Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband – who happens to be her high-school sweetheart – raised two sons and two daughters. She’s now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The future. We know what happened in the past, but the future is an unwritten book. I’d love to know what the world is going to be like long after I’m gone, to see if the sci-fi guys had it right.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Instant transportation. I would have so much more time if I could beam myself to the grocery store, then home again. Or if I wanted to go to Hawaii for the day, not a problem. I’d be home by supper. How great would that be?
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cold cereal. I’ve never been a big-breakfast kind of girl. Cocoa Puffs, Rice Chex, Honeycomb, Frosted Mini Wheat . . . there aren’t too many cereals I don’t like.
One food you would never eat?
Any kind of bug. It makes me shudder to think of it. I don’t care where in the world I was, or how much of a delicacy they find it, no way am I putting any creepy-crawly creature in my mouth.
I hope this doesn’t sound too horrible, but bad spelling kind of drives me crazy. I think it’s a real failure of our school systems that people don’t know the differences between there/their/they’re, then/than, to/too/two, loose/lose, peek/peak, frustrate/flustrate, and other things that seem so simple—or at least seem like they should be simple.
How do you react to a bad review?
I don’t, at least not publicly. I might cry or mope around the house, but I would never, never publicly say anything to the reviewer. Everyone has a right to their opinion, and I’m very clear that my work isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
What movie are you looking forward to this year?
So many movies are coming out that I can’t wait to see: Hansel & Gretel, Warm Bodies, Thor, Catching Fire (HG2), Wolverine, Beautiful Creatures, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz, Iron Man, Odd Thomas, Man of Steel, World War Z, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, City of Bones, Enders Game, Hobbit 2, I Frankenstein, Frozen . . . a great year for movies! I need to start saving ticket money now.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
Completely for it. My list above supports my claim. Many of the movies I can’t wait for are based on books, comics, or graphic novels. If a movie causes someone to want to read the book version of it, then that opens the opportunity for a non-reader to discover the wonderful world of fiction—and they just might begin to read other books.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare. That was the first grand, sweeping, tragic romance I read and it really spoke to me. It has its giant, gaping holes in the plot, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful to me.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“That Lump on the Couch is Actually Working and Not Playing on the Internet.”
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Inside my house, with a fire, cup of hot cocoa, and a good book. Perfect.
If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?
Pass an irrevocable law that Congress and the Senate must be put on a balanced budget—just like every other American struggling to make ends meet. And they also must all be subject to the same laws, health plans, retirement benefits, etc., as the rest of us. Bet that’d change the way a lot of them vote on laws and bills.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a book I couldn’t get enough of. That, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I never outline, ever. I might have an idea of where the book is going but that doesn’t mean it’ll get there. I completely write as I go, so it’s many times as much of a journey for me as it is eventually for my readers.
Do your characters really talk to you?
What? Oh, I’m sorry; I couldn’t hear the question over the voices in my head. Yes, absolutely they do. They decide the direction of the story, and how they’re going to react to certain situations. Sometimes they surprise me with the things they say or do. Should I seek psychological help for this?
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Rapunzel Untangled brings the dark story modern day, with a peek into Rapunzel’s suffering and Gothel’s insanity.
What is your favorite Quote?
“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” ~ Author Unknown
Fab Fane Fannigan: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION??? The Gothel Mansion?
RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?
Fab Fane Flannigan: No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. Are you telling me the truth here?
RG: Yes, of course. Is it weird that I live here?
Fab Fane Flannigan: No, not weird, just . . . never mind. So you live in the tower?
RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?
Fab Fane Flannigan: Yes, it is. I know where it is. I’ll be there Friday at 8.
Rapunzel sensed the difference in his tone. Something wasn’t right.
Fab Fane Flannigan: Rapunzel, promise me one thing.
Fab Fane Flannigan: Don’t Google your house.
Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction.
Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.