Guest Cyndi Faria Talks Winning Storylines

I’m so excited to welcome my friend and critique partner Cyndi Faria to Magical Musings.  Cyndi is one of the hardest working and passionate writers I know.  Welcome, Cyndi…

I’d like to thank Magical Musings Author Virna DePaul for inviting me to guest blog today about how I finally settle on a winning storyline.

Since, well, forever, my mind has churned out storyline after storyline. Sometimes, the characters inside my head shake me awake in the middle of the night with the first sentence hook, complete with dialogue, tension, and setting. Since I have to put words on paper just to shut them up—and get some rest—I let my groggy eyes and lazy fingers scribble something on the pad I keep on my nightstand for such emergencies. Then I tell the gang to go back to sleep. Most of the time that works. But not always, and I find my computer screen lighting up the midnight hour until the wee hours of the night. Some would say I’m lucky to have so many homemade movies stored inside my imagination.

Virna, my CP, might beg to differ as I discuss most of those stories with her. I’m sure she rolls her eyes—and no wonder she doesn’t ooVoo or Skype me. ☺ [Virna: I don’t roll my eyes, I’m in awe of all the ideas she has!]

So how do I decide which story to focus on when writing my next novel? First, I have a file where I jot down story plot ideas. Most stories fade away, but some hang on. And the characters won’t let go.

I have to ask myself, as all writers must ask themselves: Why write this story? Detailed by what my protagonist must endure, what message (theme) do I want to share with readers?

Sometimes I’m stumped, so the story gets shelved.

But sometimes, the characters poke at me day and night until I can finally narrow down what’s bothering them, what they truly want from life, both mentally and physically, and how they must embrace change to reach their ultimate goals.

Once I’ve figured that out, even if I’ve written a scene or two, I can edit the piece to show the protagonist’s flaws, attributes, fears, desires, motivation, and goal. And finally, the theme of the story.

My question is, what is your favorite type of story or story theme?

Leave a comment for a chance to win my newest eBook—A Promise Worth Remembering.


My latest short romance titled A Promise Worth Remembering, Book 2 in the Promises Collection, hit #3 in Short Romance Free Kindle. Bailey Yant must realize her unwillingness to embrace the future is keeping her locked in the past. If she doesn’t learn to trust the hero Tucker Pierce and leave the past behind, she’ll fall into a life of cynicism and loneliness with nothing but memories to keep her company.


After ten years, tiger preserve owner Bailey Yant never thought heart-breaker Tucker Pierce would return to Safe Haven. With a hundred-year-old feud between the Pierce and Yant families escalating, and despite a mystical lovers’ rock stirring memories of their forbidden love, she’s walled up her heart tighter than her sanctuary. When her prized tiger trespasses onto the Pierce’s hunting range, and poachers threaten not only her tiger’s safety but the livelihood of her preserve, will Bailey open her heart and trust Tucker in time to save her endangered Bengals?


At seventeen, Tucker Pierce fell in love with Bailey’s strength the day he’d pulled her from the river and promised to make her dreams come true. However, to keep Bailey safe from his abusive father, he risked everything—and in the process lost her to another man. For ten years, he’s kept his reason for leaving Safe Haven secret, but he can’t forget the promise he made to her or who his heart belongs to. After finding the widowed Bailey standing on their special rock, will he finally convince her to trust he’s a man of his word?



Tucker’s gaze found Bailey’s and held.

Corkscrewed into her heart until her chest hurt. Smoothing her chin with her palm to quiet the quivers spidering across her face, she raised her brows and expected him to say more.

But he only stared.

She lifted a palm, a subtle wave before she dropped her arm to rest at her bare thigh. What could she say to him? Hello? How have you been? Too many questions riddled her mind to settle on a single syllable.

Pointing upstream, he repeated, “It’s important we talk… I’ve seen…tiger.”

If what he needed to discuss caused him concern, why hadn’t he crossed the river or driven to the preserve? They were adults and she didn’t have any problems with Tucker, only his father.

No matter… Most likely he’d seen some of her tigers housed in the sanctuary. Because of their natural instincts to hunt large game, they slinked along the north side of the property to stalk deer that paused where the gentle slope led to the water’s edge. But bridging their past with small talk?

