Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Interview With Cyndi Tefft + Ebook Giveaway

Today I bring you, guys, and interview with my Twitter friend, Cyndi Tefft, whose ebook, BETWEEN, has been released today! And she'll give away one digital copy of her YA novel to one of you! To participate, just leave a comment and an email to contact you in case you win.

Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. So she was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle in May 2010.

A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay, not the haggis.

1- Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Between is a young adult paranormal romance about a modern American girl who dies in a car accident and the 18th century Scottish Highlander who comes to take her to heaven. Here’s the blurb from the cover:

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.
After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.
Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

Sounds fun!

2- How did you get the idea for this book?

I was watching a video with Stephenie Meyer where she was talking about being a stay-at-home mom who had a dream and wrote it down. She made it sound simple and I wondered if I might be able to do the same. Having been through it now, I can tell you that writing a book is not simple, but it is something that you can do if you set your mind to it.

About that same time, I was reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and completely fell in love with Scotland and the history of the nation. I wanted a Scottish hero of my own, so I wrote one!

3- Are you nervous/excited that your book is out now and that everyone can read it? How does it feel?

I vacillate between excited and anxious. I know there will be people who don’t really care for it (there always are), but I am hopeful that many people will really like the book. So I focus on that positive thought to drown out the negative voices in my head!

4- I have some friends who want to self publish.  What would you tell them about your experience that will help them decide which path to take?

I originally wrote the novel just to see if I could, not to get it published and certainly not with any visions of money or fame. It wasn't until I was most of the way finished with the first draft and talking with friends about the book that the question of publication came up. I knew nothing about it and spent over a year researching, querying agents, making revisions, etc... I got caught up in the rollercoaster that is publication and it sucked the joy out of writing. So I decided that self-publication was the better route for me. It allows me to get the book out to readers who enjoy this type of story, while preserving the joy and creativity of writing for me.

Going the independent route is not for the faint of heart, though. There is no one to come along side you and tell you how it should be done. On the other hand, indie authors have control over covers, fonts, marketing and such that traditionally published authors do not. One is not better than the other (in my opinion), and I think that sentiment will become more widespread as time goes on.

Thanks for your insight!
5- Can you tell us something fun about yourself that we probably don’t know?

I love to play ping pong (and some might even say I’m not half bad)! At my last job, I played every day at lunch with people who routinely wiped the floor with me. That just spurred me on, since I have an over-developed competitive spirit. This video is one of my favorites!

You’re right, that was a great video! Thanks for sharing.

Here are some ways to connect with Cyndi:

Thanks for having me on the blog. I had a great time!
Thanks for coming, Cyndi. I also had a great time! ;)


  1. Good for you , Monica! Congrats on your book and best of luck!!

  2. I love Scotland! Best of luck with the release!

  3. Oooh, BETWEEN sounds scrumptious! I do love a good Scot. Congrats on the release, Cyndi!

    In case I win: linda(dot)grimes(at)gmail(dot)com

    *crosses fingers*

  4. Sounds like a fun book! So many people are choosing Self-pub today. Thanks for the interview.

  5. Jaime from the Outlander series is one of my all-time book crushes! Your book sounds fantastic, Cyndi!!

  6. First of all, I LOVE the title of the book. Wow. And the blurb is amazing. What a clever idea!

  7. Sounds like a great book! Also, I love learning that Cyndi plays ping pong. Such a cool hobby to have.

  8. Sounds lke a great book. Love the cover. :D

  9. Sounds awesome!!! I want in on this contest!!!!

  10. Sounds like a good read! Congrats!

  11. I love a story with a man in a kilt! I would love to read this! Good luck on it Cyndi and thanks for bringing it to our attention Monica:)

  12. I happened to have read an ARC of this book and it is truly full of AWESOME. And there is a whole lot of yum mixed in there too.

  13. PK, congrats on Cyndi's book! LOL

    Kimmy, me too! I'd love to visit sometime!

    Linda, I like that word--scrumptious...

    Lisa, right! So many!

    Elizabeth! *waves* Nice to see you around :D

    Julie: the title is great, isn't it?

    Tracey, did you see that ping-pong video? It was hilarious!

    Stina, ditto!

    Kimberly: you are in!! :D

    Holly, <333 for you!

    Deana, yeah somehow men in kilts are sexy!

    Oh you're really lucky, Christa! :D

  14. BETWEEN sounds very cool! What a brave soul Cyndi is. Best, best, best of luck with the book.

  15. Thanks, everyone! Moni was such a sweetie to have me on the blog. :)