Friday, October 5, 2012

Fabulous Friday Feature- Cynthia Herron

Today I welcome my twin, who is good spirited,
 a tower of strength future authoress, and funny: Cynthia.  

Enter to win a copy of The Shunning by Beverly Lewis, 
see below.

I first met Cynthia..wait, I can't tell you, she is grabbing the keyboard away from me. It was a funny moment, one I will let her tell. Since that moment we have encouraged each other in writing and our personal lives. I am thankful for Cynthia, you'll see why in her words:

Be Encouraged…God Has a Plan!

I initially met Mary Vee at the 2011 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in St. Louis.

Mary and I couldn’t help but notice each other; you might say we had a “meeting of the minds.” The very last night of conference, right before the awards gala began, our eyes fell upon each other in a mutual “I can’t believe it” moment. Yep. That’s right. We’d unknowingly committed the social faux pas that’s driven many women to the brink of horror: we were both dressed alike! We’d chosen the same lovely white and black sequined jackets and color-coordinating black attire to accompany them. Some gals might have stalked away unhinged, but blessedly, we saw the humor in the situation and laughed. I think I made some off-the-cuff remark like “You have great taste. Dillards, right?”

Thus, a friendship was born. Thanks, “twin,” for inviting me to guest post today!

My writing journey began when I was a small child. I loved Dick and Jane and the many worlds they visited. At recess, while other kids swarmed the teeter-totters and merry-go-rounds, I’d grab my Big Chief tablet and pencil and head for the nearest shade tree. I’d write tales of my own, convinced that I’d eventually be an author, too.

Little did I realize that it would be decades before God would open doors down the publication path.

After graduation from college, I worked for a time in a helping profession. It was an intense time of seasoning and preparation for future stories to come.

When I eventually married, and my husband and I began a family, my writing dream was shelved temporarily as I focused on home front adjustments.

I always kept a notebook handy for ideas, and as anyone who has children knows, there’s always great story fodder when you have little ones. Each day melds into the next, and rarely is there a dull moment, especially when the iron catches fire or your toddler gets his head stuck in the spokes of the coffee table.

On our son’s first day of Kindergarten, I gathered my idea notebooks and began crafting stories once again.

I met with some measure of success, penning short stories and poems in a locally owned (now defunct) regional magazine. Over the next several years, I took writing classes and joined local groups and national organizations to further my craft. I was getting back into my writing groove when, in March 2003, our family faced every parent’s worst nightmare: our son almost died.

For the next four years we lived in and out of hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms. Our son endured myriad I.V. treatments, blood transfusions, multiple medications, and surgeries.

Needless to say, when your child is ill, everything else takes a back seat. Including writing. (Though, I must add, I still wrote to a degree. Sometimes, it was just a glimmer of a thought on a cafeteria napkin, but it was a way of keeping my sanity and connecting me to a world other than illness.)

Ultimately, our son was healed. Not in the way we’d prayed, dreamed, or hoped, but in God’s own way and through His provision.

I began writing full-time again, and despite many stops and starts along the way, I’m now at a point where I can look back and think, “Wow…if I made it through that, I can certainly make it through anything!”

I think, as writers, we must continue our march forward and not worry about our own designated agenda. God’s timing is perfect. Age and life moments are all just relative because the One who’s in control has a plan. And His perfect plan usurps anything else we might possibly envision. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Here’s to much success on your writing journey!
*Clink* (That’s the sound of my Starbucks mug to yours.)
What’s the biggest obstacle you've faced during your writing journey?
What has God taught you?

Author Bio:
Cynthia Herron lives in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks with her family and pens heartfelt, homespun, contemporary Christian romance novels. She has a degree in psychology, a background in social work, and she is a member of ACFW and RWA. Cynthia is represented by Mary G. Keeley of the Books and Such Literary Agency. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple.
She’d love to connect with you here:

Thank you Cynthia for joining me today! The Starbucks was good, too.

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Cynthia Herron said...

