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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Interview with Cindy Jacks

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author 
Cindy Jacks on her tour for her contemporary romantic 
comedy, All the Good Men.

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today 
and letting me chat about myself and my book, 
All the Good Men.

1.       Who is Cindy Jacks?

I think I'm just a big kid at heart. I love to 
try new things, from experimental cooking to 
belly dancing, I love pushing the edge of 
my comfort zone and skill set. I hope 
that zest for life comes through in my writing.

2.       What genre do you write? Why?

I write romance and erotica as Cindy Jacks 
and horror, paranormal, and suspense as 
CJ Elliott. Romantic and sexual situations 
appeal to me because I'm endlessly fascinated 
by interpersonal relationships. I had an art history 
teacher who said, “There are as many ways to 
be human as there are people on this planet.” 
I think the same holds true for love.

As for the horror and suspense work I do, it's 
because I'm a big fan of both genres. I can't get 
enough of paperback thrillers, lol.

3.       What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part for me is going through edits. Not 
because I don't want to change my work, but 
I'm very critical of myself so I feel like every 
comment or suggested change is something I 
should've thought of on my own. I'm a 
perfectionist and I can be awfully hard on myself.

4.       Do you ever have problems with writers block?  
If so how do you get through it?

At times, I don't feel like writing, but I think as 
a professional, I don't have the luxury of being
 undisciplined about my craft so I just keep 
approaching the laptop every day, sometimes 
several times a day. Even if I eke out just a few 
words, it's better than avoiding the work by 
playing Mario Kart all day—which I've also 
been known to do, lol. If I keep bouncing ideas 
against the wall eventually I'll have a breakthrough.

5.       What do you do when you’re not writing/editing 
or thinking about writing/editing?

Much of my day is spent with my family. My 
five-year-old son is always showing me different 
ways to view the world. The other day he said, 
“If the sky were orange juice, I could drink it.” 
I found that so profound I wrote it down, lol.
When I'm not keeping up with the family or 
writing, I keep in shape by belly dancing and 
doing yoga. I'm also a very creative person 
so I draw, paint, and make jewelry. And then 
there's also that nasty Mario Kart habit I 
mentioned earlier!

6.       When did you realize you wanted to write?

I've wanted to be an author as long as I can remember. 
My parents gave me a huge gift by teaching me to 
love books. Reading has always been a big part 
of my life and reading great works of fiction 
made me want to create my own novels and short stories.

7.       While working on a story, do you directly onto the 
computer or are there notebooks and plot ideas 
jotted down in various places?

I usually write directly on the computer—I can't 
function without my laptop. But when the 
weather's nice outside, I'll take my son to the park 
and write in a notebook. Sometimes writing the 
old-fashioned w
ay with pen and paper brings 

about interesting results because there's this 

sort of built-in editing process that takes place 

when I transcribe the handwritten work to the computer.

8.       From your own writing, do you have a favourite story or character? Why?

I think All the Good Men is shaping up to be my 
favorite book, though it didn't start out that way. 
It came from an off-handed idea that I thought 
would turn out 'fluffier' than the book actually did. 
It's was also a struggle to get to know the characters 
and to get the right balance of romance, comedy, 
and drama. But I think because the book was 
difficult to get right, it means more now that 
it's out in the world for public consumption. 
I feel like I earned the success.

9.       Tell us one thing about you we don’t know.

I have an outrageous shoe fetish. I love shoes, 
particularly very feminine, spectacularly stylish heels. 
I think I have about thirty pairs. I know they're 
horrible for my feet, but I don't care. My love 
of shoes runs so deep, I wrote an entire book 
about a pair of red high heels designed by 
Beth Levine that drift from owner to owner and 
an 6 decades. Taking Off: the Red Shoe 

Collection is another one of my favorite books, 
probably because it was the easiest for me to write, lol.

Thank you again for having me! 
Below are my links to share with readers. 
I enjoyed the interview so much!

Buy it now: All the Good Men
But it now: Taking Off—the Red Shoe Collection

Thanks for being here, Cindy!!

Here's a bit about All the Good Men

Good things come in forty-something 
firefighter packages...

Dahlia is sure the hackneyed platitude is true: After 
a certain age, all the good men are married or gay. 
She feels her thirty-eight years put her well past 
that 'certain age.' Her best friend and her sisters 
dare her to put her fate where her mouth is. 
The terms of the challenge? 
During the month of October, she has to end
 her five-year-long man fast and go on dates
 with men of their choosing. Oh, and she 
also has to go out with anyone else who asks.

As the date disasters pile up, the vindication 

almost makes the torturous evenings bearable 

for Dahlia. But a handsome new neighbor, 

Jackson Carmichael, moves in, changing the 

rules of the game. Retired after twenty-six years 

as a pro firefighter in Boston, he volunteers 

with the local fire department, coaches a youth 

hockey team, and appears for all the world 

to be the perfect man. He just might throw a 

wrench into Dahlia's plan to die lonely and 

single...that is if she doesn't scare him away first.



  1. Great interview, Cindy. I can't function without my laptop either, lol.

    Best of luck with the book!

  2. My laptop, netbook ...

    Thanks for stopping by KatieO!!

  3. Cindy Jacks + Kristin Manter + Mario Kart = NOTHING GETTING DONE!!!! ROFL!!!! Peas in a pod, you and me, sista. I am inspired by the fact that you do make it a point to write everyday, even just a few words.
    Great interview!