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New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune-tellers, musicians and spinners of tales. She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.

Her Heir Chronicles series (magic comes to contemporary Ohio) comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir . The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir.

Chima's Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King in 2009; IThe Exiled Queen in 2010. The Gray Wolf Throne in 2011, and The Crimson Crown (2012.).

Her Shattered Realms quartet launched with Flamecaster in April 2016 with Shadowcaster scheduled for April, 2017.

Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron. Chima
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“Weird is good, strange is bad.”
Cinda Williams Chima

“So here's the truth - I love you. I love everything about you – the way you stick up for people even when it costs you. The way you keep trying to do the right thing even when you're not exactly sure what the right thing is. I love how you put words together. You're as skilled with words as any knife fighter with a blade. You can put an enemy down on his back, or you can raise people up so they find what's best in themselves. You've changed my life. You've given me the words I need to become whatever I want.
I love how you talk to lytlings. You don't talk down to them. You respect them, and anybody can tell you're actually interested in what they have to say.
I love the way you ride a horse – how you stick there like an upland thistle, whooping like a Demonai. I love the way you throw back your head and stomp your feet when you dance. I love how you go after what you want – whether it's kisses or a queendom.
I love your skin, like copper dusted over with gold. And your eyes – they're the color of a forest lake shaded by evergreens. One of the secret places that only the Demonai know about.
I love the scent of you – when you've been out in the fresh air, and that perfume you put behind your ears sometimes.
Believe it or not, I even love your road smell – of sweat and horses and leather and wool.
I want to breathe you in for the rest of my life.”
Cinda Williams Chima, The Crimson Crown

“He's not lazy. He's just highly inefficient.”
Cinda Williams Chima, The Warrior Heir

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Daniel
Cinda, I've added Dragon Heir and your other books to my to-read list.


Bradley Hello Cinda, I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Mariela I just read The Warrior Heir again and fell in love with it again. Your story has a this embrace effect, and it takes you in. Just wan't to let you know you are really a great writer!


message 4: by Cinda

Cinda Mariela wrote: "I just read The Warrior Heir again and fell in love with it again. Your story has a this embrace effect, and it takes you in. Just wan't to let you know you are really a great writer!"

Thanks, Mariela. Hope you'll check out the rest of the series, and my new trilogy as well. Info at www.cindachima.com

Best, Cinda Williams Chima


message 5: by Caitlan (last edited Mar 26, 2009 09:08AM)

Caitlan thank you for the comment on my profile. you too!!


message 6: by Ralph

Ralph Hey! I loved your book The Warrior Heir so much, I posted a review of it on Associated Content. http://www.associatedcontent.com/arti... I hope you like it.


message 7: by Janny

Janny Hi Cinda - I'll certainly check out your site - have we met before? For some reason, your face looks very familiar.


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Cinda and thanks so much for adding me to your list of friends. I hope you have an awesome wkend!
Blessings,
Jeannie


Victoria I am a big fan, of course...the Trinity heroes have become great friends to me, as the best of book characters do. :) Thank you for adding me as a friend.

And thanks for the complement on my quotes!


Ellen Sara I just read and loved the Demon King. I was lucky enough to get an ARC. It was wonderful! Thanks for writing it. :)


message 11: by Hannah

Hannah Weee, thanks for adding me as a friend!!!


message 12: by Haley

Haley Hey Cinda! Thanks so much for adding me, and sending me a message, that was totally awesome! I love your Heir series, and can't wait to read the Seven Realms series, as soon as I get the money to buy it! :) Keep up the writing!


message 13: by Haley

Haley So excited that you're going to be at the Lorain library! I'm so totally going to be there! Can't wait!


message 14: by Cinda

Cinda Haley wrote: "So excited that you're going to be at the Lorain library! I'm so totally going to be there! Can't wait!"

