June 26th, 2009

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2009 Deb Interview: Cyn Balog and Friday Five

I have with me today another awesome 2009 Deb to interview. Cyn Balog is the author of Fairy Tale, which has just come out and which I was lucky enough to read as an ARC on my trip to Tahoe this past December. I seriously could not put it down! Check out the gorgeous cover:

Here's what it's about:

Morgan Sparks and Cam Browne are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they tell each other everything, and oh yeah- they're totally hot for each other. But a week before their joint Sweet Sixteen bash, everything changes. Cam's awkward cousin Pip comes to stay, and Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to be drifting away. When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the source of Cam's distance isn't another girl- it's another world.  Pip claims that Cam is a fairy.  No, seriously.  A fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.


Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies. But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he really is her destiny, and if their "perfect" love can weather an uncertain future.

Doesn't that sound awesome? It is

So on to my favorite questions!

Cyn, tell us one thing you love about your book’s story or your characters.

I really don't like much about my book; I cringe when I think about reading it. I guess one thing I like is that it has a fairly original premise, even among the glut of fairy stories out there.

Oh, please! She is waaaaay too modest. Okay, so where is your favorite place to write? What is your writing process like?


I would love to write from a condo overlooking the beach in Hawaii, but that ain't happening. So I just want to write at home, in peace. I rarely have time to go through a process; I just sit down, read the last few paragraphs I'd written, and start!

And tell us about one dream you’ve chased in your life (other than getting a novel published) and how it turned out.

I once sent a letter to Oprah hoping to appear on her show, but I'm still waiting for an answer. I'm sure I will hear any day now.

Heehee, you never know!

To find out more about Cyn, check out her website

To check out the book, go here


And finally, on to today's Friday Five:

In case I haven't mentioned it before, I'm a worrier. I have a very spiritual side, but then I also have the side that assumes the worst, worries incessantly and drives me crazy. So here (to remind myself and to offer any other worriers out there) are five ways to keep my mind from wandering into negative territory:


1. Focus on gratitude. It may sound cliche, but seriously we all have so much we take for granted.


2. Fill yourself with love. If it feels like there's none around, focus on something that brings it out in you, like a sleepy, purring kitty.


3. Dream. Instead of letting the negative possibilities take over your mind, fill them with ones you hope to find instead.


4. Go to the place inside you, deep in your belly where there is always peace. There is a place there where you will find an ocean of calm (that may be a quote from a book, can't remember where I saw it.) Ride the waves.


5. If all else fails, curl up with a blanket, a book, and some rich, decadent chocolate


Happy Dreaming!!