Volume 1 Issue 23: Choices Continued


“Your book is brilliant. It’s a genre buster — it’s a memoir, but it’s also a historical documentary (especially focused on the Middle East), a guide to intercultural interaction, a guide to interpersonal relations and lifestyle (food and travel especially), a Hollywood-type script chock full of steamy encounters (including some exposes of pedophilia), a coming of age story both psychological and spiritual, and an investigation into the use of directed conscious thought (somewhat in the tradition of Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.)

You’ve written one of the best and most enlightening books I’ve ever read. I laughed so many times while reading your book…Best wishes for the readings and promotion in general. This book could be a very big success.” — Jesse Townsley

Thank you! I love my fans. This is fabulous feedback but it’s time for a confession. My initial assumption was men wouldn’t buy or read my memoir. Boy was I wrong as the above review confirms. Rarely have I been so happy to be so mistaken. Several of my male readers have bought multiple copies for their sons, family members and friends. Obviously there’s a lot left for me to learn about peoples’ choices in books!

This past weekend my crash course in buyers’ preferences intensified at the annual Rhode Island Book Expo. My husband Malcolm accompanied me and we had a rip-roaring time, chatting with attendees, while selling a couple hundred dollars worth of books at our display table #702, including his poetry book, my Gifts of Wisdom perpetual calendars (contact for details) and the brand new Westerly Writing Group Anthology as well at the Paris memoir.

Publishing News

Drum roll please… The taping of the promised audio version of the memoir, The Importance of Paris, is done! Whew. That was a marathon. The recordings are being mastered now and soon due out via Amazon. Hope to have that link in next newsletter. In the meantime you can listen to the prologue below:

Memoir Writing Workshop

Would You, Could You, Should You Write A Memoir? Come find out at our workshop, Sunday Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $160 includes all instructions and materials, unlimited coffee, tea & snacks, plus a light lunch and an autographed copy of The Importance of Paris memoir. Bring along a short sample of your writing to read aloud with the group. Contact me to reserve your place.

Testimonial: “I was honored to be part of Cynthia’s writing workshop, which was surrounded by nature, beautiful people and great food. I learned so much about memoirs and how to begin the process. Cynthia’s intense passion, love of stories, raw honesty, encouragement of women writers, incredible knowledge and background is truly inspiring. I am ready!!” — Maria S.

Our Get It Done group holds its first meeting on the evening of Dec. 18th. Contact me for details. If your New Year Resolutions include getting your book done, join us. We’ll hold each other accountable, exchange feedback and have fun!


Our last Purification (sweat lodge) ceremony for 2019 will be held on Saturday December 21st at 10 a.m. in observance of the Winter Solstice. Contact me for details. Our first Lodge for 2020 will be on New Year’s Day.