Cynthia H. Wise first conceived the idea for The Marcel Experience years ago. At that time, she wrote stories for her own enjoyment. Inspired at an early age by the paranormal, Cynthia enjoyed having the ability to become someone else, travel to distant places, and experience new things as she wrote.
During the long process of editing her first book, Portrait of Rage, an idea began to take root. Having begun another manuscript years before that she had entitled Eyes of Autumn, Cynthia realized how simple it would be to integrate the two worlds. She envisioned continuing the story and carrying characters from book to book as she continued to introduce new people, new conflicts, and new stories. She realized the list of paranormal subjects was endless. It would be simple to let the story flow from one inexplicable, exciting possibility to another. And voilà—The Marcel Experience was born.
Cynthia H. Wise lives with her husband in Marietta, Georgia, where her series, The Marcel Experience, is centered. When she is not writing novels about the supernatural and the fantastic, Cynthia can be found with her husband, Cliff, their two dogs, Jake and Sadie, and their cockatiel, Sam.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I just let the story flow. When I watch TV, I’m usually tuned in to The History Channel, Discovery, The Learning Channel, ID, Smithsonian, The Travel Channel. I people-watch, I read, and all the while I’m processing information. When an idea takes root, it begins to build. By the time I put it to paper, it has a life of its own and begins to flow, telling me where it wants to go.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Of course! They have egos too, ya know. Sometimes I have to reign them in because there are so many elements that have to be brought together to create a cohesive ending.
What is your favorite food?
Italian. I love pasta.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m a night-owl. I like to write when the house is quiet.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Great Britain. I’d love to tour England and Scotland and experience the castles, lochs, and stone circles. I’d love to meet the people and hear the stories they could tell.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Not at present. In the future, perhaps.
Do you listen to music while writing?
No. I tried once, but found it too distracting.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
In Eyes of Autumn, book two of The Marcel Experience, the owner and creator of Marcel Enterprises is revealed. Also, as the plot thickens, several more extraordinary characters are introduced as well.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
Writing is the easy part. Marketing is when the real work starts.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
I’ve always been a big reader so, of course, other authors have influenced me. It’s also extremely rewarding to use my imagination and experiences to write a story that others can connect with and enjoy reading. And the wonderful feedback I’ve received encourages me to keep writing.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Even though life has a tendency of getting in the way, and professional writing is an extremely competitive field, you cannot give up on your dream. Also, writers tend to fall in love with their written word because it’s their creation, their baby. But if you want to be published, you have to be ruthless as you edit, edit, edit, and then edit again.
What are three words that describe you?
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I have a broad taste in reading, but my favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. As far as my favorite authors, my list is long: Dean Koontz, John Saul, Iris Johansen, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts, just to name a few.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
As Katie climbed the wide marble steps to the shade of the front veranda, she tried not to think of the man she’d just met. But her mind reeled with fleeting glimpses of shadowy figures from her subconscious. Steely blue eyes floated across her mind’s eye, glinting malevolently.
She shrugged off her backpack and sat on a marble bench beside the massive mahogany door. As the two men passed the blue Taurus and disappeared through the camper’s narrow door, Katie’s eyes were drawn back to the car.
“Who’s that?” Angie asked.
“Some guy applying for a job.”
Angie peered in the direction of Katie’s stare, then turned back to study her. “You sound skeptical,” she said.
“Angie, does that car look familiar to you?”
Angie looked at the Taurus. “No. Why?”
“I think that’s the car that was following us yesterday.”
List of previous books if any
Portrait of Rage
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Eyes of Autumn
The Marcel Experience
Date of Publication: October 17, 2016
Number of pages: 432
Cover Artist: Aaron Davis
Recurring dreams have plagued Katie Hammond since childhood, forcing her to keep an open mind to the paranormal. But when Katie is compelled to follow a forest path during her trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she stumbles into a forgotten life – one she’s not sure she wants to remember – and an enthralling man who shouldn’t exist.
At the end of the path is Marcus Hillyerd, a man with a secret and golden eyes. He comes face-to-face with the only woman he’s ever loved. The only problem – she doesn’t remember him.
Then evil from Marcus’s past emerges and attempts to destroy everything he holds sacred. Needing reinforcement, Marcus calls upon Marcel Enterprises, his network of paranormal beings dedicated to helping victims of corruption. Together, they must risk their lives to keep Katie safe and protect the empire that took Marcus more than a century to build.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/2YXjQmQo8co
Marcus stood on the back of the veranda in the night shadows and listened. In the distance, he heard the faint squawk of radios, voices, and the purr of engines. He had time. Stepping into a sprint, he crossed the garden and was through its door in a matter of seconds. The forest beyond waited and his beast roared inside of him, wanting out. It was exhilarating running at top speed through the trees with night sounds and the scents of animals teasing him. At the edge of the forest, he stopped to observe and took a deep breath. The smell of rotting blood assaulted his nose.
The cabin was shrouded in moonlit darkness. Yellow crime scene ribbon was stretched from post-to-post at the top of the porch steps and across the door. With a swipe of his hand, Marcus pulled them down and gave an experimental twist of the knob. One sharp push splintered the wood at the lock and the door swung open.
The smell of lingering death was like a wall, coating Marcus’s nostrils and tongue, triggering his gag reflex. As he looked around the room, the first thing to draw his eye was a police outline of Angie’s body. His gaze moved on to the trail of blood leading to the loft ladder, and logic told him only one thing would have led Angie in that direction.
With a two-step running leap, Marcus touched a toe to the log wall and propelled himself up and over the railing, landing nimbly with barely a sound. Taking the suitcase with Katie’s scent. He cleared the railing with ease and was soon in the bedroom she’d been using. Within minutes, the closet and drawers were emptied. Leaving the scent of death behind, Marcus pulled the front door shut and broke into a run a she re-entered the forest.
1 signed copy of Eyes of Autumn