Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
Thankfully my family is well and safe, thank you for asking.
Do you have a nick-name?
My family and friends call me Cindy.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts.
What do you write?
Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction – I like to include a touch magic.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
About 25 years ago I started with a children’s book and was horribly rejected so I put my pen down but when my day job asked me to take a writing course the faucet was turned on and it hasn’t stopped, my faucet is now gushing.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
On May 7, I released my 11th book, The Matchmaker and The Marine.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Not having enough time to keep my butt in the chair.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I research as I write. I’m what is referred to as a pantser which means I write what my characters tell me do to. It’s a fun ride this way. But when I need to look something up I stop, research, save links and go back to writing.
Which of your own books is your favorite?
That is like asking who is your favorite child…. But Lost and Found holds a special place in my heart as this was my first full length novel and Cari, our heroine is strong and willing to put herself on the line for people she loves.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
Spaghetti and Meatballs and chocolate cake. Heaven!
As a child, what did you do to keep yourself busy during vacation time?
I read anything I could put my hands on and would ride my bike to the library to always read. Even after lights out I had a flashlight under my covers.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
If you long to write and publish – just do it. You only get better by writing your next book. Keep going and if anyone discourages you dig deeper and just move forward. And find a critique partner and writing buddy, they are a life saver when you are having doubts or need to bounce ideas off someone who loves to write too.
City, suburb, or small-town?
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
In this time of COVID-19, books, movies, or shows?
Alpha, beta, or both?
Romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, or historical?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Definately cowboy books – I have 5 pairs
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Novels, novellas, or short stories?
Novels – I want to get lost and enjoy the ride
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Any last words before we say goodbye?
This was a blast and I hope you enjoyed my interview.
The Matchmaker and the Marine
May 7, 2020
Seasoned ~ Women's Fiction ~ Contemporary ~ Military
Melinda prides herself on her matchmaking ability as evident by the number of couples getting hitched in the town of Chester. She wants everyone to find the kind of love she shared with her late husband. Melinda is satisfied to remain the mysterious widowed matchmaker. Facing her future alone is less painful than risking her heart again.
Adam is a retired Marine. He longs to have a partner but carries the physical and emotional scars from his last tour of duty. He protects his heart as fiercely as he protects his scars. Until a chance meeting with the highly successful matchmaker, Melinda changes his ideas about his future.
Taking a leap of faith Adam signs up for her matchmaking services. In turn Melinda hires Adam as a carpenter to fulfill her wish to have a pergola in her back yard. As the structure is constructed piece by piece their friendship grows.
Will Adam and Melinda's relationship develop into something deeper or will the scars from their past keep them from finding love?
More About Lucinda
Lucinda Race is a life long fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading novels and dreaming of, one day, becoming a writer. As life twists and turns, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion, romance novels. After developing the story line for The Loudon Series, it was time to start living her dream. Fingers flying over computer keys, two novellas and five novels have been published in The Loudon Series. She has also written The MacLellan Sisters Trilogy and will be releasing The Matchmaker and The Marine in 2020.