3 Questions Wednesday with Cynthia Herron

CH-7888 copyHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Cynthia Herron. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Cynthia:  Oh, my goodness! Such a hard question. While I have many, many favorite books and authors, I’d have to say two of my favorite authors are Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Their themes and stories resonate with me. I love the smooth flow of their writing style. I also connect with the small-town aspect and the characters who live in those towns. While each author’s voice is unique, the overriding message in both authors’ work is love and perseverance. Also, the spiritual thread is subtle, not preachy. At the end of their stories, I’m uplifted rather than depressed.

Of course, too, Francine Rivers’ books have always challenged me and expanded my thinking. While she writes in a different vein, she forces me beyond my comfort zone, and I admire that in an author.

Good choices.  Next question…

 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Cynthia:  One day I’d love to incorporate more diversity in my work. I hope to introduce characters and issues that the inspirational fiction market has yet to embrace. While we’re seeing some progress in this area, there’s still room for expansion.

I’d love to write about average, everyday “mom and pop” characters adjusting to twenty-first century realities—in other words, those themes deemed too “racy” to address, yet realities that exist within today’s “church.”

Handled with Christlike compassion within a spiritual framework, I believe these stories would resonate with readers.

In fact, I think these stories would be groundbreaking.

What a great idea! Last question:

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Cynthia:  Ida Mae Hoscutt, a beloved character from Her Hope Discovered, book one in my Welcome to Ruby series, is the colorful, down-home friend I’d love to have in real life. Full of wit and witticisms (kind of like me), Ida Mae is the owner of the Come and Get It, a small-town diner in fictional Ruby, Missouri. She’s charming and down-to-earth with a big heart and an even bigger attitude.

If I were to spend the day with Ida Mae, I suppose we’d kick off the morning with the diner special and a strong, black cup of coffee. We’d gab for a good hour or two, and then maybe we’d venture across town to her little abode where we’d have a chick-flick marathon, munch popcorn and slug back some hot apple cider.

At some point, I’m quite certain we’d bake a cherry pie and indulge in a slice still warm from the oven. Maybe later we’d expend some calories and take a hike along the Ozark foothills. It would be the perfect day—sunny and warm, filled with giggles, hugs, and memory-making, Paradise.cherry-pie-1241372_1280

Sounds like a wonderful day. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Her Hope Discovered

HerHopeDiscoveredIs the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?

Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.
Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course?

Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.


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Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink. 

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA. 

She is a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014. Her work is represented by WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.

Cindy loves to connect with friends at her online home. She also hangs out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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My One Word for 2017: Persevere

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Welcome!

I’m so glad you stopped by.

Now that another year’s behind us, I’ve reflected on past goals mastered and met, and a few things I didn’t accomplish. I’ve set new goals for the coming year and I’ve realigned priorities.

As I mentioned in my recent newsletter, I rarely (if ever) make New Year’s resolutions, which are too easily broken, forgotten, or made in haste. I opt for “goals” instead.

Goals force us to examine our dreams and desires, usually through a step-by-step process. We might organize a plan to attain our goals and then enlist mentors to keep us focused and on track.

Last year, along with new goals—for the first time ever, I chose one word to ground me and center my thinking. That word was encourage. It fit me. It’s my life philosophy.

This year, as I contemplated my word, the choice seemed obvious. It’s a tough one—a word writers know well.

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My one word for 2017 is PERSEVERE.

As some dreams withered and died, others have been resurrected. Still, this writing journey isn’t easy.

The writing life takes tenacity, focus, and flexibility.

It demands work, self-direction, and wit.

It requires courage.

Balance.

Shoe-leather skin.

Transparency.

Good judgment.

The high road.

A sensitive heart.

An intuitive spirit.

A listening ear.

Drive.

Determination.

Sometimes, tears.

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As one year melds into the next, defeat would seem the saner option.

However, I’m a writer.

Sanity is overrated.

And you know what they say about insanity.

However—I would add this caveat.

We persevere until we get it right.

As we learn, grow, and try new things—while testing what works and discarding what doesn’t—while envisioning success.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…” (James 1:2-4 NIV)


cynthia-herronCynthia Herron writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

A hopeless romantic at heart, Cynthia enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. She has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.

Cynthia is a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014.

Besides writing, Cynthia delights in serving the Lord and spending time with her family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. Join her at: http://www.authorcynthiaherron.com/ for weekly encouragement.

3 Questions Wednesday with Cynthia Herron

ch-7888-copyIt is my privilege to welcome Cynthia Herron to 3 Questions Wednesday. I met her at the ACFW conference in Nashville. I was slightly terrified as a first-time attender and she was nice enough to take time and calm my fears. Thanks again, Cynthia.

So how did she answer our 3 questions? Let’s find out–

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Cynthia: Ahh, that’s such a tough question because there are so many wonderful stories that have inspired and encouraged me. Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love remains a life-changer. The message of this beautiful portrayal of Christ-like love and sacrifice forever shaped my view of humanity.

The Reason by William Sirls is also a favorite. It resonates for so many reasons, but particularly because it challenges us to think about life in a different context and what’s possible if we “only believe.” (Film production of this book wrapped several months ago and it will be released in 2017. Looking forward to that!)

Keeper non-fiction titles that grace my bookshelves include: Don Maas’s Writing the Breakout Novel and James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, and Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth. Additional shelf space includes The Chicago Manual of Style by the University of Chicago Press, The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman, Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark, Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird, several Susan May Warren keepers, and ohh so many others!

Some great reads I’ve enjoyed and a few I haven’t read. Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Cynthia: Hmm. Not too secret, but I used to play the hand bells at church.

That is such a cool talent! Last question:

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Cynthia: Oh, my goodness! That’s easy. Ozarkian home-cookin’, for sure. We’d start off with a butter lettuce salad (including home grown tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers from area farmers’ markets), and for the main course I’d whip up chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with thick, cream gravy, and probably fried okra or maybe zucchini. Ohh, and let’s not forget the homemade angel biscuits. Mmm! For dessert we’d indulge in simple fare—chocolate pie with whipped cream or maybe Heaven in a Cloud angel food cake. Nothing too fancy—just plain, ol’ delish!

And to make you feel really at home, I’d even let you wash a dish or two.  🙂

Thanks so much, sweet Jennifer, for inviting me over today! *Waves to all your lovely readers*

I will. And I’m ready for a road trip to your house 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia!

Cynthia is graciously offering a $25 Amazon gift card for the giveaway. Please leave a comment to be entered for this great prize!


ch-7888-copy Cynthia Herron writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

A hopeless romantic at heart, Cynthia enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. She has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.

Cynthia is a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014.

In addition to writing, Cynthia delights in serving the Lord and spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple.  🙂

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