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Author spotlight: Cynthia Terelst

21 September 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Cynthia Terelst.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

For me it wasn’t an author but a publisher. When I was younger I read Sweet Dreams romances. They were geared towards teenagers. I would stay up to all hours just to finish a story.

What do you write?

I write contemporary romance (mid-level steam) set it Australia. They are all first-person dual POV. They touch on some social issues and are not all light and fluffy. But they will leave you feeling warm and hopeful.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

First of all I come up with a title. My titles are all based around animal sayings. Then I think about tropes and a plot to fit with that title. For example, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie fits perfectly with a second-chance romance where Tara and Shepherd had to acknowledge the past but move on from it to have a chance of rekindling their love.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

For Down the Rabbit Hole I would choose Chris Hemsworth to be Luke. He has that great Australian charm and I’m sure he could pull off being a farmer. He could be a little too old for the age of the character, but I’m sure he could pull it off. Just me for. LOL. And for Emily I would choose someone like Isla Fisher. She is a great actress and would immerse herself in the character.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

Down the Rabbit Hole is a romance between two lifelong friends, Emily and Luke. Emily returns to look after her estranged father and Luke tries hard to respect the boundaries of their friendship, but every moment they spend together makes it harder to deny their connection.

It is a small-town romance with a difference. It is set in a fictional farming town in Queensland. Usually small towns have their quirks and news travels fast. Overall, they are lovely little places that give off warmth. But in Alma, the people within it are not very nice. In fact, we could almost call them hateful and this is directed towards our main female character, Emily.

Another cause of conflict is when Luke finds himself in a problematic situation when he agrees to do something he shouldn’t and he finds himself falling deeper into that hole as the novel proceeds.

When Emily finds out it could ruin everything …

What else are you working on in 2021?

My next novel is A Bird in the Hand. It is an opposites-attract romance and I’m in the process of writing the first draft. It includes a road trip up the west coast of Australia, visiting many of the places my daughter and I went to when we travelled.

All of my novels have animal characters in them and this one stars a foul-mouthed cockatoo. I can’t repeat his name on a public forum, but let’s just say it’s not something you’d say in front of your grandmother.

Cynthia’s latest releases:

You can find more information on Cynthia on her website.

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