Cynthia Starts a Band by Olivia Swindler
1- What are some of the values of family, as found in this book?
Eleanor has a complicated family relationship. She is extremely close with her cousin, who was her first call when she decided to leave Kittanning but has a strained relationship with her sister. But as the book progresses it is clear that family is extremely important. One of the main family values is being a reliable constant in someone’s life. The beauty of family is we have the opportunity to stand alongside people for their whole life, which can create not only a stronger bond but a healthier relationship.
2- Would you please, in 160 characters or less, give a #WriteTip ?
Write every single day. Even if what you are writing is not good, set aside time every day to write. When inspiration strikes, you already have the habit built.
3- What most motivates you to read a new book?
Every new book feels like a window into someone else’s experience. I love learning from the lives and experiences of others, and reading is one of the best ways to do that!
4- Have you ever started a band, or known someone who has? #cynthiastartsaband
I wanted to be in a band my whole childhood, but much to my dismay, I am pretty tone-deaf. Somehow, all of my best friends are musical, so I have gotten to support them in various capacities!
5- Would you share a picture with us of your book in a fun autumn setting?
6- Do you take part in NaNoWriMo? (http://nanowrimo.org)
I have never taken part, but I love the concept. I write pretty consistently each day, and unfortunately, November is a busy time of year for me. However, I would love to participate one year!!
7- What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
This is slightly cheating because it is a TV show, not a movie, but I loved the recent adaptation of The Flight Attendant. Both the book and the movie highlight different parts of the story, and I honestly think I love them both equally.
8- Do you have a favorite #bookstagram image or account/ profile?
I follow so many bookstagrammers! I really love the Novel Pairings podcast’s instagram! It has inspired me to read more classics this year. @novelpairingspod
9- Are you a Plotter, Pantser, or Plantser, and how did you adopt that style?
I am a planster! I have a general roadmap in my head of where I want a story to go, but I hold it loosely and mostly keep it in my head or random notes on my phone. I like to know where the story is going and where I want each character to end up, but I want to be able to have freedom within that as I get to know the characters better.
10- What does your basic writing schedule look like, and how often do you write?
When I am working on a project I try to write 1,000 words each day. Because writing is not my full-time job, I need to organize it into my schedule, or else it will be put on the backburner.
11- What is your favorite book by someone else, what's the author's Twitter handle, and what do you love most about that book? #FridayReads book recommendation time!
Author name: Elle Cosimano @ElleCosimano
Title: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It
Love because: It was laugh out loud funny while tackling difficult themes! I could not put this book down.
12- What emotions do you hope your book will evoke for the reader?
I want readers to feel empowered. We can do hard things, and I hope that my book helps readers believe and see that in themselves.
13- What kind of impact do you hope your book will have?
I want my book to connect with people and give words to help tell their own stories and experiences.
14- What is your favorite creative non-writing activity to do?
I love to paint!
15- diversebooks.org #WeNeedDiverseBooks What's your favorite book with a diverse main character?
My favorite book with a diverse main character is Infinite Country. The writing was stunning, and it was such a heartbreakingly beautiful commentary on what it is like to immigrate to the United States.
16- What method do you feel is the best way to get book reviews?
As this is my first novel, I have thought about this question a lot. I tend to be an over recommender. If I read or watch something good, I want all of my friends to do the same. I think the best way to get book reviews is by others recommending my book to a friend. That is such a highly coveted honor!!
17- What was the deciding factor in your publication route?
I met with Karen Anderson and Morgan James and had a sense of peace about how they viewed the process. I could tell instantly that they love and care for their authors. Because they are a small press, everything feels much more like a family.
18- What's the biggest writing goal you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?
There are countless bestseller lists and book clubs I would love for my books to be featured in; the biggest goal is to write full time.
19- Would you please ask our audience a question to answer in the comments?
The book features a lot of music. What is the soundtrack to your life?
20- Anything else you would care to share about your book and yourself?
Olivia Swindler was raised in Spokane, Washington but resides currently in Grenoble, France, where she eats approximately a baguette a day. She serves as the Communication Coordinator for Young Life in Europe. Cynthia Starts a Band is her first book.
@oliviaswindler on Instagram and Twitter
Cynthia Starts a Band by Olivia Swindler