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Cynthia Kumanchik

Cynthia Kumanchik
  • Genre:

    Women's Fiction Science Fiction Teen & Young Adult
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 4
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: 12/12
  • Member Since: Apr 2018
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  • Followers: 120
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BIOGRAPHY

Cynthia Kumanchik is a public relations and marketing professional based out of Pasadena, California. After spending time in the healthcare, entertainment, and computer industries, she began writing young adult and women’s novels.

Kumanchik received her degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a member of the SCBWI and Pasadena Area Writers Society. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her at www.cynthiakumanchik.com or @Ckumanchik.

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iDENTITY
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iDENTITYby Cynthia KumanchikThriller Women's Fiction Science Fiction
Lake Girl
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Lake Girlby Cynthia KumanchikSupernatural Suspense Teen & Young Adult
The Estrogen Chronicles: Circle of Friends
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The Estrogen Chronicles: Circle of Friendsby Cynthia KumanchikPublish: Nov 26, 2013Women's Fiction
Automaton Nation
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Automaton Nationby Cynthia KumanchikPublish: Jun 04, 2020Romantic Suspense Science Fiction Teen & Young Adult

Cynthia Kumanchik Interview On 23, Oct 2020

"Author of Young Adult and Women's Fiction, Cynthia Kumanchik grew up in the Midwest. She wrote her first YA novel when her daughter entered high school. She is a believer in spirits and the paranormal. Her stories are well written with an easy flow and suspenseful story. She is also a member of the SCBWI and Pasadena Area Writers Society."
What are some of your favorite childhood memories?

I grew up in the Midwest where life is simpler, and people are honest and down-to-earth. I have fond memories of riding the Blue Streak roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Out of all the day jobs that you have had, which one gave you the best time of your life?

I loved working at Cable One as a Marketing Manager, promoting all the movies, events and working with the cable networks. The job allowed me to attend Cable Industry trade shows and gain freebies from the networks, such as guitars, concert tickets, T-shirts and toys.

What made you decide to finally begin writing young adult and women’s novels?

I wrote my first YA novel when my daughter entered high school, deriving the characters and plot from some of the experiences and adventures she had. My characters and plot in The Estrogen Chronicles came from my working experiences in a hospital. I developed strong bonds with the women I worked in a stressful ER environment.

Why did you decide to do journalism?

I liked to write so I pursued a degree in journalism, focusing on advertising and public relations.

What is SCBWI and Pasadena Area Writers Society all about? How did you get in there?

The Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is an organization that encourages writers and artists of picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels, providing seminars, workshops, contests, and promotional opportunities. Henry Winkler in fact is a member. I attended my first Writers Conference in LA a few years ago and was hooked after seeing Judy Blume speak.

The Pasadena Area Writers Society (PAWS) is a local writers’ group that meets monthly and I was invited by a friend who introduced me to writers like myself.

What inspired you to write the book Automaton Nation? What is this book about?

I wanted to write about a world where compassion, empathy and forgiveness overcomes fear and inequality. The story transcends time and place where the characters must beat insurmountable odds.

Automaton Nation is a coming-of-age novel that narrates a forbidden love set in a dystopian society. It allows readers to relate and reflect on some of today’s evolving societal values such as equality, freedom and diversity from two distinct points of view, human and robot.

The book, Lake Girl is set in the small town of Lakeview Shores. Why did you choose this location?

A believer in spirits and the paranormal, I wondered what it would be like to have the main character as a ghost. It wasn’t hard to imagine Lakeview Shores because we lived in a similar small town, sometimes driving our boat to the local lake hangout where our daughter worked as a waitress. The characters are based loosely on people who frequented the restaurant and lived in that lake town of two thousand residents.

How important is reading for an author? What kinds of books do you like to read?

Reading is extremely important to learn about new writer techniques, different perspectives on writing, and understand different genres. I like sci-fi, women’s fiction, and psychological thrillers, but I’m trying to branch out to read memoirs, such as Becoming and Modern Madness, and those focusing on contemporary issues, like American Dirt. I have my favorite authors such as John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, and Octavia Butler.

When are you most satisfied with a book or piece of writing? Do you often edit things OUT of your books?

I’ve learned over the years that editing is crucial to good writing. My last book was edited professionally by two Reedsy editors and I rewrote it three times to mold the story into a better book.

What book ideas are you currently working on?

I’m working on a Trilogy for Automaton Nation with two prequels, using many of the same characters. The next books will focus on specific characters and a build-up to Automaton Nation.

How has your experience at AllAuthor been?

I love how AllAuthor promotes writers and their novels with contests, marketing tools, and frequent Twitter promotion. I have promoted AllAuthor to my writer friends. I find AllAuthor an essential part of my marketing campaign.

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