What three words would you use to describe your books?
Horrific, romantic, layered.
What element(s) would you say make(s) your books unique?
For this three set--Tantalize (2007), Eternal (2009), and Blessed (2011), all from Candlewick--it's probably the girl-empowerment themes and the combination of multicultural, religious, and economic diversity in fantasy settings. They're also upper-level YAs that include, say, quasi-epistolary elements, unreliable narrators, alternating point of view, etc., which gears them toward more YA sophisticated readers. Beyond that, I'm writing stories set in a universe. They don't all have the same characters, and they're not in linear order. They include novels, short stories, and (forthcoming) graphic novels, so I'm using a lot of formats.
What supernatural book or books have influenced you the most?
In terms of my Gothic writing, Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897); Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (1997); and though it was a TV series, Joss Whedon's "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer."
If you could have any supernatural power, what would it be and why?
The ability to freeze time for everyone else while I continue to work. Reason: deadlines!
What supernatural read are you itching to read?
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte, 2009).
Thanks so much for agreeing to answer my questions! I really do appreciate it!
And check out the trailer for Eternal, Cynthia latest book!