Literary Escapes Podcast Episode 103 Exploring Virginia with author Cindy Ray Hale

Ep 103: Exploring Virginia with Author Cindy Ray Hale

Join us as we tour the US through books, one state at a time.

This week we are traveling to Virginia with author Cindy Ray Hale. Cindy, a writer of small-town sweet romance novels, shares her love for the Blue Ridge Mountains and the southern Appalachian vibe that inspired her book settings. From her first book, “Destiny,” to her current rom-com series, Cindy talks about her experiences as an indie author, her writing process, and the unique themes woven into her stories.

Journey with us through the Appalachian mountains and small-town charm!

Meet Cindy Ray Hale

Author Cindy Ray Hale

Cindy Ray Hale loves to write romcoms set in small towns and has been writing and publishing books since 2012, all the while, laughing at her own funny stories. She is married to the sweetest guy and has a blended family with him, consisting of seven kids.

She loves nerding out on video games, creating book covers, and drinking too much caffeine. When she can find a moment, she loves to sing and play the piano and often includes acting and singing somewhere in her stories.

She was born and raised in the hills of Tennessee in a large crazy family and as an adult, has moved all over the United States. She’s finally settled down in a small town in the mountains of western Virginia where she loves to go hiking, boating, and dig in her garden.

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Exploring Virginia with Author Cindy Ray Hale

In This Episode

We had so much fun chatting with Cindy and here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Growing up in Tennessee and moving to Virginia
  • Why she chose to self-publish
  • Her work as a freelance editor
  • Attending a Baptist school as a Mormon
  • Her first book, Destiny, and how it has evolved through rewriting
  • Our book club book, Oops I Kissed Him Again and the Maple Creek Series
  • Mrs. Wheaton, the town gossip!
  • Her next book coming – Blue Mountain Billionaires Book 4

Books Mentioned in this Episode


Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale book cover

Oops I Kissed Him Again

Oops I Kissed Her Again by Cindy Ray Hale book cover

When You’re Ready, Come and Kiss Me

When You're Ready Come and Kiss Me by Cindy Ray Hale book cover

Flirting with my Billionaire Boss

Book 1 of Blue Mountain Billionaires

Flirting With My Billionaire Boss by Cindy Ray Hale book cover

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Books Set In Virginia with map outline of Virginia and stacks of books

Books Set in Virginia

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