Who is this Cynthia person, anyway?

Sailing in San Francisco Bay, 2012

Hello, there! I’m an award-winning short story writer and co-owner of the book review and writing website, DuelingLibrarians.net.

I have been telling stories since I could string together sentences, much to my parent’s delight and chagrin. They loved receiving praise from my teachers for my writing but disliked when I tried to use my creativity to political ends (the dessert debacle of 1981 comes to mind). More on that another time.

Skydiving Cloverdale, CA 2006


My love of books and stories drove me to receive my BA in English Literature and later a Masters in Library Science. Like many MLIS holders, I have never worked in the library field professionally. The saturation of graduates in the market for jobs caused some bitterness at first, but now I see it as a blessing. Had I found a library job, I may never have picked up writing again.

After earning my degrees, I contracted a horrible case of reader’s block followed by a sharp decline in storytelling. Then in 2013, my husband and I welcomed the birth of our son. It was then that the writing fog lifted and I decided to take the bull by the horns and finish the book I’d talked about writing since childhood. After all, I was pushing forty, and no one lives forever. I am happy to report the completion of the first draft of said novel, The Dragons of Kalda. Now for the rewrites. . .

Bastille Day, Paris 2007

In addition to writing, I love to travel, and I’ve had the privilege of visiting Thailand, Western Europe, Ireland, The UK, and Central America. I would one day love to make it to Eastern Europe and South America. Not to mention all the amazing places to see in the US.

I am also a recent convert to jogging, and try to get out three to four times a week. This is something of a feat for me. I suffer from asthma, and as a kid, spent several weeks bedridden every year battling bronchitis before it developed into pneumonia, again.

Curacao, 2014


Along with jogging, I am teaching myself to draw so I can illustrate my children’s books.

A DIY nerd, I love to hack recipes, create crochet patterns, needlepoint, and embroidery.

Please check out my blog as tell a few personal and family stories, explore the wonderful world of self-publishing, learn the finer points of marketing, rewrite my manuscript, search for an editor, and navigate the ups and downs of parenting a child with Sensory Integration Disorder.


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