11 October 2010

Cindy Spencer Pape

Cindy Spencer Pape is Motor City savvy. A multi-pub'd author who won fantastic reviews for Motor City Fae, Cindy's here today to talk of her latest sexy paranormal, Motor City Witch. Oh, and answer my questions ;)

BTW have you seen the reviews for Motor City Witch? "All around a very enticing world..." Anna's Book Blog. Plus, the heroine of the story, Elise, has her very own tarot reading by Arwen and it's awesome.

Welcome, Cindy!


Can you describe Motor City (Detroit) for a clueless Australian?

Wow, that’s tricky. Detroit is a world-class city in some ways, but devastated in others. It’s an old city for North America, especially the Midwest, having celebrated its 300th anniversary a while back. It’s the narrow point on the Great Lakes, so everything shipped from the Midwest to the east coast, from beaver furs in the 1700s, to timber to iron, then furniture and cars went through Detroit. During Prohibition, there were literally pipelines running under the Detroit River to bring liquor from Canada. In the twentieth century, people moved here from all over the world to work in the various industries—cigar making was the big one before Henry Ford kicked off the automotive boom. Now? It’s an ethnically diverse, economically depressed region in transition, moving toward something—though nobody’s sure exactly what yet.

When I finally make it to America (yep, that's pigs flying past the window, but you never know, I might discover I like long haul economy flights *shudder*), what MUST I see in Detroit?

Me? No seriously, the Detroit Institute of Arts is a world-class museum, and there are some great theatres and parks, not to mention restaurants of every imaginable persuasion. Finally, the Henry Ford Museum has a great collection of history and technology.

Who was the first witch you encountered in your life? (The wicked witch from Oz? your third grade teacher? or someone amazing who opened your eyes to seeing the world differently?)

Probably various fairytales: Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty. But I think the concept of the good witch was probably from The Wizard of Oz. I like to think mine are a little more along those lines.

What do you hope readers enjoy/remember about "Motor City Witch?"

That love can happen no matter who you are—even if you’re not exactly human. And that if it’s real, it can overcome even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Also, I’d like to have readers think a little about the importance of family—the ones we build for ourselves as well as the ones we’re born with.

Name your favourite word in any language, and why.

Ooh, that’s an interesting question. My editor would probably tell you it’s “then,” but I’m not going to admit to that. Cherish, maybe? Adoration? Beloved? I think I see a theme here.

About the Book

Motor City Witch (Urban Arcana Book #2)

by Cindy Spencer Pape

from Carina Press

Buylink: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/9FA8421E-7235-456D-ABF3-174B4C1ACA81/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=6B85B3A2-3E88-4734-A98C-3EA23B6CD294


She’d left magic behind.

Once upon a time, Elise Sutton had been a powerful witch and paranormal enforcer. Once she’d been madly in love with Fae lord Aidan Greene. But when Aidan had considered his duties more important than their relationship, the love affair ended badly. Shortly after, while on the hunt for a rogue demon, Elise was brutalized and almost killed. Months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. To protect her child—and her heart—Elise decided to live a nonmagical life.

Until she meets Aidan again, and he assumes Dina is his daughter. When Dina is kidnapped by a racial purity movement, Elise turns to Aidan for help. The icy facade she has built around herself shatters at Aidan’s touch. Together they have to hunt through the human and faery worlds to find Dina...and to discover whether or not they have any kind of chance at a happily ever after.


Where to find Cindy on the web:

Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com/

Blog: http://cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CindySPape

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000270304390


  1. Great interview! Love the favorite word question. Can I borrow it for my next author interview???

    How many more books do you have planned for this series?

  2. I just picked this up. Thanks for the interview!

  3. Christine -- I gift you the favorite word question -- actually, I'm consumed with curiosity about the words that obsess other people and would love to have other people ask and answer the question.

    I get hung up on some words. Like how to spell, "solely". Then other words sneak in by themselves "that", for instance, which I absolutely refuse to believe I ordered my fingers to type. And finally, there are words I love, like "thistles" or "curmudgeon". Words, glorious words...!

    Bookdout -- thanks for stopping by! and happy reading :)

  4. Here's another clueless Aussie amazed at how old Detroit is! I've read that it's going through a very tough period, though. I hope things turn around soon.

    I like your favourite word choices, Cindy. Cherish is a lovely one.

    One of my abosolute favourites is pamplemousse, the French word for grapefruit. I just love it!

    Wishing you all the best with your Motor City series.

  5. *Squee* Oh THANK you! Incidentally, squee is one of my fave NON-words. So telling. You don't need to know what it means, it's right there in front of you if you say it out loud. Along with "meh" "ack!" and "bleh". Love those as well. I only regret I can't use them in my ms. I did manage to sneak a "gack" in a recent one, but we'll see if it gets by my editor ;op And she would say my favorite word is softly. Meh.

    I'm with you though, I LURVE words. Not even just the meanings, but the sounds of them, the way they look on paper. I have to say, not for writing purposes, but for reading purposes, "muggle" is top five for me. What an awesome thing to have taken what was basically a non-word and introduce it into our language. We use this word pretty regularly in our family, lol. Ex. of use:
    If we (me, my two younger boys and hubby) are geocaching (if you don't know what it is, look it up, it is AWESOME, and the closest thing to treasure hunting as you can get, but sans real treasure. Okay, maybe that wasn't a stellar marketing ad, but it's fun, trust me) and we happen upon hikers (if we're in the woods searching) or grave visiters(if we're in a cemetary, my FAVE) or non-geocachers, we'll say "Muggles afoot" So it's sort of an insult. But the irony is, we're such geeks, is it really an insult?
    "Thistles" is a great word! I'm going to have to mull over my *real* word favorites and come back and post those too! (I know you're going to be waiting with bated breath, so I'll try to make it quick).

  6. I love Michigan stories--it's kind of a sickness of mine. Anyway, even though it isn't IN Detroit, the polar bear exhibit at the Detroit Zoo is amazing if you're into that sort of thing, Jenny.

  7. Christine, there are four books planned, but who knows? Sometimes more characters show up as you go along.

    Thank you, everyone for the great comments. I'm just in from Romanticon, and exhausted, but this sure made me smile!

  8. Cathryn--it's weird thinking of Detroit as older than Australia. But I love "pamplemousse". So much nicer than grapefruit which never sounded right for a citrus.

    Christine--"meh" is such an effective word. Like a cat miaowing in disgust. I'm just going to slide my confession in, I've never read Harry Potter. I think I've sat through one movie (maybe) but the result is "muggles" struggles with me to have meaning. And ta da! for Google -- I looked up geocaching. Exercise and using a gadget -- sounds like my definition of lock the doors and reach for chocolate! But I am waiting with bated breath for your word. (It better not be "exercise"!)

    Seleste--Polar bears? I'd love to see them. They look incredible in photos.

    Cindy! You're back from Romanticon. Was it fun? Congrats on the release of Motor City Witch, with 2 more to come in the series! I enjoyed your interview immensely. Hopefully I'll make it to Detroit one day. I'll be the strangely accented person on the phone shouting, "meet you at the polar bears! Polar bears, where's Seleste?!"

  9. Okay, after more thought than is probably healthy or sane, I'm going to see your "thistle" and raise you "brackish".
    LURVEEEE brackish!


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