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Cynthia Hamilton

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Wichita, KS; transplanted to California, The United States
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I started my writing adventure in 2000, when a collection of bizarre symptoms forced me to find a creative outlet I could pursue from bed. Since then, I've written several novels and two memoirs. I love creating characters and setting them down in situations to see how they react. My latest effort—The Patience of Karma—is the fifth book in the Madeline Dawkins Mystery Series, a concept that came to me out of the blue one day, and has been a gift that keeps giving. I'm proud of the way Madeline has gone from being the victim to being the champion of others.

I didn't start reading for pleasure until I was nineteen. But once I discovered the joy of stepping inside someone else's imagination, I was forever hooked. Because of the magic I experien
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Cynthia Hamilton Connecting with readers has been the most gratifying aspect of being a writer. The feedback I receive from people who've read my books just lights me …moreConnecting with readers has been the most gratifying aspect of being a writer. The feedback I receive from people who've read my books just lights me up inside! As I wrote to one reader who contacted me through my website, writing is a solitary pursuit, performed in a vacuum. Only when I read reviews or emails from readers do I experience the reward for countless hours of work.(less)
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I laughed when I read your question. I must confess there were moments while working on Finding Ruth when I worried about what others would …more
Hi Maggie!

I laughed when I read your question. I must confess there were moments while working on Finding Ruth when I worried about what others would think. I can tell you I would've never have written it if my mother hadn't developed Alzheimer's. Never in a million years. I think there are a few episodes in the book my brother would take issue with. But because he is now the one responsible for overseeing our mom's care, he can't bring himself to read it yet. He's just too close to the subject matter. So I've dogged another bullet, at least for the time being!

I have to admit I pulled a few punches while writing this book. I never meant for this to be a tell-all affair. What I was trying to do was put together my mom's life so I could better understand what she'd been through, and what made her behave the way she did. In the process, I had to face a lot of painful situations that my mind had glossed over or shut out altogether.

And really, this book was about healing - about finding a way to forgive, forget and to heal. It was important for me to understand who my mom was, what had altered her personality, and more importantly, who she was before all the heartaches and disappointments. There's also an important message that I wanted to share, and that is to ask questions of your loved ones while you have the chance.

And to answer your question, once I started on the project and got caught up in what I was discovering about my mom, I silenced the nagging, worrywart voice in my head. Piecing together her life accurately was the only thing that mattered. I may have to deal with some backlash at some point, but I know that I covered the story fairly. And in the end, it's a tribute to her strength of character and is a story about being able to love each other once everything else is stripped away.

So now I have a question for you: are you about to embark on a similar journey of your own?? If so, I wish you luck. You will probably encounter a good deal of surprises which may change your opinions. If I can be of any assistance - resources, methods, etc. - please feel free to ask!

Thank you so much for your question. It was nice to connect with you!

Warm regards,
Cynthia
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The Magic of Writing

I’ll be the first one to admit I have little to do with the stories I write. By that I mean another side of me emerges when I sit down at the computer, a side I never even knew existed until I was searching for something I could do from bed, if that’s where my mystery illness was heading.

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message 24: by Cynthia

Cynthia Hamilton Ah, yes you are! And I will always remember you for that!


message 23: by Jason

Jason Wooo, I'm your 1000th friend. :-)


message 22: by Cynthia

Cynthia Hamilton Candace wrote: "Cynthia,
Thanks for the friend invite. Looking forward to chatting up books with you. See you around Goodreads.
Happy Reading & Successful Writing,
Candace"


Thank you, Candace! It's nice to connect with you. : )


message 21: by Candace

Candace Cynthia,
Thanks for the friend invite. Looking forward to chatting up books with you. See you around Goodreads.
Happy Reading & Successful Writing,
Candace


message 20: by Cynthia

Cynthia Hamilton Rob wrote: "Greetings from Canada :)
💖 Thank You for your Friendship 💖 💕

Lovely! It's nice to connect with you, Rob! The cat photo got me ~ the roses are an bonus treat!
I look forward to seeing what you're reading.

Warm regards,
Cytnhia






















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“Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”
― Richard B. Sheridan
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Rob Greetings from Canada :)
💖 Thank You for your Friendship 💖 💕

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“Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”
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Rob ☮💕


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My Boys :) Max and Odie!!

