Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Meet Christian Children's Author Cynthia P. Willow

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes Christian Author Cynthia P. Willow. Cynthia writes a variety of stories for all young readers.

First, a bit about Cynthia:

Cynthia loves to spin stories in the shade of the willow tree...when she's not home schooling her teenagers or reading to her toddler. She's also a student in her 5th year with Liberty University. She loves Jesus and has many stories to share about faith. She resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

Did you pick to write books for children, middle graders, or young adults?

I actually write for all ages. I have one rhyming picture book already published and will have another one out this year. 

What types of books do you like to read?

I like to read all types of books, but fantasy is my favorite. I guess I never left middle school because that’s the section I go to in the library.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I write in my spare time. It’s my hobby of choice. The rest of the time, I’m parenting, teaching, and doing school work.

Tell us about Letsi and the Labyrinth and how the story came to be.

I began this story years ago as a request from my daughter who was about 11 years old then. She came up with the name and said she wanted it to include a labyrinth. So I began the story and added to it little by little until it was finished.

Here's a peek at Letsi and the Labyrinth:

Fourteen-year-old Letsi wants to know why the labyrinth is forbidden. Tragedy forces her to move in with her wealthy aunt where the labyrinth consumes her thoughts and gives her hope for a new adventure.

Her late uncle created the maze, but only one person alive knows the treasure it holds. Letsi's aunt has warned her to stay away from it, but she is much too curious.

Once she discovers her uncle’s blueprints, she begins a quest to unlock the secrets within the labyrinth. But someone else wants the treasure and will stop at nothing to find it.

Can Letsi solve the puzzle and discover what her uncle meant to stay hidden, or has she put herself in more danger than she can handle?

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

Letsi and the Labyrinth
is my ninth completed book. I have a middle grade Christian fantasy series called The Kingsley Adventures and an elementary to middle grade fantasy series called The Karini and Lamek Chronicles. Book 1 of that series is permanently free on all platforms. My series The Hell Tales is clean, but probably more enjoyed by YA and adult audiences. It’s Christian fiction / romance.  I also co-wrote a Christian paranormal book called Cat Tales and Whiskers with my dyslexic daughter. It’s been called a Christian version of the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. All of my books are featured with full blurbs, trailers, and photos on my website.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

Yes! I’m currently writing an inspirational Christian story called Saving Private Benjamin. This one will require tissues.

What advice do you have for other authors?

Just get the first book written. Then write more books. Make sure you have a proficient editor and proofreader. Write what you would read. Make it fun. Don’t overthink it!

Anything else you want readers to know?

Some of my books are also available on audio, so be sure to check those options out while on my Amazon page. 

Where can readers find you and your books?

The best place to find my books is my website.
You can also find them all on my Amazon author page.


  1. Thanks for the introduction - I like the sound of Letsi and the Labyrinth.

  2. Thank you so much for the interview! God bless!

  3. The book sound intriguing :) Kind of a Secret Garden meets Nancy Drew.

  4. Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview! The book sounds intriguing.

  5. Thanks Marjorie, Erika, and Joyce for stopping by and saying hi to Cynthia! Be sure to check out the Authors' Advice on my post: http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com/2015/03/authors-advice-and-kid-lit-blog-hop-56.html

  6. Thank you all for your interest and comments! God bless you all!

  7. I loved hearing about your faith and your journey, boy you have been a busy lady, how do you homeschool and write. I can't get my head around it with a 3.5 year old, I would go insane. Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    1. I write in my spare time, which is mainly the summer when school is out. :)

  8. Another great interview, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wonderful interview, Cheryl. I've been enjoying a lot of YA books lately so I'm going to check out The Hell Tales. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks for introducing us to another great author Cheryl. Popping in from the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  11. Thank you everyone for your kind comments! God bless!