Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you CP Smith!
CP Smith writes Romance with a Twist. She believes books should be about escape rather than reality. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and five children.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? No, I’ve always wanted to do something creative though and I have. I started as a singer and then moved on to acting. I think creative people in general have abilities in many areas of art, and after pursuing many outlets over the years it was a natural progression for me to try something new. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a kid, and admit I dreamed about writing at some point. It took me until four years ago to finally try. The satisfaction I get from creating worlds and characters is like nothing I’ve experienced in any other form of art. Therapeutic, if you will.
Why did you choose to write your genre? Historical romance is my favorite genre followed by romantic suspense. Since historical requires an extensive background in history, I chose to write romantic suspense.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Hmm, nothing strange. I’ve written about a 60 year old grandmother selling sex toys. Does that count? [I think that does.]
What are you currently working on? My current WIP is Wallflowers: Double Trouble the second in my new series about three friends who happen to be wallflowers and the men that steal their hearts.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? My love for historical romance motivated the plot of Wallflowers. They’re modern wallflowers who love to read historical romance. They’re basically me, but much younger.
What was the hardest story for you to write? A Reason To Live was the hardest for me to write. It touches on PTSD in our veterans and I didn’t want to gloss over the subject. Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide and I felt a deep responsibility to get the characters motivation and feelings right.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I don’t outline. It probably makes it harder for me to write, but I like letting the characters lead the story and where it will go.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Jack Gunnison. He was my first hero and he is fashioned after my husband. I guess you could say he’s my favorite because he’s real.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Not for long. Maybe a day or two. I usually overcome it by reading!
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? All of them do. Parts of me are in each heroine, but I always write myself into my books in the older characters. I’m always the smart mouthed older aunt or crazy mother that drives my hero’s nuts.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Historical. One of these days I’m gonna take the time to learn what I need to write a historical romance. There’s just something about a duke that gets my juices flowing! Haha.
Which authors inspire you? There are three that motivate me to be the best writer I can be: Jane Austen, Julie Garwood, and Kristen Ashley.
What novel would you read multiple times? There are several that I’ve read multiple times. The one I’ve read the most is Persuasion by Jane Austen. It teaches you to never give up on love.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) That’s easy. Jane Austen. Her wit and insight into relationships still holds truth even in modern society.
What is your favorite quote? I was going through a black period in my life, and when I read [this] passage I instantly wanted to be a flower that grew from my past. That’s when I began exploring writing and the healing process began for me.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I’m obsessed with Bears.
What is your favorite color? Olive Green.
When you’re not writing… I format professionally as well as own my own business with my husband.
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Thanks for kicking off the new year with me!
Join me next week when E.M. Rinaldi drops by.