1. This is your first interview. I am a big fan of your works. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Hi! First of all, thank you so much for having me here. I’m a big fan of your writings too! Hmmm, something about myself… that’s always been a hard question to answer. I’m Cynthia, I write prose and poetry on my blog, and I just recently published my first book, Hearts and Empires. I’m a graduate of Psychology, and I can describe myself as both a dreamer and realist.
2. You are a woman of poetry. Your works have been loved and shared around the web. What does that mean to you? Have you always wanted to be a poetess growing up? If so what were your inspirations in becoming one?
No, I’d never wanted to become a poet or a writer. I’d never even imagined it. But I do love to write. I love documenting and writing my thoughts so that I could one day go back to it. And I mostly write for myself. It sounds selfish I know, but if you ask or request me to write something for you, given a certain topic, I would really have a hard time. That’s why I’m grateful to all those who shared my writings and to those who expressed that they could relate to it. I’m glad that my writings could touch others’ hearts and I could somehow help them indirectly.
3. You have just released your debut poetry and prose collection Hearts & Empires. Can you tell us about it? What inspired you to write this piece of literature?
Like I said, I’d never really aspired to be a writer, much more write a book! But I’ve gotten so many requests to write for one, so I did. 🙂 So, I’ve written Hearts and Empires for all those who requested for it. 🙂
4. What are your writing habits? Do you write every day? Where do you love to write the most?
There was a time I forced myself to write every single day, and it left me exhausted and drained. So I stopped doing that, and I just write now whenever the mood strikes me. Though that wasn’t really advisable! I might go back to writing every day again though. It’s a lot more productive.
I write anywhere, usually using my phone, or sometimes I memorized the passing words in my mind until I could write or type it down.
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Write the passing thoughts of your mind. There are pieces of gems on those thoughts. I forgot where I read or get this. I think it was from one of Lang Leav’s interview.
6. What’s your MBTI personality?
INFJ! We took this test before when I was a student in Psychology, and I took it again after graduating. It always yields the same result for me.
7. Favorite books and authors?
I love fantasy books. So most of the authors I adore wrote in fantasy genre too. My favorites are Maria V. Snyder of Study Series. I’ve read her first book, Poison Study, in about four times already! She’s that good. Then, Cassandra Clare of the Mortal Instruments series. Holly Black, though I haven’t yet read all of her books but she’s really good, especially her book the Darkest Part of the Forest. Of course, J.K Rowling. I like also Rainbow Rowell, for the YA genre. And I could go on and on, there’s just so many great authors out there. For the poetry genre, I’m partial to Nikita Gill over all the other famous poets out there today. There’s just a certain quality, power, and strength in her pieces.
8. In some of your pieces, you talk about alternate realities. Do you believe that they exist?
To quote John Lennon, “I believe in everything until it is disproved.” So yes, in a way I think alternate realities may be possible, as well as past lives. I mean, angels and demons are real even if we couldn’t see them, what more about the other possibilities out there that humans, because of our limited sense and capability, just couldn’t fathom?
9. What do you hope to do in the future? I’ve heard your planning to write novels. Tell us about that.
I hope one day to become a full-time writer! I’m enjoying it now. And yes, I’m currently working on a novel, and another side project. I might use a pen name though. I like the anonymity, the liberty to write anything I want, and the idea of having a fresh start. 🙂
10. Lastly, what would you like to tell your readers?
To my readers, thank you! Thank you for all the support. I wouldn’t even start to write a book if it wasn’t because of you. And thank you because somehow I realized this is my dream, to write and publish a book. And I wouldn’t realize it if it wasn’t because of you.
Also, I know most of my readers aren’t just readers but also aspiring writers like me. For all the writers among the readers, we could do it!
You can find more about at her website: http://cynthiatingo.com/ ❤
You can grab a copy of her debut poetry and prose collection Hearts & Empires here: https://tinyurl.com/y7uo8nay ❤