Q&A: Cindy Tomamichel

Cindy Tomamichel is hanging out with me today!

She is a writer of action adventure novels, some with a touch of romance. The heroines don’t wait to be rescued, and the heroes earn that title the hard way.

Her first book Druid’s Portal: The First Journey– time travel romance in Roman Britain near Hadrian’s Wall has been published with Soul Mate publishing. She also has a number of short stories and poems published in various anthologies.

Check it out: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071LBLQ1G/?tag=geolinker-20

Her next book, Druid’s Portal: The Second Journey is in progress. An action adventure time travel with a touch of romance set in Roman Britain.

Book: Druid’s Portal: The First Journey

A portal closed for 2,000 years.

An ancient religion twisted by modern greed.

A love that crosses the centuries.

An ancient druid pendant shows archaeologist Janet visions of Roman soldier Trajan. The visions are of danger, death, and love – but are they a promise or a curse?

Her fiancé Daman hurts and abandons her before the wedding, her beloved museum is ransacked, and a robed man vanishes before her eyes. Haunted by visions of a time she knows long gone, Janet teeters on the edge of a breakdown.

In the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall and 2,000 years back in time, Janet’s past and present collide. Daman has vowed to drive the invaders from the shores of Britain, and march his barbarian hordes to Rome. Trajan swears vengeance against the man who threatens both his loves – Janet and the Empire.

Time is running out – for everyone.

A Druid’s Portal Excerpt was provided by the author to share with our readers. Let’s take a look inside the book:

Hugh held onto Janet as the windows banged open and a gale tore through the room, heavy with the scent of forest loam, oak leaves and thyme crushed underfoot. Above the man, a black shadow gathered, silver sparkles gleaming in its impossible depths. Janet shook off Hugh and edged closer, trying to convince herself the ceiling was only a few feet above the void.

The blackness slithered down in long tendrils, and as it reached the man’s hands, Janet leapt forward, catching hold of the pendant. Startled out of his chant, the man held the chain tight even as the dark void began to swallow him.

Janet staggered as the pendant was released. Hugh pulled her backwards as the man cursed them, the unknown words of power loaded with rage and venom. Through the fading blackness of the void, Janet glimpsed a horde of dark beasts, and felt the warmth of carrion breath. As the void faded into silver sparkles, the man’s curses became an incoherent roar of rage and anger, echoing into the distance.

And then there was nothing. The man had vanished.

It’s time to delve into the Q. & A.

This my favourite part. My Questions are crafted to give a reader a clear look at how an author writes; what drives them; and what can be expected in their books.


Question: Who is your favourite character in the book and why?

Answer: My hero, Trajan Aurelius is probably my favourite because he became a symbol of the Roman Empire and devotion to duty, but also a man dealing with some past pain.


Question: Please describe him/her/they a) physically b) their personality.

Answer: He is from Italy, so has black curling hair with silver streaks, tanned and muscular from living outdoors and being a soldier in the Roman Empire. He is also scarred from previous battles. He is a deep thinker, widely read and has a sense of humour.


Question: Could I have a couple of quotes from your book of dialogue that shows that personality?

Answer: “To me, men!” Trajan roared. “Show these curs how to die like a Roman!”

“History may be just bones and ruins to you, but it is people, Janet. People loving, hurting, and dying.”


Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?

Answer: It is listed as time travel romance, but is also historical fantasy.


Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?

Answer: There are some graphic fight scenes, and part of the theme of the book deals with domestic violence and its effects on the heroine, Janet.


Question: Do you have any upcoming events?

Answer: Druid’s Portal comes out in paperback in September. It can be preordered now.


Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?

Answer: I am working on the second in the trilogy, so The Second Journey.


Question: Do you have any special mentions? (Editor, cover art etc…)

Answer: Soul Mate Publishing have been great to work with, and I certainly recommend them. My cover won the cover of the month with Books & Benches in June, so a shoutout to the artist Melody Pond.


Question: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Please describe the place rather than just a name. (The weather, the time of day, the ground, the surroundings, foliage, etc.)

Answer: At the moment I am obsessed with Hadrian’s Wall, having done so much research for the setting of the books. So a walk along Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland in the UK, in mid summer, perhaps with the sun rising and cutting through the mists in the valleys, listening to the distant baaing of sheep, and watching the sun light up the Wall.


Question: If the character from above were in that place what would they be doing?

Answer: In the second journey, I have just written a scene where Trajan and his son are talking about the past. Trajan points out the remains of the fort where he stood guard 2,000 years ago, and how the enemy often used a valley to try and attack the fort.


Question: If your character was allowed one chance to say anything to your readers, what would he/she say?

Answer: In the words of Marcus Aurelius, ‘Do not spend time arguing about what a good man is, be one.’


Question: If your character could donate to any charity, which one would he/she choose?

Answer: As a soldier, I think Trajan would donate to a returned veteran’s charity.

Thank you for your time. If you are looking for more information you can connect with this author online using the following links:

Contact Cindy on:

Website: www.cindytomamichel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CindyTomamichelAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CindyTomamichel

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16194822.Cindy_Tomamichel

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+CindyTomamichel

Amazon Author page: https://amazon.com/author/cindytomamichel

Until next time, happy reading!