Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Well, finally managed to get on Twitter. I've never been to the site as tweeting is something I never saw myself doing. It was pretty simple, make a profile, pick interesting people to follow, tweet a status. I think it may take a few weeks to get the feel of what to tweet. I mean what are we interested in hearing about? I guess it will depend on who is following. My plan is to tweet about writing, books, characters, updates on STEP and the occasional personal life experience. But aren't plans meant to be broken? Hmm, think I'll just tweet whatever the hell I feel like at that moment.
So, off I go tweeting, facebooking, blogging and most importantly, Step(ping).!/Cindy_Paterson

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Step is the most difficult novel I have written. To try and redeem a character is never an easy task. Being the writer, in my head there is redemption, but will the readers feel the same? Even I have trouble liking a character when they are weak. I want to yell at them, tell them to get some . . .  well you get it.
But this is why I write. I love creating a character that has 'issues' and Step has it in spades. I want real life in my books, the honest emotions that make a character weak and vulnerable. It may even make you dislike or pity them, but the difficult climb back up that hill to find their strength and courage is so much more meaningful.
I spent a lot of time with a therapist discussing my character and the issue. It had to be precise, how they felt, why they felt that way, how they could repair themselves. I never want to make light of a serious issue and the story has to show that.
Step has taken many drastic turns with the writing process, but like the characters, the struggle only makes it stronger.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Writing to music brings out a whole slew of emotions. My Itunes folders are listed according to the type of scenes I'm writing. Writing to "Don't worry be Happy" when Waleron and Delara are fighting or having an intense moment filled with their emotions just won't mesh. With the way their emotions are on a roller coaster of  electricity, it would be Paramore or maybe Leona Lewis's "Run".
Sometimes if I have a moment of uncertainty regarding a scene or sentence, I close my eyes and listen to the music to feel the emotion I want to portray in the scene. I want every word or gesture coming from my characters to be exactly what 'they' would do or say. It would be unlike Jedrik to be in a scene without giving some kind of smart ass remark. That is how he deals.
I love every genre of music (okay, almost every genre). I can have country song playing and the next song is pop or rock then Celtic. This way I'm almost always listening to fresh music as constantly there are new songs coming out to be downloaded that I can mix into my folders. The newest song I purchased is Leroy Bell's "Dream of Peace". What a remarkable voice.
I do have one song that I listen to more than any other and that's "More Time" by Needtobreathe. I never hear it on the radio which keeps it fresh and the song kicks butt.
The sex scenes, well that is another story . . . . 

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Well, JUMP is now available at and I'm so excited! The joy of having people from around the world read something I am so passionate about is indescribable.
For my first post I want to say THANK YOU for those that have written reviews. I am truly honoured. This is embarrassing but true, I actually cried when I saw how much the readers loved my novel and my characters. When you put so much of your heart into something and others truly appreciate and understand it, the overwhelming feeling is incredible. Again thank you :)