Author Interview – Cynthia L. Simmons – Reflecting Gold – historical fiction

Reflecting Gold

About the Book

Book:  Reflecting Gold

Author: Cynthia L. Simmons

Genre: Mystery

Release date: June 2021

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Peter and Mary Beth Chandler kept their Confederate bank on the gold standard. However, a Confederate officer asked for a loan. He insisted he should be able to repay in Confederate bank notes not backed by gold. If they refuse, he will label them traitors. Should the Chandlers change their loan requirements and risk losing the bank? The entire town questioned their loyalty, especially when the officer turned up dead. Will the Chandlers be court martialed or lose the bank? While facing an impossible situation, they seek God’s guidance and learn to reflect his love.

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About the Author – Cynthia L. Simmons

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Cynthia L Simmons is the mother of five grown children, imperfect and down-to-earth, she uses her experience to model grace for all and speaks from the heart of a spiritual mom. Fond of times past, she writes both fiction and nonfiction while combining history and scripture to minister to moms of all ages. However, she has a special place in her heart for young moms and homeschool moms. While she loves writing—books, articles, devotions, and notes—Cynthia also enjoys traveling around the nation speaking to homeschool events, bookstores, libraries, and churches. Plus, conducts writing workshops, and leads retreats. She’s a huge fan of sugar, tea, orchids, purple, re-enactments, friends, and ballroom dancing with her husband. https://clsimmons.com

More from Cynthia

The same year my first book came out, my husband came down with encephalitis. In simple terms, his brain was infected. He’d been sick for several days with a mild headache and temperature, and our doctor thought he had the flu. One morning I watched him slide into the floor as a grand mal seizure ravaged his body. I remember thinking this couldn’t be happening. I’m a nurse, and I was reviewing his medical history in my mind. Seizures didn’t fit with anything on either side of his family, and I wanted to deny what I saw. Needless to say, our life changed dramatically for several years as we walked through dark times. My husband spent 11 days in intermediate intensive care and came home on IV medications. For several weeks he had partial seizures the doctors couldn’t control. However, I learned so much during that time, and I’ve shared lessons from that time. In Reflecting Gold, I demonstrate how we can reflect the beauty of God even in the middle of heartbreak.

An Interview with Cynthia

When did you first know you wanted to be an author? I have always loved words. When I was ten or eleven, I started writing a book. However, my brother teased me, and I stopped, embarrassed. Years later, I homeschooled my five children and taught them to read and write. As I launched into grammar, I announced, “I’m giving you a box of tools to use for writing.” Once they began leaving home, I started using those same tools I’d been teaching.  I wrote my first book in 2008. 

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun? I have more hobbies than I have kids, and that’s dangerous. LOL. I grow orchids, which is why my logo is an orchid with a pen. I also make jewelry with my disabled son, arrange flowers, sew, and do ballroom dancing with my husband. Also, I’m a member of Daughters of the Revolution and promote the Constitution to schools and libraries.

What historical figure do you admire and why? I’m fond of Suzannah Spurgeon. I have researched her life, visited Spurgeon’s church in London, and read her books. She was a quiet, sophisticated lady who struggled with illness. Despite her hardships, she supported her husband during his ministry and looked after him when his health was poor. She also raised two boys who became pastors. Someday, I hope to publish a book about her.

What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about it? I’m researching to write a mystery about a midwife from the 1870s. During that period, doctors began to deliver more babies because they offered new ideas and techniques. In essence they took jobs from the women who typically cared for mothers in labor.

What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer? Write. Write. Write. If you want to write for publication, that will be different from creative writing you learn in school. Be prepared to accept criticism. You can learn from it but realize not everyone will like your work. Plan to attend writing conferences and learn what editors want.

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 17

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The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 21 (Author Interview)

Vicarious Living, September 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11818/reflecting-gold-celebration-tour-giveaway

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