Cynthia earned her BA Art and Design from Iowa State University, and EdM Art from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She worked in museum education for many years sharing her passion for art and antiquities with visitors and schools. In 2015, Cynthia attended Vermont College of Fine Art Novel Retreat in Montpellier, lead by Connie May Fowler, followed by the University of Iowa’s Distance Learning IWP course, “How Writer’s Write Fiction”, facilitated by Christopher Merrill and Angela Flournoy.

In spring 2016, Cynthia was selected as a mentee for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. She is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online 2016-17.  From her home in Belgium, Cynthia is querying agents, excited to bring her novel The Novice Collector to publication. Already at work on a sequel, Cynthia is also developing a series of quirky, short stories for adults.  She enjoys an active lifestyle, loads of travel, and indulging her creative side with painting and collage.


  • K-12 art curriculum, museum didactic panels and text; adult training manuals and industry materials, newsletters
  • Vegan in a Foreign Land, published in Oasis Magazine, March 2015
  • AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, Mentee, 2016 (Spring)
  • Middle Grade Fiction novel, The Novice Collector, an excerpt, published in Emerge 17, the annual anthology of Simon Fraser University