Writing What You Know — Cindy Ervin Huff ( + Giveaway )

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Cindy Ervin Huff as she shares insights to her writing. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.

I found it interesting and slightly easier to set my story in a location I knew well. New Duet, a contemporary romance is set in Aurora, Illinois. I’ve lived here for over 40 years. I know the streets, the feel of the community and its history. This allowed me to focus on the characters and let them travel through the setting that revealed more of themselves to the reader.

Aurora has a population of 200,000 but has a small- town feel. When one of the editors for New Duet called it a small- town setting I knew I’d captured the heart of the city.

I love researching my novels, there are so many things that need to be right. But not needing to learn about a town or create my own was a different experience. And it can make your novel seem more believable if you know the area.

Others who write what they know

I love reading Normandie Fischer’s books for the same reason. She and her husband traveled the world on a boat before she published her first book. Her novels feature sail boats either as a central focus or a minor mention. I learned so much about sailing as I fell in love with her characters. I’ve never sailed but I have a desire after reading her books.

What is your passion? NASCAR? Dogs? Raising Sheep? I’ve read contemporary romances with NASCAR enthusiasts. Dog trainers and sheep ranchers make interesting heroes. The settings are so believable because the author loves the subject matter. And the author’s bio reveals their background and the reason behind my total feeling of emersion into the setting.

A you-are-there-feeling is a must to grab a reader and hold them until the end. What is your passion or your favorite setting that you’ve always wanted to write about? I’d love to know. Everyone who comments is entered in a drawing for my novel New Duet. The winner can choose between an autographed paperback or a kindle e-book.


 About the book:

Isabella Melinda Wilson has been squeezed into the music ministry model of her controlling husband’s making. Before she can leave him, he leaves her a guilt-ridden widow. Her mother-in-law is no comfort and presses the guilt button at every turn. Isabella flees to her sister’s home in search of her own identity and a new beginning.

Dan Sweeney has one goal. Be as normal as possible. After losing a leg, some fingers, and his self-worth, he needs his service dog Brutus to help keep his PTSD at bay. Careerless and clueless about the future, he struggles to put his life back together.

Isabella isn’t looking for a new relationship, and Dan feels unworthy of one. Can these two broken people heal into one whole love?

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Also available in audio


About Cindy

Cindy Ervin Huff is a multi-published freelance writer who loves to bring her imaginary characters to life. She a mentor for Word Weavers International and founding member of the Aurora Illinois chapter. Her award-winning Historical Romance, Secrets and Charades debut in 2017 and her contemporary romance New Duet in 2018. Her passion is to encourage other writers in their journey and believers as they grow in faith. Check out her blog Jubileewriter at www.jubileewriter.wordpress.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/author.huff11/
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/cindyervinhuff
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117599590227912410637
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8029703-cindy-ervin-huff
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CindyErvinHuff



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