Mary, I seem to have problems when commenting on Blogger/Blogspot sites (they don't seem to get along with WP sites and vice versa), but I'm going to try anyway! ;)

Thank you for inviting me into your cyber home to share today! Happy Weekend!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Tah dah. You did it! Yeah.

Lindsay Harrel said...

What an awesome meeting!! Lisa Jordan and Jessica Patch were wearing the same dress this year at the gala. Hehe.

The biggest challenge for me...I think it was just rediscovering that this is where God has called me. It's been so cool to look back and see how He shaped my writing career even though I didn't know the ultimate reason for it. I gave up the fiction writing dream when I was about 16 because I thought I didn't have anything to say. More than 10 years and a little (LOT) of life experience later, I'm ready. And NOW, I've got something to say.

Keli Gwyn said...

Hi, Mary. Hi, Cindy! I love the story of how you two met. I'd say the Lord wanted to be sure you did, so He had you choose the same outfit. Love the picture.

Cindy, every time I read about what you went through with your son, my heart aches. I can't imagine dealing with something like that. I'm glad things worked out and that your son was healed, even it it wasn't in the way you hoped. God can be full of surprises that way.

It was wonderful to see you at the conference and to have some time together. I'm so eager to here what comes of the connections you made.

Mary Vee Writer said...

How exciting that you have found new stories to tell. I can't wait to see your work. Thanks for stopping by today. Help yourself to some virtual chocolate. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

I agree. God has a very creative way of helping people meet.

Hopefully Cynthia will stop back and share her future successes.

Jill Kemerer said...

Mary and Cynthia--you have great taste in clothes! Love the picture!

Cynthia, thank you for sharing your journey. I can't imagine how difficult those years of hospitals were for you and your family. I'm glad you're able to continue your dreams!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Yeah, I really liked the dress before the gala....and in truth, I still did after I saw Cynthia because she looked so pretty in it.

Thanks for stopping by Jill. Don't forget to pick up some virtual chocolate before you leave.

Cynthia Herron said...

Thank you all for your kind comments today! And thank you again, Mary, for having me as your guest. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

You're welcome, Cynthia. Thanks for joining us.

Beth K. Vogt said...

I hadn't heard the ACFW "Twin" story until today. You both carried it off with grace and humor. And you both looked equally beautiful in the dress.
There's a gentleness, a steadiness, about Cynthia. I believe it's one born of walking with God through the toughest of times -- choosing to trust him, instead of turning away from him.

Mary Vee Writer said...

How true are your words. From the first moment we discovered each other wearing the same dress I felt her Christ-like spirit, her close journey walk with Him. She radiates the love of God.
Thanks for stopping by today, Beth. Always love having you here.

Cynthia Herron said...

Okay, all...I'm tearing up. How special you are! The writing community and our mutual faith are such a blessing to me.

Lindsay: Of course you have something to say! God's in control and He's steering your ship. :)

Keli: It was a rough time, and while I wouldn't want to endure anything like it again, God uses those seasoning periods to grow us. It increased my faith. You're an inspiration; I love your story, too!

Jill: Those times gave me perspective. Empathy is difficult to master unless we've walked a similar road as others.

Beth: You made me cry. And you humble me. You really do. :)

Mary: I'm hugging you just now! (((Hug!))) Feel it??

Mary Vee Writer said...

I sure do, Cynthia.
And I'm so glad you were able to post your own words here on blogger. Cool how God solved that problem to give you direct input.
Blessings on you and all who have visited so far to this post.

Susan Crawford said...

Thanks for sharing your journey, Cynthia. It's such an encouragement to hear of God's faithfulness, even when it doesn't look like we thought it would. Huge blessings on the next part of your writing journey!

Cynthia Herron said...

Susan, thanks so much for visiting! Such a pleasure to meet you at ACFW this year. Isn't it amazing how God connects like-minded folks? Blessings on your journey, as well. :)

Anonymous said...

How interesting you wore the same thing--that sounds like God's way of bringing you two together. Great story.

Cynthia Herron said...

Patti, I fully agree! :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

God blesses in ways we'd never expect:)