Cindi Madsen dropped by the virtual offices to chat about Falling for Her Fiancé, a romance published under Entangled’s Bliss imprint. Cindi also pens YA stories, so be sure to check out All The Broken Pieces!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Cindi Madsen] Romance writer of both adult & YA who loves writing, reading, music, dancing, junk food & shoes. Also loves her awesome, supportive family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Falling for Her Fiancé?
[Cindi Madsen] Best friends since college, Wes and Dani decide to fake an engagement to get Wes through his sister’s wedding, where his ex is a bridesmaid, and Dani through a company retreat and hopefully earn her a promotion. Along the way they start realizing there might be something more than friendship between them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Cindi Madsen] My editors were talking about their wish list for the Bliss line, something I’d talked with my editor about writing, and she said she loved the friends to lovers storyline. Her editing assistant said she wanted a fake engagement. That night when I went to go to sleep, suddenly I was thinking about friends who fake an engagement. I started thinking of how funny it’d be as they lied their way through it, and all the slip ups and forced proximity & faked kissing that had them start wondering how much was fake. I couldn’t fall asleep until I had the whole thing mostly outlined in my head, and got a sense of how the characters played off each other. I knew I had to write it ASAP.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dani?
[Cindi Madsen] Caring, athletic, family-oriented
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Wes had a theme song, what would it be?
[Cindi Madsen] Interesting question. I’m going with Afterlife by Switchfoot. It’s on the playlist for the book and since Wes is all about being impulsive the following lyrics fit:
And I wonder why would I wait till I die to come alive?
I’m ready now
I’m not waiting for the afterlife
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Dani is never without.
[Cindi Madsen] She played basketball in college, so while she doesn’t carry a ball around, she does have one in the trunk of her car, so she can play at a moment’s notice. And of course she’s pretty attached to her cell phone, especially whenever the “SexyBack” ringtone plays, because that means Wes is calling. (He programmed it in, telling her the song was just “so me”)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Wes’ bedroom?
[Cindi Madsen] Candles
Folded laundry—his laundry is in piles, or hung up if he’s on top of things
Before Dani came to visit, he’d probably say a dress, especially one that looked backwards. But after he gets a look at the “backwards dress” on Dani, he’s all about it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Dani’s greatest regret?
[Cindi Madsen] Moving to Arkansas with her ex-boyfriend, following his dreams instead of her own.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Cindi Madsen] Music. I love the way it can make you feel and transport you. I want to put those emotions into my book, which is why I make playlists for my books. Other than that, I read a lot and really well-written movies and TV shows also get my creative juices flowing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Cindi Madsen] Music
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Cindi Madsen] Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. That book was recommended to me by a couple of my twitter peeps, and it was AMAZING!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Cindi Madsen] So hard. I’m going to have to go with Anne of Green Gables. I mentioned it in another interview, but one of my teachers, a woman named Shelly Russell turned me onto them when I was in grade school, and I loved them. Then my mom gave me The Witch of Blackbird Pond and that pretty much cemented my love of reading.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Cindi Madsen] Usually watching movies with my husband, or desperately trying to catch up on all the cleaning I let go while I was writing (watching movies is MUCH more fun) We also like to go out to eat as a family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Cindi Madsen] Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/CindiMadsen
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the Author:
Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.