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1. You work for the Iowa Department of Human Services, pardon my ignorance what does that entail?
The Department of Human Services is the state agency responsible for administering goverment aid programs such as medicaid, food assistance and aid to families. I worked first as a case worker, then as a policy specialist and finally as a trainer for new workers who were assigned cases. It was a humbling, rewarding and often frustrating job as we dealt with families in need and in crisis situations.
2. What was it about the idea of a bodyguard series that really held your attention and kept you writing about them?
The Bodyguard series came about shortly after 9/11 and the ensuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. I was in awe and in debt to our military and found myself wondering what these highly trained and specialized warriors did when they separated from the service. I found that many of them ended up back in action either as private contractors, in law enforcement positions or working for or establishing their own security firms. All of these brave men and women sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice) so much and the complexities of 'life' after combat was as intriguing then as it is now. No one comes home from war unchanged, even if they escape physical injury. It's these men and women who still intrigue and inspire me and who I write about in the follow up to the Bodyguard series, Black Ops, Inc. and my new series One-Eyed Jacks.
3. How do you think your writing has changed over the years?
My roots are in category romance. I wrote for the Loveswept line and for Silhouette Desire before stepping out on the slippery slope of Single Title Romantic suspense. I learned to delve deeply into my charactor's emotions writing category and brought that skill set with me to single title. My books are bigger now, richer, and the plots are more layered and complex but my category background has enabled me to always remember that at the heart of every story - no matter how big it is - are the hearts of the hero and heroine. Even the best story will bomb if you don't give your readers an emotionally satisfying hero and heroine to root for.
4. You have written many books, been on the best seller lists and won awards, do you still get nervous when a new book comes out? Do you read the reviews of your books?
Simple answer: Yes and Yes! I'm always nervous when a new title is released. I'm particularly nervous about my October release, THE WAY HOME, which is my first hardcover and deals with very complex emotional issues as well as a suspenseful storyline. As for reviews, I read them all. Good, bad and ugly. :o) They bouy me up and keep me humble :o)
5. When you sit down to read a book, what genres do you like to read? What are some of your favorite books and authors?
Unfortunately I don't have much time to read for pleasure these days. When I do, I generally read thrillers - Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Robert Gregory Browne, but I also love a good romance. Debra Webb, Kylie Brant, Kristan Higgins, Laura Griffin ... those are just a very few on my favorites list.
6. What is your favorite comfort food?
No assignment is too big, too difficult, or too dangerous for E.D.E.N. Inc., a West Palm Beach security firm. But in these novels of romance and suspense, when it comes to their own personal relationships, the forces of E.D.E.N., Inc. soon find themselves in deep water and sinking fast. These bodyguards will not only guard your body: they’ll steal your heart and fulfill your deepest desires.
Black Ops Inc.
This series follows The Bodyguard series by Cindy Gerard
One Eyed Jacks Series
Outlaw Hearts Series
Northern Lights Series