves filled with all different genres. Those books were like candy to me. When I was in elementary school I started writing poems and short stories. When I didn’t like how my favorite TV shows were going, I made my own scripts for the characters. Sometimes I wrote my own news reports or commercials and made my poor parents sit down and watch me, like I was on TV. As I got older the stories grew longer and more complex. I started a few screenplays for movies that I never finished. At sixteen I wrote my first full length novel, a post-apocalyptic behemoth entitled, Twist of Fate. That’s when I started dreaming of one day becoming a published author.
Cynthia what would you like to achieve as an Author?
I would love for all the stories in my head to find their way onto the page, but I’m not sure I could ever live that long! Apart from that, my biggest goal is to make my readers feel. I want my stories to take them on an adventure and my characters to stick in their heads. I want them to have. And maybe land a movie deal somewhere along the way!
A movie deal sounds good! What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
One thing that’s been huge for me is getting out there. I’ve never been big on public speaking, so I knew it would be a challenge for me when I published. Before my first event, I was terrified. But I not only survived, I had fun! Each one got easier, and I learned so much. Now, I’m hooked! Every year I try to do more and go farther away.
Whether you’re attending book fairs, library events, the comic cons (which I frequent), or something else, the in-person events can be great confidence builders. They’re not only fun, but they help get your work in front of a large number of potential readers that might not otherwise see it. It’s such a good feeling when someone comes back the following year to buy your next book and you have the opportunity to chat with them in-person. I’ve met some wonderful people, both readers and aspiring writers, some of which I’m still in contact with.
What genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I read and review fantasy (both epic & urban), horror, thrillers, sci-fi, steampunk, and post-apocalyptic. I prefer adult, but I have read some wonderful YA books recently. I also enjoy mysteries and historical fiction, though it’s been a while since I’ve read either genre.
A quote by you or your Life motto?
I can’t really say I have a life motto, but I do have a writing motto. I believe strongly in telling a story as it’s meant to be told. I don’t hold myself hostage to chapter lengths or word counts, or writing in fear of what others might think. Tell the story as it’s meant to be told. Trust your characters and do them justice. Write fearlessly. If you do that, the rest will fall into place.
Cynthia, thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope that you achieve all your goals and land a movie deal in Hollywood! My best wishes & God bless, Lily Amis
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Blog: http://bit.ly/MyFantasyBlog (For book reviews)
A list of ALL her published Book titles until today 2017
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Scars
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Borne
Copyright Book Covers: Thank you @Cynthia