Cassandra Huddleston has a dilemma. Her heart still resides with her sweetheart, Frederick Adair, reported as killed in action at the close of the Civil War. Now she has a new suitor, Emerson Bryce, powerful, attractive, and dominant he usually gets what he wants. Cassandra must decide if she can forget the man of her heart and learn to love the man offering her a future.
As she struggles with her feelings, Cassandra is faced with the possibility that Frederick's death might have been greatly exaggerated. If that is true, will Emerson be willing to let her go?
Welcome, Cindy! First, let me say Dilemma of the Heart was one of the most love-filled romances I’ve ever read.
Cindy: I’m so pleased to hear that Emma. Dilemma is an endearing story and one I hope readers won’t soon forget. It is the story of loss and making a decision that could affect the rest of your life. It is poignant, moving and yes I threw in some sass as well.
Emma: I like sass!
Since I’m not familiar with the genre, I’ve got to ask what inspired you to write inspirational?
Cindy: I grew up reading Inspirational and it was my first choice for writing when I began. If anyone would like to learn more about the Inspirational romance or even writing the Inspirational, I have two articles on the Author Studio blog that covers that topic.
Emma: Thanks for the links!
You did an excellent job of creating a believable post-Civil War Philadelphia. I know that you have another American historical, The Heart Never Lies, available through Champagne Books.
When ranch hand Beau Tucker announces his intent to leave the Double C for California, Kit McCauley tells herself, ‘Good riddance.’ Unfortunately her heart isn’t quite in agreement with her head. Perhaps she’ll just have one more talk with the handsome cowboy before he disappears out of her life forever.
Temperatures rise as their interlude is interrupted by an injured horse thief who shoots at Beau and kidnaps Kit. Will Beau be in time to save her or did the ruffian’s bullet ring true, bringing his young life to an end and forever keeping their revelations unsaid?
Many readers like to follow authors of one type of genre. Do you hope to inspire people to explore different genres? Or, are you like many authors and fascinated by a whole range of subjects?
Cindy: I blame it on my own voracious reading habits. I read so many different genres that I just have to try writing them too—especially when the muse calls. I mean, what’s a girl to do? I do hope readers will try genres they might not normally read. Actually, I have had readers tell me ‘I don’t typically read historicals’ or ‘I’ve never read an Inspirational but I loved yours.’ It’s wonderful to get that kind of feedback.
Emma: You also have two free suspense reads, The Thing About Temping and A Girl, A Goon, and A Uniform, available with The Wild Rose Press. I love short stories, and you did an excellent job on both.
As a reader, I’m often turned off by the first person point of view, which is what both stories are written in. However, as a writer, I challenged myself to write a story in first person from the hero’s perspective. (I just sent off the signed contract for the story. YAY!) I have to know why you chose to write in first person.
Cindy: Honestly, I absolutely love writing in first person. I feel so free in that POV and the writing flows very easily from me. The first time I tried 1st person was for my NovelTea short story (A Night of NovelTea). It seemed right for a humorous suspense story and it just worked. All my NovelTea stories are in 1st (from both the hero and heroine perspectives) along with my suspense Free Reads. I have an out-of-print chicklit also in 1st that I plan to resubmit one day, and I have several YA ms that are in first. Otherwise I do still write in the traditional 3rd person.
Emma: Cindy, I know that you have two other inspirationals, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Your Wedding and Relationship Rescue, available with White Rose Publishing and two suspense stories, NovelTea Next Door and A Night of NovelTea, available with The Wild Rose Press. Do you have any other titles available that I missed?
Cindy: Those are all the ones I have available at this time. I have a short winter story coming from White Rose Publishing called Snow Kissed. And from The Wild Rose Press, I have a sensual high fantasy romance titled The Princess and the Rogue that is also Coming Soon. I have three other out-of-print titles which may come available in the near future, I hope.
Emma: Ooh, sounds good. I won’t keep you much longer, but are there any ongoing projects you want to discuss?
Cindy: Oh, too many to name! I have a full-length sequel in the works to Dilemma of the Heart. It’s titled: Temptation of the Heart. I’ve taken the antagonist from the first book and put him together with the sister of Cassandra from Dilemma. I’ve had such a great time writing this one. It is set completely in
Emma: Sounds like you have a lot on your plate! Thank you for your time, Cindy, and good luck on your future books!
Cindy: Thanks for having me today, Emma. I had a great time.