Cynthia earned her BA Art and Design from Iowa State University, and MEd Art from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Her first career was in museum education where she developed programs to draw visitors in and enhance their museum experience and wrote curriculum to share objects from the collection with local schools. In those early years, Cynthia wrote docent manuals for the Des Moines Art Center, and the corporate collection of the Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, as well as creating school and public programs for Iowa State University Museums, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and Walker Art Centre.
Years later, while living in Egypt, the idea for a middle grade series of novels began to take shape. Cynthia attended Vermont College of Fine Art Novel Retreat in Montpellier, lead by Connie May Fowler in 2015. Among her favourite distance learning courses was the University of Iowa’s MOOC, “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 graduated from Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online 2016-17. Cynthia is an active member of the Brussels Writers Circle where she is co-facilitator of the weekly meetings. Cynthia is a member of Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Creative Academy.
Today, from her home in Belgium, Cynthia is querying agents, excited to bring her debut novel to publication. Already at work on a sequel, Cynthia is also developing a series of quirky, short stories entitled Interviews with Rock People, as well as two children’s picture books, The Polar Bear and the UFO and The Travel Diaries of Luna the Labradoodle. She enjoys an active lifestyle, loads of travel, and indulging her creative side with painting, collage and finding composition in nature.