Today’s interview is with Cindy Burkart Maynard, author of Finding the Way.
- What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Cindy Burkart Maynard Tucson, Arizona
- What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“Finding the Way” It is historical fiction
- What is the book about?
Set in 1250 in the Basque Pyrenees of northeastern Spain, it’s the story of a young Basque girl, caught in the personal and cultural friction between traditional folkways and Christianity. Her devastating personal tragedy propels her to undertake a quest along the Camino de Santiago. So far I’d characterize it as a cross between an action/adventure novel and a Canterbury Tales. https://www.cindymaynard.net/
- Where did you come up with the idea?
In 2017 I walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain. In 2017 over 200,000 people walked the Camino, a number equal to those who walked In 1250 AD. I wondered what it would it have been like to walk this path in 1250. After a year of research and reading I set pen to paper. Finding the Way is my answer to that question.
- How long did it take you to write it?
It took about 2 years months to write.
- Did you learn anything from the project?
It’s historical fiction, so I learned a lot from my research. I learned a lot from walking the Camino. I learned more about honing my writing skills. So I learned a lot, both personally and professionally
- Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have a website: HOME | Writer/Author (cindyburkartmaynard.com)
I do not have a book video
- Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I have only one tip, from a friend who wrote a book in a month for NaNoWriMo. We are all very busy, but it’s amazing what you can get done in two hours. Just squeeze an hour or two into your schedule five or six day per week. Take time off once in a while to recharge your batteries.
- What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love historical fiction above all else. But I read and/or listen to anything I think is well written. I don’t read romance, fantasy, erotica, cowboy-and-indian style westerns,
- What is your favorite book of all time and why?
No fair! I can’t begin to remember or compare all the wonderful books I’ve read. In the last few years my favorite is “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Delia Owenss
- Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have two cats, George and Gracie. They keep me amused. And my husband, Bob. Does he count?
- Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I own a kindle. I love it. I can take many books with me wherever I go, and it fits in my purse. I do still love the feel and smell of a real print book
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