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message 17: by Cynthia

Cynthia Hamilton Majenta wrote: "Hello, Cynthia! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you're well and will have a great new week ahead. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Congratulations on your books! Blessings to you.
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Majenta wrote: "Hello, Cynthia! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you're well and will have a great new week ahead. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Congratulations on your books! Blessings to you.
B..."


Majenta wrote: "Hello, Cynthia! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you're well and will have a great new week ahead. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Congratulations on your books! Blessings to you.
B..."

Thank you, Majenta ~ it's nice to connect with you! Enjoy your Sunday!


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Majenta Hello, Cynthia! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you're well and will have a great new week ahead. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Congratulations on your books! Blessings to you.
Best wishes from Majenta


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Cynthia Hamilton Lucinda wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! :)"

It's nice to connect with you, Lucinda! Looking forward to seeing what you're reading!


Glitterbomb Thanks for the friend request! :)


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Melanie Rose Cynthia wrote: "Sophia wrote: "Thanks for friending me, Cynthia!

See you around GR! :)"

My pleasure, Sophia! So nice to connect with you!"



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Cynthia Hamilton Delphine wrote: "Hi Cynthia! Thank you so much for connecting with me here. I look forward to having bookish discussions with you and thank you for the excellent recommendations! :)"

Hi Delphine!

It's really nice to connect with you, too. With every new friend that I make here on Goodreads, I realize how vast the book world is - it's really more like a galaxy! It's wonderful to encounter like-minded readers - it really helps to narrow down the reading choice to a few thousand instead of a few million! :-)

Looking forward to seeing what you're reading!

Best regards,
Cynthia


message 11: by Fidan

Fidan Lurin Hi Cynthia! Thank you so much for connecting with me here. I look forward to having bookish discussions with you and thank you for the excellent recommendations! :)


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Cynthia Hamilton Sophia wrote: "Thanks for friending me, Cynthia!

See you around GR! :)"


My pleasure, Sophia! So nice to connect with you!


Sophia Thanks for friending me, Cynthia!

See you around GR! :)


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Melki Nice to meet you, Cynthia.

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Missy J Thank you for the friend-vite and kind message, Cynthia. Look forward to sharing book discussions and reviews with you.


Cynthia Hamilton Merry Christmas, Stacy! Wishing you all the best in 2017! Happy reading! And thank you for your friendship!

Warmest regards,

Cynthia


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Stacy Merry Christmas Cynthia!!!!


Cynthia Hamilton That's so sweet. Thank you, C! In the end, it's what we keep in our hearts that counts.


message 3: by C. (last edited Dec 22, 2016 02:35PM)

C. Any age is hard but elderly or longer years allow us to justify physical separation and so does preparedness, as in a slow ailment. Lovey was happy, strong, energetic, and playful like his other three siblings (plus Mom and two elder kitties: all here). I slowly got over the trauma of him appearing unwell the first time in his life; just reading a book with them him in bed. Without knowing it was heart failure or anything serious, he died in 9 hours. Was healthy every day of his life. We were told you can be born with a heart defect and be normal until you go. We *do* have thousands of memories in 4 years! We pay attention to our babies, they are the centre of our lives. Everywhere around home, every time we speak: "Love enjoyed this, Lovey loved that".

I am grateful we truly did pack in a lifetime of memories for him and I'm glad for your 18 years with your ornery sweetheart. Flowers surround his resting place all the time. Even in winter we manage something! Most importantly, his biological family and two elders keep our hearts and faces smiling. So do people like you.


Cynthia Hamilton C. wrote: "Cynthia, please have my condolences for Henricat. As much as we know life is a continuing advancement, the physical separation is the hardest; especially when our cats are equals. I am touched my p..."

So sorry to hear about Love. What a wonderful name for a pet. That must've been so heartbreaking to have lost him at such a young age. Our last critter was pretty ornery, hence the name! But he also had a super sweet side and he was hilarious. I think having thousands of memories of him has kept me from being super brokenhearted. It's like he's still alive in my heart and head. I'm sure you probably feel the same about your Love.
Warmest regards,
Fellow cat lover


message 1: by C.

C. Cynthia, please have my condolences for Henricat. As much as we know life is a continuing advancement, the physical separation is the hardest; especially when our cats are equals. I am touched my photo with Love drew you to me. If you read the blurb, you know he passed away at only 4 and we wish he had lived to 18! You give me a smile today to indeed connect with the kind of people we need. :) From Manitoba with the rest of Love's family, Carolyn.


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