"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Monday, November 26, 2018

Guest Post: Cindy R. Wilson, author of PAPER GIRL (YA)

I am so happy to be able to have Cindy R. Wilson, the author of PAPER GIRL due to release next month, here on my blog today! She is sharing how she got started as a writer - very sweet story... 

by Cindy R. Wilson
Release date: December 4th, 2018
Published by: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, eBook


I haven't left my house in over a year. My doctor says it's social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson's life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he's got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear. 

GUEST POST by Cindy R. Wilson


I get asked a lot about the first book I wrote. When did I write it? Why did I write it? And so on. I often tell people I wrote my first book on a dare. I was a kid when I decided I really, really liked storytelling. My younger brother and sister used to ask me to tell them stories all the time and I would. I'd come up with stories on the spot, often telling my siblings one "chapter" a night until the story was done. To this day, my brother and sister still remember some of those stories I used to tell them. The day before my thirteenth birthday, I was bored. I wanted my older sister to hang out with me but she didn't want to. And after bothering her repeatedly, she said, "Why don't you just write a book?" You know, basically the most time-consuming thing she could think of to get me out of her hair. But I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I did it. I started writing a book. And I stuck with it until I'd hand-written nearly 300 pages. I finished that book when I was fifteen. Then I figured if I could do it once, I could do it again. So I did. Two more books before I turned twenty, and two more reasons why I knew I wanted to be a writer. There's nothing better than bringing new characters to life and falling in love with them. Nothing more enjoyable than escaping to a new world you've created. And nothing more rewarding than finishing those last words on a book and letting the world see what you've done. So technically, I wrote a book on a dare, but really it was just a perfectly timed push for me to follow my dreams. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Cindy R. Wilson

Cindy R. Wilson is a YA speculative and contemporary author whose own struggles with anxiety disorder inspired her to write a story with a real-life topic readers can relate to.

She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as settings for her stories. 

She's the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels.

When she's not writing, you can find her hiking some of Colorado's tallest peaks, reading, or listening to playlists she's created for her next story idea.

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