3 Questions Wednesday with Cynthia Herron

CH-7888 copyHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Cynthia Herron. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Cynthia:  Oh, my goodness! Such a hard question. While I have many, many favorite books and authors, I’d have to say two of my favorite authors are Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Their themes and stories resonate with me. I love the smooth flow of their writing style. I also connect with the small-town aspect and the characters who live in those towns. While each author’s voice is unique, the overriding message in both authors’ work is love and perseverance. Also, the spiritual thread is subtle, not preachy. At the end of their stories, I’m uplifted rather than depressed.

Of course, too, Francine Rivers’ books have always challenged me and expanded my thinking. While she writes in a different vein, she forces me beyond my comfort zone, and I admire that in an author.

Good choices.  Next question…

 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Cynthia:  One day I’d love to incorporate more diversity in my work. I hope to introduce characters and issues that the inspirational fiction market has yet to embrace. While we’re seeing some progress in this area, there’s still room for expansion.

I’d love to write about average, everyday “mom and pop” characters adjusting to twenty-first century realities—in other words, those themes deemed too “racy” to address, yet realities that exist within today’s “church.”

Handled with Christlike compassion within a spiritual framework, I believe these stories would resonate with readers.

In fact, I think these stories would be groundbreaking.

What a great idea! Last question:

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Cynthia:  Ida Mae Hoscutt, a beloved character from Her Hope Discovered, book one in my Welcome to Ruby series, is the colorful, down-home friend I’d love to have in real life. Full of wit and witticisms (kind of like me), Ida Mae is the owner of the Come and Get It, a small-town diner in fictional Ruby, Missouri. She’s charming and down-to-earth with a big heart and an even bigger attitude.

If I were to spend the day with Ida Mae, I suppose we’d kick off the morning with the diner special and a strong, black cup of coffee. We’d gab for a good hour or two, and then maybe we’d venture across town to her little abode where we’d have a chick-flick marathon, munch popcorn and slug back some hot apple cider.

At some point, I’m quite certain we’d bake a cherry pie and indulge in a slice still warm from the oven. Maybe later we’d expend some calories and take a hike along the Ozark foothills. It would be the perfect day—sunny and warm, filled with giggles, hugs, and memory-making, Paradise.cherry-pie-1241372_1280

Sounds like a wonderful day. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Her Hope Discovered

HerHopeDiscoveredIs the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?

Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.
Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course?

Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.

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Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink. 

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA. 

She is a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014. Her work is represented by WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.

Cindy loves to connect with friends at her online home. She also hangs out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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16 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Cynthia Herron

  1. HER HOPE DISCOVERED is on my Kindle! I just found it! (The holidays have been a bit crazy, and I’ve been a bit checked out.) We’re making a trip to St. Louis today, so I’ll be reading while hubby drives. 🙂 Cindy, you always do a great interview! I have to confess: I’m a bit jealous of Ida Mae. I might have to hop across the state and grab that cup of coffee and slice of pie with you. 🙂 I’m certain our paths will cross someday soon. I’ll wait until then to get my print copy (signed, of course!) because I still prefer the real book. Are you attending the Missouri Writers Guild Conference in Cape Girardeau in May?

  2. Thankful for Karen Sargent’s post about your book. Looking forward to picking up a copy since I’m from West Plains, Missouri which sounds like Ruby, Mo.

  3. I have read Her Hope Discovered and love the story! I would like to be friends with Ida Mae, too. I bet she has some crazy stories to share. 🙂 So glad to get to know more about Cynthia Herron.

  4. Hi Karen! I’d love to join you for pie and coffee anytime! 🙂 I haven’t completely lined up my schedule for 2019 yet, but I usually attend the ACFW conference in the fall. I’d really like to attend the MO Writer’s Guild Conference in May, too. I’ll see what I can do!

  5. Melissa, *waves* Ida Mae is definitely one of my favorite characters. She personifies “the gal next door” and she’s totally unpretentious–kind of like me. Lol

  6. I enjoyed Cindy’s responses. She certainly offered some food for thought. Her Hope Discovered is truly an interesting story.

  7. Waving to Cynthia! Since I love small town stories, I’m looking forward to my visit to Ruby. I’m sure I’ll enjoy spending time chatting with Ida Mae in her diner. ♥️

  8. I have seen Cynthia at Mountain Brook Ink FaceBook page when I’ve had a chance to look, but have not yet read her book. Her book cover looks inviting, as is this interview. I think I would love to spend some time with Ida Mae also!

  9. Personally, I’d like to see the kinds of stories you mentioned wanting to write. I also believe there is a place for them in Christian Fiction. Where are we driving the twenty and thirty-somethings who want stories that deal with today’s issues if we don’t provide them within the Christian Fiction market?

  10. Hi Jeanne, while not West Plains, (fictional) Ruby is kind of like the small town I grew up in as a young girl. At church we had “poundings,” where folks donated a pound of this or a pound of that to newcomers in town. When mamas had babies, neighbors happily cooked and delivered a month’s supply of meals to the happy family. Everyone knew where everyone lived and what kind of car they drove. Sometimes, they knew a little too much, but their intentions were genuine and their hearts in the right place.

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love HER HOPE DISCOVERED. 🙂

  11. Sherida, hi, friend! I’ve lived in or around small towns most of my life. There’s definitely a certain “feel” to them. While life changes, small towns seem to still hold a unique appeal. You’re going to love Ida Mae. 😉

  12. Hi Becky! MBI’s cover designer did a fabulous job with my book’s cover. She really captured the essence of small-town Ruby, Missouri. Yes, Ida Mae endears herself to everyone! 🙂

  13. Hi Rebecca, so glad you agree. Yes, it’s time to meet “good church folk” where they are. In other words–those who fall short, have addictions, and carry baggage just like everyone else. Thanks for stopping by and weighing in!

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