Interview with Cindy Ray Hale

Posted September 11, 2014 by love2dazzle in Features, Giveaways, Interviews / 0 Comments

Interview with Cindy Ray HaleDestiny by Cindy Ray Hale
Series: Destiny #1
Published by Cindy Ray Hale on 2013-10
Pages: 318
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Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Miserables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage. As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend. But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world? Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Miserables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

Ali: What inspiration did the characters of Les Misérables give you to write the Destiny trilogy? 

Cindy: I was first inspired by Eponine and her story of courage and love even though she knew it would be unrequited. She helped Marius find Cosette even though it hurt her. I’ve spent some time pondering that. The only thing I could come up with was that Eponine loved Marius so much that she wanted to do even something that would her her to see him happy. That kind of pure love is extremely inspiring to me and I brought it back hints of it in Sychrony, not through Destiny, but through Isaac.

Ali:What was the deciding factor to self-publish your novels and novella? 

Cindy: I read a lot of articles about self publishing and I was very impressed with the potential for growth and the freedom the authors have to choose their own covers and editors. Sometimes I pick up books published by small presses and their covers look cheaply made and they’re still full of errors and poorly structured sentences. I like the control that I have over the way my books are put together, not to mention the royalties I receive and the ability to set my own price on my books.
Ali:  Do you already have a project in mind after the Destiny trilogy? 
Cindy: Yes. Despite everything I just said about self-publishing, I still see great value in traditional publishing. I would like to put together some manuscripts to send out to agents to land a deal with a traditional publishing company, specifically Harlequin Heartwarming because it’s clean romance and I’m a big advocate of promoting clean books.
Ali: What is your favorite part about writing young adult novels? 
Cindy: Getting into the mindset of a teen and feeling like I’m that age again. Teens feel everything so much stronger than adults do because their bodies are still growing and adjusting to their raging hormones. Whenever I get into my “writing mode” I feel like I’m actually fifteen again, and that feeling is very liberating.

Ali: If you could write a story with anyone (dead or alive), who would you chose?

Cindy: Probably Rachel Harris. I feel like our writing style is similar enough that we could blend our writing well enough to seem seamless. Also, she’s super on track and motivated, and she knows what she’s doing. Rachel has this energy that’s contagious and I would want some of that to rub off on me.
Thank you so much Cindy for taking the time to come visit Dazzled by Books for our Blogiversary Celebration!

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About Cindy Ray Hale

Cindy Ray Hale is a Young Adult author and a book blogger. She lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She’s a bit of a health food nut and can’t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for “New Era” magazine and The American Preppers Network.
For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy’s upcoming books visit or follow @CindyRayHale on Twitter.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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