Cindy Keen Reynders, Author

Our interviewee Cindy Keen Reynders

It is our distinct pleasure to welcome author Cindy Keen Reynders to the Hangout. As well as writing novels Cindy has written non-fiction for magazines like “True West” and “Wild West.” She talks to the Hangout about her life , her writing, and her new novel, “The Seven-Year Witch.” The book tells the story of novice witch Miranda Rose, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter.

Cindy, thank you for dropping by the New Writers Hangout. Tell us all about yourself and what you do when you aren’t writing!

When I was around 10, I’d sit on my parents’ front porch and read stories from the newspaper, pretending to be a TV newscaster. That was my first major life goal. In fourth-grade, my class read a history book about Wyoming by a local author and I loved it so much, I decided to be a writer. I’ve attended so many colleges around the country I have enough credits for a bachelor’s degree, but I’ve never received a diploma! I’ve got five children and eight grandchildren, and I feel so blessed to have a my family. When I’m not writing, I love reading, crocheting, crafting and walking. When the weather’s good, I love going to garage sales with my sister and brother-in-law. It’s cool to run into people I know or work with and meeting new people.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

There is so much of me and my experiences in every book. I’ve travelled extensively so I can include information about people and places from locales like the Caribbean, Hawaii, New Zealand, the Philippines, Canada and numerous U.S. states. My sister is my best brainstorming partner and together we can really cook up some great plot ideas that often include stories from the past. A character based on one of my brothers is in my first book. But that is Top Secret information. You can’t tell him!

Tell us about where you live!

I live in the cutest western city, Cheyenne, Wyoming, home of Cheyenne Frontier Days. It’s the perfect size, not quite 60,000. Cheyenne residents are generous, and they support charitable giving of all kinds. We have a nice mall, great restaurants, several museums parks and lakes. Cheyenne Botanic Gardens recently added a huge new addition. I could sit in the conservatory for hours admiring the flowers and listening to the water features.

If you could travel anywhere in or out of this world, where would it be?

I’m fascinated with the American West and how settlers would pull up stakes and leave home for places they’d only heard about. Sometimes they never saw their family again. I’d love to be member of the first space crew to colonize Mars. It would be exciting to help build a whole new world.

Where did you come up with the idea for your story?

“The Seven-Year Witch” plot came to me in a dream. I know, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. In my slumbering state, I envisioned all these beautiful young ladies wearing bright, flowing gowns. My mind was probably thinking about all the strong women I’ve known like my mother, my three sisters, my daughters, my granddaughters, my daughters-in-law, my sisters-in-law, my nieces and many others. All have achieved incredible goals. When I woke up, I felt compelled to a story with seven beautiful, nature spirit worshipping witch sisters who are tasked with watching over humans and protecting them.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve completed another witch sister book titled, “A Witch at Midnight.” The next book “in the series is, “Witch Tease,” which I’m almost finished writing. It will need a couple of final polishing drafts, though. I have a mystery set in the Caribbean and a contemporary romance set in Wyoming that I’m currently marketing. Plot ideas are swirling!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve completed another witch sister book titled, “A Witch at Midnight.” The next book “in the series is, “Witch Tease,” which I’m almost finished writing. It will need a couple of final polishing drafts, though. I have a mystery set in the Caribbean and a contemporary romance set in Wyoming that I’m currently marketing. Plot ideas are swirling!

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About the “The Seven-Year Witch,” from Solstice Publishing :

The Seven-Year Witch

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P7HT6YD

Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1625268777

Novice witch Miranda Rose’s seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council is to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Once that is achieved, she’ll accomplish her lifelong dream—to become a High Witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan. In a last-ditch effort to locate the precious gem, she travels through time to 1877.

Hidden within a dilapidated castle tower, Balthazar, a powerful young wizard, refuses to relinquish the stone. In a fit of pique, he zaps Miranda into a field just outside of Merry Olde London.

Sir Maxwell Chadwick is the sole witness to a fiery ball of light streaking across the midnight sky. Curious, he investigates and is surprised to discover a beautiful young woman among the smoldering ashes. Captivated by her alluring beauty, he cannot deny his instant attraction.

As for Miranda, she appreciates the handsome duke’s assistance. However, she finds his well-intentioned interference annoying because it delays her mission. It doesn’t take her long to realize Sir Maxwell holds the key to her heart, as well as her future.

A combination of fate, impractical magic and the Seven-Year Witch disease take the lovers on a rollicking, star-crossed adventure.


Connect with author Cindy Keen Reynders

www.cindykeenreynders.com (website)

https://wyomingfreelancemuse.blogspot.com/  (blog)

www.facebook.com/cindy.k.reynders (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/littlewing1959 (Twitter)

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