Crashing Souls by Cynthia A. Rodriguez
I am darkness; what you would consider a thief amongst the living.
I’ve spent time, so much of it that it seems a trifle word to call it, in that gloom being swallowed whole by human grief and human tears.
I am the Angel of Death.
And all was dark until I met a man, searching for a woman.
Given a second chance to find the love of his life, whose soul was placed inside someone else after a tragic accident, a young man finds himself taking over the life of a teenager named Dexter. But there are rules: She will not remember him and he will only have fragmented memories, not knowing anything about the life he has been placed in and barely anything about the life he once lived. He embarks on a journey to right Dex’s wrongs and find the woman whose soul belongs with his, no matter what it takes. Finding her is one thing, loving her and her self-destructive ways is another.
In August, I participated in an awesome giveaway event where I connected with some amazing authors. Cynthia A. Rodriguez was one of them. Not only is she an amazing author, she’s in the US Army- talk about bad ass! I had an opportunity to read an ARC of Cynthia’s newest release, Crashing Souls, and devoured it one night. The introduction was gripping and I had to find out what happened to Dexter and Noa. Crashing Souls releases October 27, 2015 and I recommend adding it to your TBR!
SO, shall we…
ME: The novel is so unique. A soul saved in order to go back and find his true love. Where did the inspiration for the book come from?Cynthia: I always wondered what would happen when I died. And, more importantly, what would happen to my husband and to our love? Something as important and powerful as that shouldn’t just…vanish. Cease to exist. So, as we humans often do, I comforted myself with the idea that we’d be reincarnated and find each other again. Heavy stuff, I know. I’m an over thinker. Anyway, I thought to myself, What would happen if someone came back and remembered? And then along came Dexter and his story and I just tried to write as honestly as I could.
ME: Now about you… Do you have a soul mate?
Cynthia: I think I’ve met many people who’ve had pieces of my soul. My husband happens to be the one with the largest piece. So, yes. I have a soul mate. And in every way, he matches me.
ME: Where did you meet your husband?
Cynthia: You know, I used to be embarrassed to tell people I met him on Facebook but I’m not anymore. We’ve been together five years now. Screw it haha. Granted, I knew his mother because she worked at my high school so I figured he wasn’t a psycho or a murderer.
ME: What is the scariest part about being a writer?
10. What is the greatest compliment someone has (or could have) ever given you?
ME: If you were stranded on a deserted island with one book (of your choosing) to read for end of days…what is it?
Sheesh. This will probably be different tomorrow but The Odyssey by Homer. It’d probably give me hope on getting the heck off the deserted island.
ME: Book you wanted to throw against a wall…and why?
ME: Who’s your guy? You know… the one you envision when you write the perfect book boyfriend?
Cynthia: It changes every time. The men I write are so different from one another and once I write them, from the beginning, they are in my brain. Currently, Jared Padalecki is running around in my head shirtless with grease stains on his jeans. He was the closest to my image of the character I’m writing.
15. If you could trade lives with one fictional character for a week, who would it be?