When Cindy was a child, she had a dilemma: how to climb her favorite reading tree while carrying her book. Her father solved her problem by hammering a small nail into the tree as high as she could reach, then giving her a bucket to hang on the nail. This way she could use both hands to scamper up to her favorite perch, then reach down to retrieve her book. She still loves finding a cozy, quiet place to read, though she now prefers pillows and fuzzy blankets to tree bark and leaves.
In college Cindy was considering majoring in English and Business but was told by a professor that the mix of right brain and left brain just wouldn’t work. So of course she declared her majors that week, and later discovered that her choice was a wonderful combination for a career in publishing. She worked first for a small niche publishing company as the Director of Product Editorial, producing children’s coloring books, gift books, greeting cards, and the like. When she grew tired of that work, she joined forces with an established freelance book editor, taking the primary lead on editing non-fiction and performing the backup edit on fiction. Seeing the changes that an experienced fiction editor made in manuscripts was invaluable training for her own writing.
Cindy left behind her editing business to go back to school for a Master of Divinity degree and now works as a minister in the most liberal mainline Christian denomination. Writing sermons every week has honed her ability to communicate stories with passion, and she even gets to slip in a little slam poetry every once in a while. Cindy lives with her wife, their two children, and a dog named Dobby who loves socks.
Regal House Publishing is proud to bring you Cindy Maddox’s novel In the Neighborhood of Normal in the fall of 2021.