Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you to the fantastic Cyn Balog! You might know her from her debut novel Fairy Tale, released in June 2009 and she is now getting back to us with her second book, Sleepless.
More about the book (description from Cyn’s website):
Eron De Marchelle isn’t supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn’t encouraged to–after all, getting too involved in one human’s life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.
But he can’t deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can’t seem to reach her . . .
Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?
Would you like to talk to us about your upcoming release, Sleepless.
Sure! Sleepless comes out July 13. It's about a Sandman who falls in love with a mortal girl whose sleep he controls.
A story about a sandman is quite original, how did you come with that idea *eyebrow raised inquisitively* ?
I was driving home and it suddenly popped into my head that I should write about a Sandman. Maybe because I was sleepy, which, while driving, is probably not a good thing to be thinking about. I had this image in my head of a guy sitting outside a sleeping girl's window, invisible, longing to be a part of her life. Luckily I made it home in one piece and was able to actually write the thing.
What would the favorite song of each of your main characters?
Eron's favorite song is In the Good Old Summertime, Griffin's is You Belong to Me, and Julia has a thing for anything by Boys Like Girls.
Fairy Tale was release in '09, Sleepless will be out next month and there's another title on the way for 2011, they are all stand alone (unless I'm mistaken?), do you have plans to write a series at some point?
I would write a series if that ever came up! I do enjoy writing single titles because I start to feel bored with my characters after awhile and want to kill them off. I am like a character serial killer (if you are fictional, you should be very afraid of me). I think I would feel very claustrophobic being stuck with the same characters over a few books. Though now that FAIRY TALE has been out awhile I find myself missing the characters in there. And not a week goes by that I don't get asked if there will be a sequel, so maybe I will go back and revisit it one day!
Your favorite writing subject when your were only a "young-writer" ?
I didn't write about hurting poor, defenseless fictional animals, but for some reason I loved to write about death and destruction. I wrote a choose your own adventure book when I was 10 called "YOUR BUILDING IS ON FIRE." Most of the endings led the reader to a crispy demise.
Is Cyn your birth name or a pen name?
I was born Cynthia but haven't gone by that... ever. I bet if you said that out loud I wouldn't even turn my head.
Is there anything about you our readers would be surprised to learn? *winks*
I actually don't think anything about me is surprising. If I mention anything weird, since I am weird, people will be like, "I totally expected that from you, weirdo." So I am trying to think of a very normal thing that I do. I wear socks. And they usually match.
Since your book is about dream, what was the silliest dream/nightmare you've ever had?
I had a dream when I was nine or ten that I was in league with the evil Batman and Robin and we were stirring a big witch's cauldron of body parts and saying Goobledy Goobledy Goo, which obviously makes a lot of sense.
(Batman illustration artist: Wildlifehoodoo)
Is there anything else you would like to mention?
Goobledy goobledy goo?
Thank you very much Cyn for this colorful interview! I had a great time and really appreciate you taking the time to stop by!
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