Sins of the Son – Cindy O’Hara

© Cindy O'Hara

Cindy O’Hara is the co-author of Sins of the Son. She is a former journalist with more than a decade of experience in Washington D.C. While there, she covered various industries including energy, oil and construction. She is looking forward to co-authoring her next novel in this series.

Interviewed by Stephen M. Thompson, Ph.D.

Welcome to OpenBeast. Tell us about yourself.

I started writing at a very young age, more to occupy my time than anything else. With no brothers or sisters to share my space with, I would write stories on my grandparents’ old manual typewriter to keep myself entertained or at home in a journal. My mother used to work at a travel agency, and I would go there after school. When she was closing up the office, I would write long, creative novellas on her computer. I’m sure she didn’t know what to make of me and my “hobby”.

How and why did you get into journalism and writing?

Some time in my teens, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer–I’m not really sure why. It stuck with me though so that when most kids went to college with little idea of what they wanted to do, I declared myself a Poli Sci major at the outset. At the time, the only way I saw myself was following in the footsteps of the great F. Lee Bailey–then I started getting C’s in Political Science–and quite frankly I was bored out of my mind.  This was not the glamorous, court-room drama, adrenaline rush I had imagined it would be. Not even a visit and speech from the great man himself could sway me into thinking I was talented enough to do what he did. So I thought, ‘I love to read and write, what else can I do?’ The next day, I switched from Political Science to Journalism, Radio/TV News, and immediately felt like I had come home. I received A’s and B’s for my work and haven’t looked back.

What is Sins of the Son all about?

To me, Sins of the Son has two themes: growth and redemption/forgiveness. The character, Tony, goes through so many struggles from the time he’s born through his 30’s, when the book takes place–physical, emotional, and spiritual crises. Through these obstacles– some self-imposed, others by happenstance–the readers get to see a man who comes full  circle, that be/c of these struggles and poor decisions, he must grow and change in order to truly have the kind of life he envisions for himself. Tony gets to a point where he is forced to evaluate his motivation for the things that he does and the decisions that he’s made. When Tony goes head-to-head with his father at the climax, Tony realizes he has a choice to make–and that he’s been making the wrong ones all along, and for all the wrong reasons. His redemption comes through the realization that he is loved no matter who is and what he’s done and in that way he can forgive himself, thus freeing himself from the agony of trying to please the very people that accept him unconditionally.

Talk to us about Author Tony Tancredi.

I’ve never collaborated on anything that I’ve written and Tony’s life has obviously been a colorful one, filled with interesting characters. I’ve met some of his friends and they are charming, gracious, and welcoming. As far as working together, it was an interesting mix. On the one hand, you have a slightly opinionated journalist with more than a decade of experience at the time and a strong sense of story and character. On the other hand, you have a gentlemen who wants his story told in a certain way, who also has a strong vision of what he wants and how things should be written, and a strong personality as well. Let’s just say that on more than one occasion we clashed and butted heads over, well just about everything, but somehow we always found a way to compromise. Now, mutual friends of ours who have witnessed our relationship change from client and writer, to friends, say we argue like an old married couple, which probably isn’t far from the truth. Ultimately, though we respect and care for one another and will be forever tied together because of our work.

In four words or less, describe your strongest and most defining personality traits.

(It’s more of a mantra): Live life honestly.

Any upcoming projects or initiatives you would like to mention?

Tony and I intend to write a second book in the series–God help us all.

What is something that most people may not know about you?

I wanted to be a jockey until one day my mom turned to me and said, “Oh, honey, you’re going to be too tall.” I remember it was the first time I felt crushed, as if someone had just dumped ice water on what I had planned for my life.

What activity brings you the most joy?

Nothing compares to reading a good book. By that I mean, one that you can’t wait to pick up in the morning while sipping your coffee, and one you want to curl up with before you go to bed…and of course, writing!

Thank you.

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