AuThursday – Cindy Spencer Pape

Hello Naughty Boys and Girls!   Please welcome fellow Resplendence Author Cindy Spencer Pape.  Speaking of Authors…Cindy – Who is your favorite author and why?

I can’t claim to have any one favorite. Early influences would include Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, then later Jayne Ann Krentz, Elizabeth Lowell, and Linda Howard. More recently I’ve discovered Lora Leigh, Christine Warren, and Christine Feehan. Plus, outside of romance, I adore humorous SF/fantasy writers like Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and more recently, Jim Butcher, and the occasional mystery.

Q: How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

No, Every book unfolds a little differently. Some of it is plotting, some of it is waiting to see how

Q: Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We’ d love to hear all about them!) 

Well, I just sent a book off to my Ellora’s Cave editor, and I have projects under consideration with a few different houses. My current WIP’s include a trilogy with the fabulous Desiree Holt and Regina Carlysle, and my new love, a steampunk romance.

Q: Any recent appearances that you would like to share with us about/any upcoming ones?

I was at Romanticon in October and plan to be at the RT convention in April. Anything in between is still unknown.

Q: Do you have a favorite hero in all your books? For any particular reason? 

You know, I love them all, or I don’t think I could write them. A few favorites include Fitz from Crazy for the Cowboy (Wild Rose Press) David from Djinni and the Geek (Ellora’s Cave) and Will from Wings of the Raven (Total-E-Bound). Why? They’re all imperfect, but come through in the clutch.

Q: How hard is it to keep sex/love scenes fresh and interesting?

Always a challenge!

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?



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Join me on Saturday when Cindy shares a steamy excerpt from her latest book, “Nailed.”




32 comments on “AuThursday – Cindy Spencer Pape

  1. Tina, thanks so much for having me here!


  2. donna says:

    Don’t you just hate that who’s your favorite author question, there are so many to choose from it’s always a hard one to answer. But the why part is always easy, they write a darn good novel.

    Happy holiday wishes to all, Donna (a fellow wild rose author)


  3. Hi, Cindy — nice interview! And nice to meet you! I’m a fellow TWRP author with my first release coming out next month, and you are so right about keeping love scenes fresh…a challenge indeed. I look forward to seeing how you do it! 🙂


  4. Hi, Cindy,

    That sounds like some antho you’re working on.

    I’d love to know where you find such great titles. That’s always a challenge for me. Djinni and the Geek?! Fabulous!

    All the best,


  5. Great interview, ladies!! BTW, I love David, too!! 😀


  6. Neecy says:

    Great Interview Tina,
    Cindy your a fabulous writer. Love your books and freshness you give to us readers. Can’t wait to read Nailed it sounds as interesting as it’s title.


  7. Jambrea says:

    Great interview. You’re stuff rocks. I love your geek series. 😀 I think MY favorite Cindy book is the on you co-wrote with Lacey Thorn for EC. One Good Man. I LOVE that story!!


  8. Hi Cindy and Tina,

    Great interview! I can’t wait to read your trilogy with Regina and Desiree. What an amazing mix of authors. :0)



  9. Wow, thanks for the great comments everyone! Lisabet, I can’t take credit for most of my good titles–I really stink at them too. Djinni and the Geek came up at an RWA retreat brainstorming session. 🙂 Lyn, Reg and Des and I also did a Christmas anthology for EC last year…it’s on sale now, hint, hint. Linda, nice to meet you! Donna, Bron, Neecy, Jambrea–HUGS!


  10. anny cook says:

    As always, this is a great interview. Hmmmm…favorite hero. Yeah, I like David, too, though you have some terrific stuff out there now!


  11. Cate Masters says:

    Wonderful interview. Cindy, your books span an impressive range! Djinni and the Geek is very intriguing, and the steampunk too. Congrats on all your accomplishments!


  12. Marie Tuhart says:

    Great interview, Cindy. All your books sound like fun, and like many I love the title Djinni and the Geek. Great to find out more about a fellow TWRP author.


  13. Great interview, Cindy! I’m glad you’re keeping busy with your writing, because you have great books!!



  14. Nice interview. Got in some good points about current writing activity and plans of future projects.


  15. amberskyze says:

    Hey Cindy, great interview! And I know your books are terrific. 🙂


  16. Taylor Tryst says:

    Hi Cindy and Tina,

    Thanks for the great interview.

    Cindy, I’ve heard various descriptions of ‘Steampunk’ and I can’t wait to see your take on it!



  17. Julia Barrett says:

    Cindy! Looks like you are lonely no more! What a great interview! Sounds like you have a fun time ahead of you.


  18. Liz says:

    Great interview, Cindy! I’m impressed that you were able to narrow down your favorite heroes to just a few!


  19. Fran Lee says:

    Great interview, ladies! Enjoyed it tremendously!


  20. Hey Cindy!!!

    Great interview!!! You are such a prolific and talented writer!!!


  21. Wow, thanks everyone! Marie and Cate, great to meet you, and Norman, thanks so much for stopping by! Liz, Fran, Amber, Taylor, Anne Marie, Phyllis, and Anny, I hope you know how much your continued encouragement and support has meant to me!


  22. Sandie E says:

    Great intervview Cindy. I am intrigued by your title “Nailed”. I’ll have to come back Saturday for your excerpt.



  23. Great interview ladies!I loved working on the Carnal Reunions anthology with Cindy. She’s an amazing author and trust me, “Nailed” is a wonderful story! Looking forward to seeing you at RT;-)


  24. Fun interview, Cindy and Tina!
    I recently re-read Trapped and I love David fron Djinni! Mistletoe Magic is one of my favorite holiday anthologies, and Yuletide Enchantment is waiting for me on my flash drive!


  25. Hi, Sandie! There are also excerpts from each of my books up on my website, so you can browse there too, LOL! Tessie, Paris, thanks sooooo much! You were both fabulous to work with on this anthology too!


  26. Hi Cindy,

    You sound like a very busy author with so many things on the go.
    Nailed, sounds like it could be a compulsory read for me.

    Merry Christmas



  27. Martha Warner says:

    Hi Cindy! Sorry I didn’t make it sooner – the flu kicked my butt yesterday… 😦

    I’m glad you picked Will as one of your fav’s… I love him. That book (WofR) is in my “Read again over and over” file. 🙂


  28. George Allwynn says:

    Hey! It’s Cindy!

    The woman who never sleeps and just churns out those damn good books without breaking a sweat under her armpits!

    Happy Holidays!!

    Nice interview. Thumbs up onf the humorous SF/fantasy writers I enjoy Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett,– don’t think I’ve heard of Jim Butcher — how about Neil Gaimen?

    As for steampunk – I REALLY want to read that! I’ve been entertaining the thought of attempting steampunk, but I think I need to study it a bit more. Any suggestions who to read?


  29. Thanks Margaret, great to see you over hear. Martha, fell better, hon! And George, thanks for the laugh…never breaks a sweat…HA! But how could I have forgotten Gaiman? Bad Cindy!


  30. Sandy Lender says:

    Ah, Cindy, I missed the interview and commenting. Just got into my mail and saw a digest list with the announcement. But I’m pleased to see you’re working on several projects…Very good…

    Have a Merry Christmas! I hope you find writing time during the holiday break!

    From Sandy Lender
    “Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”


  31. Desiree Holt says:

    Great interview, cindy. I love your books, They just get better and better.


  32. I figure better late than never on chiming in. You are always soooo busy with something new and exciting. I love working with you by the way!


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