Cindi Page

Today I have the wonderful opportunity to interview a fabulous writer who has the ability to entertain with realistic characters, while she weaves a storyline that often comes with unexpected twists that keep the reader engaged.

She’s another writer who lives far from my little corner of the world, but I know for a fact that one day we’ll meet up and discuss these things in much more detail in some cute little English cafe so I can buy her a proper cuppa.

Cindi Page tells stories about second-chance love because she fell in love with the same boy twice. Born in South Africa, she now lives in England with her second-chance husband, their two sons and her loyal lapdog and writing companion, Charlie.

If you are new to my ‘Interviews with Indies,’ I like to get the super important things out of the way first.

(Nicole) Coffee or Tea: 

(Cindi) That really depends on the time of day. Coffee early in the morning and tea at 11. After that? It depends what kind of cake we’re having 🙂 Victoria Sponge calls for Earl Grey tea and Coffee and Walnut cake obviously requires a good coffee.

Laptop or desktop:
Mostly desktop.

Cottage in the English countryside or trendy apartment in Madrid: You ask very difficult questions!! While I love the idea of being quintessentially English, I think my soul comes alive in Spain.

Dragon or Unicorn:
Dragon, mostly because I read The Fourth Wing and LOVED it.

Fairy or Faerie:
Faerie. I love all things celtic.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, it’s time to officially welcome Cindi. Thanks so much for doing this interview. I’m excited for people to get to know you and your writing.

The one thing we have in common is our heightened insistence that there is a correct way to make a proper cup of tea (for you) and cappuccino (for me). Let’s get to it. What’s the proper way to make tea? (Because I honestly don’t really know.)

Okay, listen up. First you need a decent teapot. And the water has to be boiled to boiling point. Then you warm the teapot by rinsing it with a little boiled water. Now that the pot is prepared you add 1x tea bag per person. Top up with boiled water, approx. 1 cup per person. Allow to sit for 4 minutes or 5 minutes for a stronger brew.

Now prepare the cups. Rinse each up with hot water first. Then add the milk and sugar, and finally the tea.

Don’t forget a biscuit!

I know South Africa is where you were born and you did use it as one of the settings in your book, A Piece of My Heart. What do you miss about living in South Africa, and what did you enjoy writing about the most?

After family and friends, I miss long, unhurried weekend lunches at the wine farms. Usually we’d be sitting outdoors under massive oak trees while the kids ran around on the lawns. There’d be fantastic wine, incredible food and deep sense of togetherness. I think that’s why the FMC in A Piece of My Heart goes on in the second book, Full Circle, to study and make wine. But probably my favourite scene in A Piece of My Heart is when she meets Alkan’s ex-girlfriend in the hospital.

Do you have a scene that you just loved writing? What did you love about it?

In Save Me I wanted to experiment in writing a spicy scene that was deeply intimate and emotionally charged. The intimate scenes from Leo’s perspective are all written in the style of free form poetry.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters, which one would you choose? And what would you do? 
Leo from Save Me, and I’d go and watch Flamenco dancing in Madrid.

Do you have any ‘kryptonite’ as a writer? Like you can’t write unless you have a coin in your right pocket or you slip into writer’s block if you hear the song “Sussudio” by Phil Collins? 
No hard deadline will have me faffing for weeks!!

Are you a Planner (lists, outlines, bullet point maker) or a Panster (just go for it, fly by the seat of your pants) kind of writer?
All my stories begin with an insta love meet cute but by chapter three, I’m winding them back in and planning out every beat.

What are you currently working on?
My new project is called Maddy’s Way and it’s a love letter to midlife and my experience walking the Camino in Spain.

Well, I hope y’all have enjoyed chatting with Miss Page! I now need to go prepare myself a propper cup of tea and look at photos of dreamy weekend lunches under oak trees in South Africa as I anxiously await more writing from this author.

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