I'm an award-winning author of literary and romance fiction. I have always loved reading and expressing myself through the written word. My career as a novelist began in 1986, when I joined the Professional Novel and Memoir Writing Workshop at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Dorothy (Dee) Burke Lopez, course instructor and published author, became my mentor and was instrumental in the publication of my first contemporary romance, A Bed of Roses, released under the pseudonym Elyn Day, from Silhouette Books.
While I worked on the next romance, self-publishing began establishing itself as a legitimate avenue for authors who wanted more control over their books. Two unsold manuscripts later, I made the decision to write the stories I wanted to write and publish them myself. I still have the first copy of Her Phoenix Heart on 3 ½-inch disk!
Dee Lopez retired in 1999, and I took over as the instructor for her workshops. I devoted my time and attention to the formidable task of filling my mentor's shoes, and soon realized my writing had stalled. So I took the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, and out poured my literary adventure Father, Son & Grace (republished as Destination Stardust). Switching genres reignited my passion to write.
I'm drawn to stories about people who face seemingly insurmountable odds and emerge stronger for the experience. If I can give a reader courage through one of my characters, then the research and long hours and angst of molding words on the page has been worth it. And a story must have a satisfying ending. What's the point of following characters through hardship, only to see them fail? They may not end up with what they had been striving for, but they end up with something that makes them a better, happier person.
Writing in the spirit of adventure and happy endings, Pacific Northwest author Cindy Hiday has won numerous honors, including first place in the Kay Snow Awards for fiction from Willamette Writers. Her humorous literary novel, Father, Son & Grace (republished as Destination Stardust), is a five star Reader's Favorite and local book club choice. When she isn't writing, Cindy enjoys growing her own produce, hiking old-growth forests in search of the next waterfall, and strolling long, sandy beaches.
In June 2020, I received a "Twenty Years of Service" award from Mt. Hood Community College and a lovely Bulova picture frame clock, bringing to an end that chapter of my life as a writing instructor. I met a lot of interesting people in those twenty years, heard a lot of fascinating stories, and made many lifelong friends (like Beth in the chicken suit!).