We’re thrilled to have here today Cynthia Carter from Sylvia Dickey Smith’s new contemporary novel, Original Cyn. Cynthia is a young middle-aged stay-at-home preacher’s wife living in Mobile Alabama.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Cynthia. 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?
Thank you for having me, and just call me Cyn. I much prefer that. Yes, there is one thing I would like to set straight. I’ve heard some say I forgave too easily. I alone know how that demon called revenge ate away at my insides. I battled it to the death. You’ve heard the saying: “The truth shall set you free.” I learned when we give ourselves permission to take an honest, open look at truth, that deep down gut-wrenching truth, it soothes that savage beast eating away at our insides. It also helped when I realized all the answers given me by others didn’t come close to the questions I faced.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
Funny you use the word, colorizing—an important element in the book. I am learning the importance of color and its impact on our emotions—hence our behavior.
I hate to admit it, but the author did a pretty good job describing how I felt—actually, she was rather kind to me. Had I not controlled my initial reactions, things would have turned out much differently, and not for the good.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
After this experience? Hands down—authenticity.
Being too gullible. Thinking other people know more than I.
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?
Robin Wright—without a doubt in my mind.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Well, I’m married to the preacher, so I should say him, I suppose, but all is not well behind the walls of the parsonage. At times I fantasize about a certain movie star, but who doesn’t? Also, there is one man in the story who spun my heart around.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
I grew quite nervous when parishioners started talking about ‘tar & feathers’ and running my husband out of town on the proverbial rail. By then, the fires of hell sounded like a better option.
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?
I truly would not want to be two-faced, back-stabbing Ginger—at that time, a person I considered my best friend.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I love the sense of hope that peeks around the corner.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
I hope she would see personal growth on my part and my progress in learning who I am, what I stand for, what I don’t stand for, and what I absolutely will not stand for.
Thank you for this interview, Cyn Carter!
Title: ORIGINAL CYN
Genre: women’s fiction
Author: Sylvia Dickey Smith
Publisher: White Bird Publications
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About Original Cyn: Protagonist Cynthia Carter’s life appears perfect—but for the fact that she and her husband, The Reverend Wilburn Carter, are controlled by fear. Cynthia is afraid she’ll displease Wilburn and if not him, his parishioners. But her biggest fear is the emptiness swelling inside her.
In the pulpit, Wilburn is the hero: God’s right hand, the messenger, the revered Reverend. At home, however, is a different story: he’s cold, controlling, selfish and self-consumed. Every Sunday, Wilburn stands at the podium and worries which parishioner might stab him in the back. But his deepest, darkest fear is that people will discover he’s a phony.
As Cynthia drowns in her lack of identity beyond what’s assigned by her preacher-husband, she wonders if she should stay in the relationship. Could there be more to life than just being the Pastor’s wife? Before she can decide, events force her to flee. If she goes far enough fast enough, those back home will have to deal with the chaos they created—deal with it or go to hell in their sanctimonious handbaskets. Until a phone conversation leaves her with even more difficult choices…
A powerful, thoughtful, and thought-provoking story, Original Cyn is extraordinary. Novelist Sylvia Dickey Smith takes readers on an unforgettable journey that spans anguish, heartbreak, hatred, love, fear, humor, peace and joy. Resplendent with compelling characters and an exceedingly-relatable storyline, Original Cyn is wholly—or perhaps holy—an original tale about moving beyond the black-and-white and living life in full, vibrant color. Sylvia Dickey Smith’s latest novel is a richly-drawn, rewarding read destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.
About the Author
A fifth generation Texan, Sylvia Dickey Smith was born in Orange, Texas and grew up in a colorful Scots-Irish family living in the midst of a Cajun culture. At 34, Sylvia’s curiosity about the world took on a whole new dimension when she moved to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. Awed by the differences in customs and cultures, particularly as they related to West Indian women, Sylvia began a journey of study and self-discovery. Back in the U.S. at 40, she started college and didn’t stop until achieving a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in women’s studies and a master’s in counseling. For the next twenty years, Sylvia worked in the field of human services and taught as an adjunct professor at the graduate level. Sylvia Dickey Smith lives in Texas.
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