Writing is not something I dreamed about doing 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 a creative outlet I could do from bed, if it came 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. But once I started, I couldn’t get my fill. It was not uncommon for me to have four or five books going at the same time. 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, I somehow forgot this when wracking my brain for an alternative creative outlet. Once I had forgotten I was lacking the fundamental ability, I discovered I was 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 stunned and delighted 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 inner voice on something as constructive as developing characters and plots, the material began flowing nonstop. Now my only problem is trying to keep the various unwritten storylines intact in my head until I have time to write them.
The inspiration for some of my books came for real life events; others grew from the mere seed of an idea—generally a character, either real or imagined. If there is any common denominator among my books, I think it must be the examination of how we as human beings deal with the forces of life and love, for none of us are immune to them, nor can any of us control them. I hope you will enjoy the characters in my stories as much I’ve enjoyed imagining them.
Cynthia loves attending book club meetings to discuss her books! If you live in Santa Barbara County and wish to have her attend your meeting, send her an email with the date you have in mind and she will attend if possible.
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 of my mother’s life, starting a new book seemed more appealing than trying to figure out where I was in Madeline’s third adventure. The result was “Finding Ruth”, a book I’m so grateful I pursued.
But now that my mom’s book is published and the new website is up and running, it’s high time to get back to Madeline, my brave, multitasking heroine from “Spouse Trap” and “A High Price to Pay”.
To gear up for writing the “new” next chapter in her saga, I’ve been fortunate enough to have been chosen for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Dept. Citizen’s Academy. Because I’m a fiend for research—preferably hands on—this opportunity was the best way for me to introduce Madeline and her entourage back into my brain. As I’ve become acquainted with law enforcement procedures and challenges, Madeline, Mike and Lauren—along with some new faces—have filtered back into my psyche, which is always a good sign.
Check back in a couple months and I’ll let you know what the gang at Mad Dawg P.I. is up to this time…