Get to know a best selling writer
It’s a new month so that means it’s time to announce our Novelist of the Month! Drum roll, please…
It’s Cindy Woodsmall!
Cindy has been writing novels for many years now and is a favorite among countless LifeWay readers. She remains one of the most respected voices in the Amish fiction genre. Cindy has just released a new Christmas novel, The Angel of Forest Hill. Let’s take a quick look at it:
A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.
Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?
An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.
When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Virginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.
As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?
Think you know Cindy?
Sure, her fans might think they know all about Cindy, but do you really? I recently asked her to share some fun tidbits that will help us to get to know her more. Let’s see what she sent along…
Oh… and stayed tuned to the very end of this post for a special announcement!
1. While growing up, I lived in a suburb of Washington DC, and in farming country where there wasn’t another house in sight, and in other places that were between those two extremes.
2. I’m the youngest of four children. Youngest children occasionally stun our older siblings by having any kind of proficiency. But all they really want to know is whether we can still crawl into the way, way back of station wagon like we did as children. The answer is yes, we can. Got a station wagon? If you do, we can prove it, although we may need medical assistance and physical therapy afterward.
3. When I was young, I worked as a clothing store manager. I created rad displays and helped customers find bad-to-the-bone clothes. Enjoyed the job, but I’ve hated shopping for clothes since.
4. Most families have an escape plan in case of fire. When I was growing up, my family had a find Cindy plan. I could get so enthralled in something, I didn’t see or hear anything around me. My parents enjoyed stopping at various museums when we traveled. You might think leaving me once or twice would be enough for my parents to get a handle on my quirkiness of being a very quiet child who crawled into the cargo area of the station wagon to read or lie down. I’ve been left at more museums than many adults have ever been to. When I finally realized my family was gone, I knew exactly what to do because we had a find Cindy plan.
5. Thirty-one years ago, I chose to live in North Georgia, forty miles outside of Atlanta, because my husband and I felt like it was a place that would have jobs for us—from young adult to retirement, and for our children when the time came. The plan worked great for two out of three children! There’s always one…
6. I usually write in silence. When I do listen to music while writing, it must be instrumental only, and I’m very particular about the piece. Just one piece? Yep. Since I tune everything out after a few minutes of writing, I only need one song to help me slip into another world. I’ve played that one song more than twenty thousand times during the last decade. I expect iTunes to renege on its download-and-play policy any day now.
7. I used to make breads of all kinds almost daily. I would grind my own wheat, and I have pages of recipes that I’ve tinkered with over the years. My adult children refer to this time as “Hey, Mom, remember when you used to cook?”
8. My real-life pets are the inspiration behind the dogs in my books, except the fictional pets are well-trained versions of the real thing.
9. I get very attached to my characters, and I experience guilt for all the hard times I put them through. Sometimes while writing, I actually cry for them.
10. I’m an introvert times ten. The main definition of the word is “a reserved or shy person,” and I’m not particularly shy. But an extrovert is willingly open with people and is energized by that. An introvert is very private and needs to be recharged after sharing anything personal. So, after revealing these ten private things about myself, I’m about to go take a nap. Then I’ll bury my head under a pillow and think, Why did I share those things?
Coming today, November 3, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 12:00 p.m. Central, we’ll be launching a great giveaway from Cindy! Be sure to stop back by to learn what is up for grabs!