"Cindy M. Hogan is a bestselling author of young adult suspense and action and adventure novels that always have a dash of clean romance. After her first series, The Watched Series, skyrocketed her to number one, she hasn’t let up and now has over 20 novels to her name.
She’s always on the move and never sits down to write, instead she walks and talks into a recorder and lets her computer transcribe her words. If she isn’t writing or editing, she’s teaching, gardening or doing crafts. You’ll always find her listening to an audiobook while working in her park-like yard, cooking or baking something delicious. She dreams to someday have a German style bakery with a cute to-go window for Gelato.
Cindy loves to create and her most prized creation is her two amazing daughters, and she secretly wishes they were teenagers again. She loves to be home, but her husband is a die-hard traveler and takes her family around the world. During her travels, she finds an endless supply of story ideas, characters and settings, walking away with either a suntan or jetlag.
Her contagious laughter is the cure to almost anything. To read a novel of hers is to see a piece of Cindy, as she puts her all into every novel she writes.
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The Mafia has a stranglehold on everything Kate loves, and Kate is determined to end it. First they claimed her father, then destroyed her mother. The guy Kate cares for most is as much a prisoner as the family who raised her. And now, after all she’s lost, the Mafia wants to recruit her. But Kate has had enough. As long as the Mafia exists, she and her loved ones will live and die in fear, cowering under a dark, all-encompassing power. That leaves Kate with little choice. With the help of her Mafia-boss grandmother and a desperate wish for freedom, Kate must risk everyone she loves—and everything she is—to become the weapon that will take the Mafia down once and for all. If you like thought provoking, action-filled novels, you will love the latest action/adventure hit Kate Empowered by Cindy M. Hogan. Buy Kate Empowered to continue the addicting Code of Silence Series and enter the chilling and gripping world of the Mafia
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Q&A With the Author:
1. When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
Oh, my heck! I was minding my own business teaching when I had the most AWESOME dream! It was so vivid and clear and there was something about it that shifted my world. I knew the dream was important, but I didn't know exactly why. At first, I thought it was supposed to be a movie, but when no one could direct me to a movie producer, I decided just to write the dream down so that when I ran into a movie producer, I could give the idea to him. I started writing and bam! I couldn't stop. That was it, I was an author.
2. Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
Three actually. I just handed in the next Christy spy novel to my editor. I'm so excited about it. I'm still looking for a title...any ideas. It comes out in November. While that's with my editor, I'm working on Kate Empowered (Code of Silence Series #4) the exciting, fourth and final book staring Kate Hamilton and the mafia. I hope to have that out in January. Send me all the good vibes to make it happen. And finally, I'm working on my urban fantasy series. I'm so in love with this idea you guys. I've written 2 prequels and the first book (which I'm editing as soon as I get Kate Unleashed finished) So many ideas and so little time. I need to split myself into four.
3. What is your favorite writing snack?
pellet ice. But let's face it, there's nothing like a good piece of chocolate or bacon- lots of bacon
4. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
Jeremy- he's hot and we would eat steak and potatoes, Belgian waffles with chocolate sticks cutting through them for dessert, or maybe a crepe from France-nutella and banana or strawberries and cream.
5. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned all the things. Hahaha. No, seriously, each book teaches me something else about myself. My first book, however, taught me that I could be tough- that I could face criticism with what it was meant to be-encouragement and thoughtful help. That those who gave the criticism were giving it to help me become the best author I could be.
6. How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I don't think I relax like normal people. I love to work. Hahahaha. My idea of fun is doing stuff like gardening, hiking, woodworking, cooking, baking--lots of baking.
7. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Hmmm. Like, I'd love to own a German bakery, but I'm not doing anything to work toward it. So, I'd say becoming a New York Times bestseller. I just made USA Today Bestseller List, so I'm one step closer. I'm writing like crazy and my agent is going to help me get there.
8. What do you fear most?
Not being good enough- Seriously, that would suck.
9. What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Oh, my goodness- there is so much to know. Go learn it all at writers' conferences. They will rock your world and you will make some of the best friends of your life.
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