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Cinda Crabbe MacKinnon grew up in Latin America. She began telling stories to her little brother when they were children in Bogotá. Her experiences and love for the people, culture and natural setting resulted in her Award winning novel, A Place in the World. A writer, former university lecturer, and environmental scientist, she has an MS in geology and a longtime passion for botany. This background enabled her to weave details into her writing on tropical nature and geology, as well as Latin American culture. She has published an award winning short story as well as articles in journals on environmental topics.

AWARDS: 2014 Kindle Best Book Awards finalist in the Literary Fiction Category; Reader's Favorite Silver Award; San Francisco Writ
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Cinda Crabbe MacKinnon Some names just come up and seem to fit right-away, but more often than not I will change a character's name as the writing progresses. I avoid having…moreSome names just come up and seem to fit right-away, but more often than not I will change a character's name as the writing progresses. I avoid having different people with names that start with the same letters or sound (like Kathy and Karen); that can be confusing for the reader. Lately I've been struggling with an appropriate name for a young protagonist who seems flighty/cute at first, but shows maturity by the end of the novel. Maybe I'll give her a nickname and have her abandon it later. (Feel free to make suggestions!)(less)
Cinda Crabbe MacKinnon I go for a walk by myself and think about the story. Being out in nature usually restarts "flow." The next trick to is sit down and type out what is…moreI go for a walk by myself and think about the story. Being out in nature usually restarts "flow." The next trick to is sit down and type out what is in my head - either time or apathy try to take over and I tell myself "just do it." Once I get started time flies.(less)
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I love to shoot close-ups of flowers – to look right into their centers a la     Georgia O Keefe.


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A Cymbidium – one of the easier orchids to grow.


 


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