It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview! Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
It is hard to say…I believe she was fair, though I wince at the first part, even though it was told in my own words, as I spoke them to Cindy, it is hard not to wince at the way I was when I was younger. Vain, silly…it took me a long time to…what is that phrase they use now? Get over myself? I did a lot of harm to a young couple who were meant to be together, and I spent a long time trying to make that right.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I believe she was fair…to be honest she just sat there, clicking away, not even looking up for more than a moment or two, while I told her all. So if I don’t look as good as I would like, well, I suppose the fault is my own.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Over the years I have become very, very adept at clothing and shoe design.
I am not good at forgiveness. It took me so long to earn my own redemption, you would think that I would be better at it.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
I have not paid much attention to such things…it would be hard to portray me, I’ve been everything from an faery maiden to a gold fish. I modified my looks to suit the people around me, I’ve been Egyptian, Irish, Korean…so I suppose someone who is good at changing herself?
Do you have a love interest in the book?
I do! Gregory. He is a farmer…my father would have been so surprised, his vain, silly girl marrying a farmer, but there you go.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I was so preoccupied with helping Eleanore…I think your audience would call her Cinderella? That I did not notice what was happening. But it is hard to accept happiness when you have spent so many years thinking that you do not deserve it, so it took a while.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
My sister. She became what I could have been, and I am grateful to have avoided her path of bitterness.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
All things ended the way they should have, and I was happier than I deserved.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
I would tell her that my tale is done, and that I have nothing more to say to her. But she knows that.
Thank you for this interview! Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I do not think so. I am content to live out the rest of my life in peace and quiet. But thank you so much for asking me to come speak with you.
Cindy Lynn Speer is the author of several novels, including The Chocolatier’s Wifeand the short story collection Wishes and Sorrows. She loves mixing fantasy, mystery and romance and playing with the old stories. When not writing she can be found reading, teaching people historical fencing, and costuming.
About Wishes and Sorrows:
“Richly ambitious” — Publishers Weekly
For every wish there is a sorrow…
Wishes are born from sorrows, blessings are sometimes curses, and even fairy godmothers cannot always get what they want. In this original collection, Cindy Lynn Speer, the author of “The Chocolatier’s Wife”, brings to life creatures of myths and tales, mixing them into a vibrant tapestry of stories, happy and sad, magical and real, each lovingly crafted and sure to touch the reader’s soul.
Step into the world where magic is real, and every mundane bit of reality is as magical as a true fairy tale.