Not an easy thing to do when you release a book a month and run a small press. At first, I told myself that if the doctor were in my shoes, she never would have suggested such a thing. Didn't she know about research, editing, formatting, marketing, and that's just for myself, not my clients.
But then, I sat back and thought about it. Why not schedule time off now and again? As a mystery and suspense writer, camping and kayaking provides the perfect background for a murder scene. Not to mention the time to curl up with a best-selling suspense novel to keep up with what is on the market.
Am I glad I did? Definitely! Did I come back refreshed and rejuvenated? Absolutely! Will I do it again? As often as I can :)
As an author, I need to expose myself to the world and experience new opportunities. If I don't, my stories will end up sounding all the same, and that's boring.
If an author is to write about what they know, then getting "out there" increases our expertise and knowledge. So, my advice is...GET OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME FUN!
What's the most relaxing thing you've ever done to rejuvenate?
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Multi-published and Amazon Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold over half a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has seven grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.