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Interview with Caroline and David Hartman, Main Characters of Windswept

Interviewer: Caroline, tell us a little bit about yourself.
C: Oh, I hate that question! But I’ll try to answer. I’m thirty-six years old and I love gardening, anything to do with science, and cats. I can’t have a cat though because David is allergic. Boo! I have to duck into pet stores and ogle the cats and play with the kittens.

I: What about you, David?
D: He laughs. I’m afraid I’m an inveterate tinkerer. I love to do projects around the house. We’re just about to cut into the back wall of the house and put in a French door to the deck. Caroline interjects: Yeah, and it’ll take him six months because he has to get everything perfect. David again, obviously taking umbrage: But you’ll love it when it’s done and invite all your friends over to see it.

I: Caroline, I hear you’re a chemical engineer. How did you get into that?
C: Well, like I said, I love anything about science. I’m one of those nuts who lie on their backs on the deck all night to watch the meteor showers every August. She leans forward for emphasis. I just love the whole process of working in a chemical company. Coming up with an idea, testing it with every deviation you can think of, and then watching it roll off the assembly line as a viable product.

I: I know you are both avid sailors. How did you get into it and what is it about sailing you love? David?
D: We were bitten by the bug while we were on our honeymoon. You know… take a moonlight sail in Bermuda. We had no business spending that much money on a sailboat at that point, but we couldn’t resist. I love the might of sailing, the wind filling the sails so powerfully the boat is heeling and pushing through the water with spray coming over the bow. There’s nothing like it.

C: I like the windy days too but I prefer the wind about fifteen to twenty knots so you have more control. It’s still exciting, but not so wild. David spoke up and put his hand to the side of his face as if to block what he was saying from Caroline. Caro doesn’t do gusts. She’s a fair weather sailor. Caroline pushed him sideways with her shoulder. You had your turn. Sometimes I think my favorite kind of sailing is quiet evening sails with the sunset awash on the water. You know, it’s kind of funny. When you’re sailing, you’re topside dealing with the sails and lines and wind and all and the boat seems like a sailing machine. But when you go below to eat dinner or spend the night, it becomes a cozy little cabin with a completely different vibe. It’s warmth and quiet but during the day out sailing you don’t even think about that part.

I: I’m afraid our time is up here today. Maybe we can talk another day. For now, this is WANN, Annapolis.


Windswept is a romantic novel of redemption and family values and fighting for what is important. Sailing Windswept has always been a family affair and many of Caroline and David Hartford’s fondest memories have taken place on Chesapeake Bay sailing in all kinds of conditions and exploring the bay.

When husband David is unfaithful and commits the ultimate betrayal by bringing his mistress aboard Windswept, Caroline’s world is shattered. He leaves her and she is forced to rely solely on herself for the first time in her life. She has to be a single parent to her daughter, Lily, and to decide if she can forgive David for tearing her family apart.

As David and Caroline work to put their marriage back together, events and other people conspire against them, over and over.  Their relationship begins to heal, but the couple is caught in a horrific storm and waterspout on the bay, heading straight for Windswept. They want a chance to love again but Mother Nature might have other ideas.


Cynthia has been writing all her life, as a newspaper reporter, editor and novelist. She even asked for (and received) a play typewriter for Christmas when she was about ten.

To be near her children and granddaughters, she and her newly retired hubby, moved to the Buffalo, NY area. Through her daughter, who is also a writer, she got hooked up with RWA (Romance Writers of America) and good things started to happen.

She is now writing more novels, taking lots of trips and relaxing by the pool on gorgeous summer days in Western, NY.

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Sarah here! Readers, I hope you’ve enjoyed this visit with Cynthia and her characters from WINDSWEPT. Please welcome her with your comments — I bet she’d love to know what you think!