Wednesday, April 27, 2016

RELAXING WHEN TIME IS AT A PREMIUM By Cynthia Hickey

 What do you do when the doctor orders you to schedule relaxation into your busy schedule? You camp and kayak!

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”.



16 comments:

  1. Artist's dates are a key component for keeping your writing fresh and inspired. So glad you took the time!

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  2. Cynthia, your "relax" message couldn't be more timely! I just returned from late breakfast at a nearby park. I swear I heard Him say, "You need to do relaxing, fun things more often. Schedule them in." Now, I've read your word of encouragement. Wow. I think I got the message. My most relaxing holiday is when I spend time with friends in England.

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  3. would love to win. angelachesnut246@GMAIL.COM

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  4. Lay down and listen to inspirational music or just sit and read!

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  5. The ultimate relaxing for me is to get engrossed in a really good book. Enjoyed reading Cynthia's post. Would love to win a copy of her book. lacy1942(25)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Love the name and the cover.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  7. Going to the beach with my best friend is the best relaxation!

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  8. The most relaxing thing I've ever done was snorkeling over a reef in the Caribbean. Fish everywhere! This book sounds absolutely delightful. maryeellis at yahoo dot com

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  9. Enjoy walking in the nature park with the hubs. redeemed1ru(at)comcast(dot)com

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  10. Enjoyed the interview. The most relaxing thing I do is find a good book and a comfortable chair and lose myself in the pages of the book.
    betsylu2@msn.com

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  11. Love reading, it relaxes me. Preveyet@aol.com

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  12. I find relaxing and pulling away from the keyboard a good time to let the ideas and thoughts flow freely. I've come up with good additions to the storyline that way.
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  13. I enjoyed your interview. Relaxing, hasn't been in my schedule for a long time (my husband and I have 3 horsws, 10 dogs, 8 cats & we just finished raising 2 grandkids...and now he's been transferred to Texas), but after reading your article, I think I need to make time to relax. ;)

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  14. I enjoyed your interview. Relaxing, hasn't been in my schedule for a long time (my husband and I have 3 horsws, 10 dogs, 8 cats & we just finished raising 2 grandkids...and now he's been transferred to Texas), but after reading your article, I think I need to make time to relax. ;)

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  15. I love the idea of scheduling time to relax and rejuvenate ourselves. We run around so busy, headed from this task to the next task. We don't think about what it is doing to us. Great article and I would love to win this book.

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  16. My most relaxing vacation was a few years ago when my sister and her husband took my husband and I to Hawaii. Just lay on the beach and didn't have to cook or clean house for a whole week. Wonderful memories.

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