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Cindy Woodsmall is a veteran homeschool mom. As her children progressed in age and there were a few moments within a day for a dream or two to form, a desire to share the beauty of God’s greatness through fiction began to call to her. After working through reservations that this aspiration may not be from God, she began to wake in the wee hours of the morning, stay up late at night, and write during spare moments throughout each day. Her husband was her staunchest supporter. He helped her juggle meals, childcare, and even some school lessons while she took writing courses, attended seminars, and strove to apply the advice given by a very interested acquisitions editor. Thus her three-book contemporary Amish series, Sisters of the Quilt, was born. Cindy’s debut novel, When the Heart Cries, comes out in the fall of 2006. Its sequel will follow one year later, and the conclusion will be on the shelves in fall of 2008.
Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Beachy Amish Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the black prayer kapp and caped dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the regulations were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, even a conversation about a television show or commercial could be enough cause for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults' disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy's family moved to another region of the U.S.
As an adult, while visiting her sister in Amish country in Pennsylvania, Cindy was once again drawn to the "plain folk." She was blessed to become friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who freely opened their home for visits from Cindy. Although the two forty-something women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children.
Cindy, her husband, and their three sons reside in Georgia. Her husband is a registered land surveyor and a vice president at an engineering firm. Their oldest son is finishing his bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine. Their second son is a university student majoring in chemistry. Their preteen keeps the household energized with his love of music, books, writing, and sports.
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