She didn’t want chit chat. She wanted answers, she wanted justice, she wanted the resolution she promised herself she’d never stir up, but couldn’t let go. Like their forbidden relationship, those feelings were better left undisturbed. Only seeing Tucker voided all warnings of caution she’d erected. She waved him over to her side. “We can talk over here.”



Cyndi Faria is an engineer turned romance writer whose craving for structure is satisfied by plotting emotional and cozy paranormal romance stories about cursed spirits, lost souls, harbingers, and even a haunted coastal town. If you love a tale with courageous heroes and heroines, where their unconditional love for each other gives them strength to defeat their inner demons, Cyndi Faria invites you to enter the pages of her stories and find happily-ever-after.

On and off her sexy romance pages, this California country girl isn’t afraid to dirty her hands fighting for the underdog and caretaking rescued pets. Find her helping fellow writers and leading readers to happily-ever-after at

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22 Responses to Guest Cyndi Faria Talks Winning Storylines

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Cyndi, welcome to Magical! What a great idea to have a heroine who owns a tiger preserve and a hero with a hunting range. Even before the book starts, they’re opposites!

    Congrats on your story and all the other story ideas in your head!

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Cyndi,

    Welcome to Magical Musings! 🙂 Love the sound of the new book!

    For me I fall in love what a ‘what if…’ and usually go from there. I often know who the heroine is first…but that’s it.

    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

  3. Thanks for being with us today, Cyndi! 🙂

    • Cyndi Faria says:

      Thank you for hosting me, Virna!

      Contest: I’ll be picking a winner later tonight. Can’t wait to see who the winner of A Promise Worth Remembering will be…. ❓

  4. Waving Cyndi and Virna. What a fun interview. I have no idea where my ideas for stories come from. I was told by a guest speaker at my local writers’ group that I have inherited my great, great grandmother. She is supposedly living with my muse. It started the day I read her first published story (she was the first woman to have stories published in a magazine we’ve been told) and found two sentences she wrote word for word I wrote and in a very similar circumstance – her story was about her life. I wasn’t sure if it was awesome or scary. 🙂

  5. Cyndi,
    So glad to have you visiting us at MM today!
    Loved reading about your story, too — sounds fascinating! (I love tigers. 😉 )
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Prairie Dogs, Mountain Majesties & Route 66…oh, my!

  6. Amy Atwell says:

    Great post, Cyndi, and I love the sound of your story. In romance it’s so important to make the hero and heroine perfect for each other and then place them so they must oppose each other. I’m a big fan of reunion romances and when I read historicals, I do love stories where women masquerade as men.
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Do You Belong To A Book Club?

    • Cyndi Faria says:

      Amy, Reunion stories and first loves are my absolute favorite stories! And a woman dressing as a man? I could definately think of a place to use that plot twist. Fun!

  7. Kristine R says:

    Great Post Cynthia I like how your book sounds. My favorite type of story is any historical romance.

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Welcome to MM, Cyndi. Mighty interesting post. I’m with on the middle of the night knock, knock, knock at my brain. I never (ever) ignore those knocks. Some of my best ideas came in the wee hours of the night.

    As to your latest release … A tiger reserve? Really? Now that’s different. 😎

  9. Diana McCollum says:

    Hi, Cyndi,

    Great blog post! I loved the excerpt of your book. I enjoy pretty much all story lines except Erotica & Sci-Fi & darker stories. The books I read have to have a HEA. Good luck on sales.

    • Cyndi Faria says:

      Dianna, I’m so sensitive when it comes to a HEA ending that I have to be really careful what books I read if I don’t want to ruin my entire day. I don’t mind dark, but it must end with a happily for now. 😉

    • Cyndi Faria says:

      Diana, You’re the winner of today’s contest. To collect, forward your email address to and I’ll gift you my latest Kindle short romance A Promise Worth Remembering.


  10. I do love reunion stories and older heroine and hero stories. I still love your cover!
    Mary Marvella`s last blog was …New experiences.

  11. Cyndi Faria says:

    Thank you for hosting me today on Magical Musings! And thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions. I’ve already had several ideas for new stories. 😉

    And now for the winner….

    Using Random.Org–a random number generator–the winner of the eBook A Promise Worth Remembering is Diana McCollum!

    Congratulations, Diana! Just send your email address to and I’ll gift you a kindle copy.

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