Cindy Hiday got her break in publishing when she wrote about her first skydiving experience in a community college workshop. The Oregonian bought the essay, "One jump makes a proud skydiver," even though it was 200 words too long. She hasn't jumped out of anymore planes, but has gone on to publish and win awards in romantic fiction, and contributed a monthly newsletter column, "Working the Web," for the local Romance Writers of America. When her Mt. Hood Community College mentor retired in 1999, she stepped forward as part-time instructor of the Professional Novel & Memoir Writing program. She divides her time between mentoring the latest group of writing talent and working on the next novel. Currently a member of Willamette Writers, Cindy lives in Oregon with her husband and four-legged friends.
To my readers:
It sounded so simple--bang out romances at the kitchen table (this was before typewriters had gone the way of the dinosaur) between trips to the mailbox to collect royalty checks.
That was almost 30 years ago. I've learned a few things since then. Books don't magically pour from my head onto the page. There's a lot of sweat and research and joy and hair-pulling involved. I tell my students to "just start writing" because it's easier to fix something that's actually on the page rather than floating around in your head. But sometimes that's easier said than done. Sometimes it's easier to throw another load of laundry in the washer or take the dog for a walk. The stories are still there, though. Haunting, coaxing, begging to be written.
There's nothing quite as exciting as wringing a tear or a laugh from my readers. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I've enjoyed writing them.
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