Today we’re celebrating the release of
WHAT SHE'D DO FOR LOVE
So, Cindi, where did you get the idea for this novel?
I grew up in a small town in Texas that has experienced a lot of changes since I was a child. Whenever I go 'home' it makes me kind of sad to see so many changes. I wanted to write about a heroine who experienced those same emotions, and give her a way to deal with them that would have a happy ending. I also met a guy who was a lot like Ryder in this story -- he traveled a lot, had never put down roots and was happy with that. I wondered what it would take to make him rethink that lifestyle, so I thought he'd be the perfect hero for my home-loving heroine.
Ooh, a tough one! This captures a moment where my heroine, Christa, realizes how much she loves both the family ranch and Ryder -- and he begins to realize he could be at home here -- as long as Christa is with him.
How long did it take you to write?
I'm a fast writer. This took 3-4 months.
What is your favorite scene?
My favorite scene is when Ryder has been helping Christa and her father on the family ranch and she takes him to the old homestead and tells him her grandfather and grandmother's love story. It's such a sweet moment of connection for them, and it shows the kind of enduring love she wants in her own life.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I really love Ryder! He's a true 'good guy' --a hard worker who looks after his mom and gets along with his dad. But his nomadic upbringing as a military brat has made it hard for him to really get close to people. He thinks he's fine, but Christa is able to show him what's missing in his life.
Tell us one thing you learned during research.
I learned that a lot of toll roads and other highway projects these days are being built by private companies instead of city and state governments. They foot the bill for the project, collect tolls until they get back their costs and profits, then deed the highway to the city or state. It's an innovative way to build infrastructure.
What music would match the mood of this novel?
Country and western -- something upbeat and down-home
This is your 56th? book. Exactly what does that mean to you?
It kind of boggles my mind. I've wanted to be a writer since I was 8 years old, so to have that dream come true, and to be able to continue to write stories I love, year after year, is a real privilege.What do you plan to work on next?
I'm working on a new series for Harlequin Intrigue right now, which will be out in 2015.What are you reading for pleasure right now?
I'm glomming on Kimani romances right now -- currently reading Every Road to You, by Phyllis Bourne