Writing is not something I dreamed about from an early age. In fact, I didn’t even try my hand at it until my forty-third birthday—and then only because I was looking for something I could do if I became bedridden, if my then-unknown ailment led to that. I had always been creative, but in a more tactile way. And though I’m an avid reader, I didn’t start reading for pleasure until I was nineteen. Once I started, I couldn’t get my fill. But never did I imagine I’d one day be putting my own words on paper; such a concept was completely unfathomable to me.
Yet, once I had forgotten I couldn’t write, I discovered I was actually capable of spinning a yarn, making up characters out of whole cloth, giving them a series of dilemmas and letting them run wild. I was thrilled to discover I could string sentences together and weave plot lines to a satisfying conclusion. The day I finished the first book, I started on the second.
As soon as I realized how easy it was to focus my mind on something as constructive as developing characters and plots, the material began flowing nonstop. My only problem is keeping the various unwritten storylines in my head until I have time to write them.
The inspiration for some of my stories has come from real life events; others grew from the mere seed of an idea. If there is any common denominator among my books, I think it’s the examination of how we fit into this world, what it means to be human, and how we react to the challenges of life and love. I hope you will enjoy the characters in my stories as much I’ve enjoyed creating them. ~ Cynthia
I was three-quarters of the way through the third installment in the Madeline Dawkins series when a crisis with my mother forced me to abandon it. When my mom was safely moved into a new residence in Northern California in 2015, I thought I’d be able to pick up the story where I’d left off. But it didn’t work out that way.
Because I had been so distracted by revelations about my mother’s life, I realized the only way to make sense of what I’d learned was to delve into her past and recreate it, to give me an understanding of who she was as a person, outside of her role as Mom. The result was “Finding Ruth”, a book I’m so grateful I pursued.
Once that was completed, I felt too out of touch with Madeline’s partially-finished third adventure. I shelved what I had written and started over with completely new ideas.
I’m pleased to announce that “Girl Trap” is set for release in May 2018. I’ve taken Madeline and her gang to places I never thought I’d be brave enough to go. Girl Trap pushed me and the cast of characters way out of our comfort zones. Being tested shows you what you’re capable of. I’m proud of the way Madeline and Mike have handled what I’ve thrown at them and I hope you will enjoy the story. I must warn you, it’s a bit of a wild ride!
Let me know what you think of Girl Trap, or any of my other books. I always welcome in reader feedback! As I work my way through the publishing process, I’m already looking forward to seeing what the gang at Mad Dawg P.I. will get up to in book four. I’ll keep you posted!