Excited to meet everyone in Lakewood!!


message 15: by Sana

Sana Noor Hey! I'm so excited because i just bought Dragon Heir and i'm extremely eager to find out what happens!!


message 16: by Kelsiee

Kelsiee yeah,
i noticed that,
i just checked out the ones you read,
that's pretty cool ! :)


Maggie • Library of Colors That's awesome! I'm about to be a sophomore; do you know what year she is? By the way, thanks for the add!


message 18: by Kelly

Kelly Hi! Thank you for accepting my friendship. I love your books. I am always curious what first goes through an authors' mind to begin writing a certain book. I'm eager to finally get into the last book in the Heir series.

-Kelly


message 19: by Cinda

Cinda Pure, unadulterated panic! That's what goes through an author's mind when begins a novel and she's lucky enough to be under contract. It's like signing up for a 500-page term paper. And because I work without an outline, it's like working without a net. And yet...and yet I'm working on my seventh book now. You just have to work through the panic.


message 20: by Kelly

Kelly I can imagine the amount of stress that’s put on your shoulders per book! However, doesn’t it pay off when you see the readers whom are very strongly into your books, as well as the hunk of pay you receive via it?

I have a strong lust for reading, as well as writing. I write my own songs, as well as play them live, & used to write short stories, but they were more-or-less the type of things that are lacking the fundamental to have a better overall story. I tend to just describe one specific thing for pages & pages. For example, I can describe the water, the dock the character’s standing on; everything. Just not continue on with the story itself!

I’m just not sure how to go about it. I have character names, as well as the general plot. I’m just always confused as to how to ‘start’ a book. I suppose that’s my weakness?

-Kelly


message 21: by Cinda

Cinda Check out my blog post on this topic!
http://cindachima.blogspot.com/2010/0...


message 22: by Kelly

Kelly Cinda Chima,

Thanks! That really did help me a ton! There have been times when I've questioned myself on many of the things you wrote.

I'm going to try, yet again, to write a story\book. I'm very good at writing songs...I've never fully finished a story or book well enough to show to anyone, however, as I've always felt sort of shy towards them.

Thank you, yet again
- Kelly


message 23: by Daria (last edited Jul 28, 2010 02:19PM)

Daria Are you by any chance coming near the Houston area on your next tour? I loved the Heir chronicles, by the way.

Thank you,
Arya


message 24: by Cinda

Cinda Glad you enjoyed the Heir Chronicles. Re Houston visit--Possibly! I put Texas on the list, but am waiting to hear from my publisher the finals. I also will be in Houston in May 2011 for some school visits.

CWC


Sab H.  (YA Bliss) OMG! Yay for coming to Houston! I was the first in the tour for Exiled Queen and I just finished it. I have to say WOW! I absolutely adored it! I'm such a fan of that series (I haven't read Heir Chronicles yet though) I need book three NOW!! :)

Love your writing and originality and your excellently plotted story. I'm stunned and breathless. I want to read it over and over again!

Best,
Sab


message 26: by Cinda

Cinda Thank you, thank you thank you--good to hear this early feedback on EQ! Cinda


message 27: by Richard

Richard Thanks for the add. I remember the day I first read "The Warrior Heir" I was volunteering at the library when it kind of just feel into my hand when organizing a shelf.


message 28: by Cinda

Cinda Richard, well, they are enchanted, you know. Don't try and resist. CWC


message 29: by Cinda

Cinda Richard wrote: "Thanks for the add. I remember the day I first read "The Warrior Heir" I was volunteering at the library when it kind of just feel into my hand when organizing a shelf."

My books are enchanted, you know. Don't try to resist. CWC


message 30: by Ralph

Ralph Thanks for advertising here on Goodreads! I'd much rather see more book reviews on here than some of the unrelated ads that normally come up. So thank you for supporting this awesome site! I'll definitely buy your book the next time I'm at a bookstore!


message 31: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Cinda...Thanks for accepting my friendship.


message 32: by Lizzie

Lizzie Thanks for accepting my request, and for the comment! :) I may be coming to your signing at the Stark County Library on Monday. I'm looking forward to it!


message 33: by Sophie

Sophie :)Thank you and your welcome! You're such a good author!


