Beaches, Buried Treasure, and pirates? Sure, why not? Cindy Cavett covers it all in Rehoboth Beach Break, her short story in Running Wild Press’s Anthology of Stories, Volume 2. Here’s the first paragraph:
I adore the seaside town of Rehoboth. In between interviews, video production, and research during the week, I picture myself tanning on the sand reading the latest novel from one of the local authors. So when I was caught in a daydream working the news desk at WBOC Friday night, the last thing I expected was to be sent to the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk on a story lead.
What inspired you to write Rehoboth Beach Break?
My interests run the gamut from cyber security and technology to the Delaware/Maryland beaches and tourism. I wanted to fuse two of my passions into a comedic tale set in Rehoboth Beach that would both delight and educate readers. I throw a bit of local history into the mix when I incorporate a true-to-life pirate by the name of Captain Kidd into the story. Pirates, as a subject, are a personal interest of mine, especially in relation to local history.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
If they burst out laughing a time or two, look up a new phrase or expression (whether it be related to technology or trends such as the “mannequin pose,”) I will feel as if I have helped educate or entertain them in some way. Most importantly, I want them to have fun while reading it.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing for children and young adults in 2004. My writing evolved over time where fiction and non-fiction for adults took over. I enjoy including comedy, romance, and fun into my stories for adults which I believe helped back when I used to write for children as well.
Do you write full-time? If not, what do you do for a living?
I write part-time, oftentimes while eating breakfast, sitting on a long car-drive, or catching ten minutes here and there. It all adds up. I work at the Department of Education during the day and am the assistant to the Director of the Office of Higher Education. I am also a student at Wilmington University in the Media Communications program.
Do you only write short fiction? If not, how does writing a short story differ from writing a novel? (Other than the obvious length/time.)
I wrote both short and traditional length fiction. I have found that writing short fiction is very similar to writing longer fiction. The way I look at it is, that short fiction still needs to have a well-rounded, full storyline including the beginning (hook), middle (climax), and the end (resolution). You still need to include the theme, setting, characters, narrative and dialogue. The main difference is in the ability to develop the story on a shorter scale.
What does your typical “writing day” look like?
When I have a dedicated full day to writing, it usually consists of sitting on my chaise lounge by myself in my bedroom. I switch between that and standing at a desk, or sitting on another chair (I personally need to keep moving). I start with warming up. I check my list of what I need to write for the day, and review what I have already written (and hope to God I have already completed the research). I then look over the outline of the piece and start filling in the sections that are still needed.
What are you currently reading?
I have a reading list about ten miles long. I am currently reading the Annie Crow Knoll series by Gail Priest, The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews, and the War on Words by Bob Yearick, in addition to many others.
Other than this spectacular anthology, do you have any recent or upcoming releases you’d like to tell us about?
Yes! I have an anthology that I co-edited with Nancy Sakaduski of Cat & Mouse Press being launched on May 12, 2018 at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Beach Love is an anthology of short stories that are all centered on the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Keep writing. It sounds simple but it’s the truth. As you continue to write, you will grow as an author. Join a critique group and pay attention to the edits that others provide to you. Sign up for the weekly online newspaper for writers that is curated by Cat & Mouse Press called: Writing is a Shore Thing at https://writingisashorething.com/#/. Finally, check out the DIY MFA website at: https://diymfa.com/. They publish daily articles that are full of useful information for aspiring authors.
You’re a busy lady! Where can readers learn more about you and your work?
Please feel free to find me on my Amazon Author Central page at: https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Cavett/e/B079H6MSX5/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1524172421&sr=8-2.
Readers can also find me on my home blog at: https://seasidecindy.com/ or on social media under @seasidecindy. I am active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Thank you for joining us, Cindy. Readers, go check out the anthology by clicking the link below.