(Stupid in Love #2)
Publication date: February 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.
Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set emotions ablaze–more than ever before.
Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas–she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and–unbeknownst their “mark”–secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.
But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.
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Today we welcome Cindy to the blog for an interview! Let's hear what she has to say!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Hmm. First I wanted to be the Bionic Woman. When that didn’t work out, I thought an archaeologist would be fun. That didn’t work out either (although I was left with a life-long love of Indiana Jones). It wasn’t until after I’d graduated college that I started reading for fun again. Then, I don’t know. I started thinking of stories. Characters. Once I completed my first full novel, I was hooked. J
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
It really varies. I’ve written more than one book in under a month. I’ve taken more than six months to write another. I guess three to four months is optimal. J
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
Usually, the characters form first, for me, and it depends on what genre I’m gearing toward. With my Stupid In Love series, I’ve loved keeping all three novels centrally located at the same setting, Winston University. And, familiar characters are linked through the stories.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I’m typically a better writer early in the morning. But the older I get, the more defiant my body is to EARLY lol.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
I’m writing full time now, and my children are grown and out of the house, so I really have the time to dedicate to my writing. I do leave weekends open for the husband though J
What elements do you think make a great story line?
Characters. There aren’t too many new plots or story lines, but how an author portrays their characters can be memorable and stay in the readers mind for a long, long time.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
The MIDDLE. Lol! Just before everything starts breaking down. It still kicks my butt!
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written 14 full novels, 4 short stories and one novella. I’m currently working on my fifteenth and sixteenth novel simultaneously J My favorite….hmmm, that’s a hard one. I am pretty particular to the fifth book in the first series I wrote, a ghost romance, THIRTEEN CHANCES. And of course, the Stupid In Love series.
Do you have a favorite character?
Another hard one! I really love Grandpa Jilly from Stupid Girl J
Where do you write?
Mostly, on my front porch J Or in my living room.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
Back in the late nineties and early 2000 it was very different than now. A writer submitted everything to agents or editors via snail mail. And you waited. And waited. After the initial query you might get a request for three chapters. You’d wait months, sometimes a lot longer. If you were lucky you’d get a request for a full mss. More waiting. I had joined a critique group, joined RWA, and entered contests—anything to get my work in front of the eyeballs of agents or editors. It was a long process. I researched agents, deciding on who seemed to best be suited to represent my work, if they liked it. Seven years later, I acquired my first agent. Almost a year later we sold my first book to NAL in a three book deal. J
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
Only my mom! And she says WHEN WILL THE RED CARPET HAPPEN lol! J
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I love photography, travel (heading back to Scotland in October!), baking, and the beach. J
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Remain flexible. The market is constantly changing, and you really have to be able to bend with it to stay in it. You can always retain a part of that writing you love. You just have to learn how to fit it in. And, never give up. AND…never think you know it all! Just as fast as you succeed, you can fall. There are thousands of hungry writers out there, so keep your writer’s muscles flexed at all times!
What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
Favorite book? There are way too many in several genres to pick just one, but I did LOVE—absolutely LOVE—The Shining. Fave author? Stephen King. Author inspiration? Yep! Stephen King! (Among many others of course!)
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I have a fabulous team at The Knight Agency—and I mean FABULOUS. I couldn’t ask for a better team! Also, two best writer pals: Lily Dalton and Leah Marie Brown!
Are you working on anything now?
I am! The third book in the Stupid In Love series, STUPID LOVE J I have a few other new ideas scratching at my skull, though!
Thanks so much for being here with us today, Cindy. So great to have you. Good luck with your third book in the series!