Cynthia Ogren

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Cynthia Ogren is a lifelong reader, writer, and self-described word nerd. Originally from Illinois, she has lived all over the United States and has traveled extensively. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in psychology and English literature.

Her hobbies include: maniacal reading, Facebooking, creating wild fantasies in her head while on the treadmill, weight-lifting, travel, getting lost in films and pop culture, and the quiet subversion of the system. She also enjoys intriguing conversation, art, dogs, meditation, bohemianism, ghosts, and popcorn.

She’s not above exceeding the speed limit or wild flirtations—and would not necessarily refuse offers that involve exotic travel and dirty martinis.

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Cynthia Ogren Great question, Dawn! The term "writing cave" is really apropos—especially for me because I have to sequester myself. I think every author is…moreGreat question, Dawn! The term "writing cave" is really apropos—especially for me because I have to sequester myself. I think every author is different, but there is a contingent of us who must spend time alone to do our best writing.

When I moved to Texas four years ago, I bought a townhome on the edge of nowhere overlooking the city of San Antonio. The entire home—Wit's End—became my writer's cave. I have an office where I store my research, office supplies and books, but I often write on my dining room table or on a portable desk that's in my bedroom. I like to keep my computer close to me in case I get a sudden surge of inspiration.

However, I'm moving back to Kentucky in August, and Wit's End will follow me there. I'll take over a large space over the garage at my Kentucky house. I'll have a big desk, tables to lay out my research notes, bookshelves for all my books, and a comfy sitting area with a couch and chair so I can read or nap in between writing sessions. I'll post pics of it when I get it all set up. Thanks for the wonderful question, Dawn.(less)
Cynthia Ogren My best advice to aspiring writers is to READ, READ, READ! Read any genre that inspires you, not just the genre you plan to write. And don't forget to…moreMy best advice to aspiring writers is to READ, READ, READ! Read any genre that inspires you, not just the genre you plan to write. And don't forget to read the classics. There's a reason they've become classics. They're immensely instructive to blossoming writers. I agree with Stephen King and many of the iconic authors who caution that if you don't read regularly, you can't write well. Through reading great books, writers learn how to craft important story elements, such as setting, plot, and pacing. They get an intrinsic feel for how a story is supposed to arc and play out. But perhaps, the greatest gift reading bestows is that of helping the writer find his own unique voice. And that is a priceless gift, indeed!(less)
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“The writer and his reader are both complicit in the act of storytelling. The writer must first leave a part of his soul on the page,like a contagion, which the reader then catches.”
Cynthia Ogren, Beautiful Monsters

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
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Edward Holman Cynthia
We are also friends on Facebook - FYI. :)
I have to give this compliment as it is a part of my nature. You are one of the most beautiful women on the planet - honest with sincerity from my heart. Always have sweet dreams Princess. Your friend, Ed


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