Cynthia Kumanchik is the author of several young adult and women’s novels. She attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, graduating with a degree in journalism. She is a marketing and public relations professional. Cynthia lives with her husband in Pasadena, California.
What inspires you to write?
I like science fiction and writing about the future. The present can be very dark, but as a writer you can develop your own world and setting.
In my last book, "Lake Girl," the setting took place on a lake where I once lived and was based on real people, except of course the ghost.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to do a 2-3 page outline of the story, and let the characters and plot develop as I write. I enjoy seeing how the book flows and being free with the direction of the plot until the editing process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I like to get into my characters' heads, explore their thinking and perspectives.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the young adult perspective and I am inspired by Sara Dessen, Jodi Piccoult and Judy Bloom. Their characters are real and the authors cover contemporary issues and problems.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish my books and have used CreateSpace and Book Baby. I like the freedom to be create my own timeline, cover and direction of my book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I like the fact that book publishing is changing every day and that authors can self-publish their book, "their way." I think there will be a trend toward hybrid publishing because everybody should be given a chance to share their story.
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
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