Get to know Cynthia…

I’m a children’s book writer and the mom of two adult children. My first novel, RULES, won a Newbery Honor in 2007. I’m also the author of HOT ROD HAMSTER, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAMSTER, and TOUCH BLUE. I’m a children’s book author and mom to two teenagers. My first novel, RULES, won a Newbery Honor in 2007. For more info, visit my website.

Let the conversation begin!

What initially drew you to writing?

I loved to read and tell stories as a child. I think that’s when I first started becoming a writer—I would make up new stories about the characters I loved in books.

Who is your favorite author?

I have so many! But one favorite is Barbara Robinson who wrote “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I had the chance to meet her at a conference, and it was so exciting!

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas often begin with my own experiences. RULES came from the fact that I have a son with autism. TOUCH BLUE came from one of my teaching experiences (a tiny school on a Maine island).

What advice would you give young writers?

Dare to keep writing your story, even if you worry your first draft is not very good. Revision is where you’ll make it good.

When are you the most productive?

I’m definitely a morning person. Though I can work in the afternoons, too.

Are your characters completely fictional? Or do you base them off real people?

Sometimes I will use traits from real people, though the characters as a whole are fictional.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Find the story only you can tell and tell it in a way that only you can tell it.

What is your dream vacation?

The Lake District in England!