message 34: by Em

Em - of Everything Books thanks you for accepting my request. I love your books! Especially the Exiled Queen.


message 35: by Corey

Corey Elkins Hey! Love your books- they were part of the reason i have begun to write my own! Hope to see more from you soon! - Corey


message 36: by Cinda

Cinda Corey wrote: "Hey! Love your books- they were part of the reason i have begun to write my own! Hope to see more from you soon! - Corey"

Good luck with your writing. As for more from me, The Gray Wolf Throne comes out September 20. CWC


message 37: by Ward

Ward Thanks of the books! It meant a lot to me and Lisa to have you at our party. We can't wait to read them all :)


message 38: by Cinda

Cinda Ward wrote: "Thanks of the books! It meant a lot to me and Lisa to have you at our party. We can't wait to read them all :)"

Hi, Ward! Thank your Mom! She brought me the books nd asked me to sign! Good meeting Lisa and seeing you again. CWC


message 39: by Cinda

Cinda ~dragonrider~ wrote: "I cant wait for the next one!!! I am absolutely IN LOVE with HAn Allister. I love how you write and am very picky about my authors you're the top of the list by Chritopher Paolini and Homer. I love..."

TRUTH: I love Micah, too!


Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* Hi Cinda! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. :) I just recently finished the Heir Chronicles and I absolutely LOVED them! They are such great books! I can't wait to get started on the Seven Realms series! :)


message 41: by Sara

Sara I just finished the Gray Wolf Throne today... SO sad that I have to wait for the last book!! It will be bittersweet to see the series end, but you did such an amazing job with this book!! I absolutely love your ability to tell stories and draw the reader in! I just wanted to thank you for writing a series I can truly get excited about and read over and over! You are AMAZING!! Can't wait for the last book to come out!!!


message 42: by Jackie

Jackie Zhou Sara wrote: "I just finished the Gray Wolf Throne today... SO sad that I have to wait for the last book!! It will be bittersweet to see the series end, but you did such an amazing job with this book!! I absolut..."
me too i finish the 3 day after it come out


message 43: by Jackie

Jackie Zhou Cinda after you finsh the seven realm series will write another book that Han and Raisa in it. Like in The Heroes of the Olympus series


message 44: by Daniel

Daniel Can't wait for book four of the seven realms series (i think you can stretch the series into several more books but that's just my wishful thinking :D) Gray wolf throne was the best book i have read yet, kept me on my toes throughout the whole story and i could not stop reading, i will be depressed until next fall knowing i can't find out what happens next until then :/


message 45: by Cinda

Cinda Jackie wrote: "Cinda after you finsh the seven realm series will write another book that Han and Raisa in it. Like in The Heroes of the Olympus series"

It's possible I may write more books in the Seven Realms world..but first I have to finish the two Heir books promised.


message 46: by Jackie (last edited Sep 08, 2011 05:15PM)

Jackie Zhou Cinda wrote: "Jackie wrote: "Cinda after you finsh the seven realm series will write another book that Han and Raisa in it. Like in The Heroes of the Olympus series"

It's possible I may write more books in the ...but first I have to finish the two Heir books promised. "


Thank a lot Cinda! I can't wait for the The new Heir books! And i can't wait to what you will do after book 4 of the seven realm series that wold be awesome if you write more of it! I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOK!


message 47: by Jackie

Jackie Zhou Daniel wrote: "Can't wait for book four of the seven realms series (i think you can stretch the series into several more books but that's just my wishful thinking :D) Gray wolf throne was the best book i have rea..."

meh too


message 48: by Tia

Tia Just finished Gray Wolf Throne... I Loved it, and can't wait for book four.. this is an amazing series.. and I just gotta tell ya that I love Han and Raisa together, I'm so hoping at the series end we see those two end up together and happy...


message 49: by Stacy

Stacy Eaton Cinda - thank you for the friendship!


message 50: by Jen (last edited Sep 21, 2011 02:21PM)

Jen Hey Cinda,
Thank you for accepting my friend request. I am dying to read your books. I hear such amazing things about them. :)


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