When you were growing up did you have parents that encouraged you to “reach for the stars”? Perhaps your mom told you: “You can be anything that you want to be.” This was not necessarily the case for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong I had great parents—they were just extremely realistic. Their advice consisted of: “Do well in school, get a job, get married, have children, and the rest will work itself out.” And if you break-down that advice, it was really quite solid—but it was never enough for yours truly.
When I was a young girl I dreamed of becoming a famous movie star. Okay, now there’s a dream that definitely falls in the “unrealistic” category, but a girl can dream, right? I am a firm believer that the Lord provides us exactly what we need. The good Lord provided me with a generous portion of talent in dance and I studied hard at many schools including, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and with The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy at Carnegie Mellon to name a few. I wasn’t able to go to New York or Hollywood to chase my dreams—my parents wouldn’t hear of it, so I got a job and got married. I also kept dancing, and in 1985 my husband encouraged me to open a dance school. Well, it wasn’t the original dream, but hey as I said the good Lord gives us what we need, and here was an opportunity to have a career in dance—hopefully a successful career.
My dance school was most successful. I began choreographing musicals on a local level and I choreographed an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards as well. I made my own schedule: four months off for summer, five days for Thanksgiving, and three weeks at Christmas. Not bad. My school was well known in the tri-state area and we faired quite well in competitions.
When 2005 rolled around I turned my focus to writing. Don’t ask me why, but I started writing telescripts. The Unbridled Series started out as a television drama and the Hollywood readers loved the show. I’d love to tell you that I was a huge success, but it just didn’t happen—we couldn’t sell the show to the producers. That’s right, the original dream for The Unbridled Series was for the television screen, and I’ve had reviewers mention that it would make a great TV show—yep, that’s what I thought, too. Anyway, when Warner Brothers turned the show down, one of the script readers suggested that I turn my scripts into a book series, and so I did. I had to adjust the dream
Am I disappointed? Discouraged? No way! Sometimes the dream that we are blessed with is not exactly the dream that we had in mind, but we have to be flexible enough to make the dream work—reach for a different star.
So here I am: a movie star that became a dancer, er… a dance teacher, and a television writer that became an author—an author of two book series: Unbridled and First Force—again, not bad. Yep, the dreams have changed over time and that’s okay—I’m making it work, or maybe I’m working with it, but ya know what? I’m having a great time!
Cindy, Thanks so much for coming to visit Book Readers Heaven! Had you become that movie star, we would never have met you inside of your books, where your words share so much! Had you moved to Dancing with the Stars, once again, we'd see you on television, but never really have the chance to get to know you! I think we find out much more about authors through their books, even when they are fiction. Your love of horses is quite obvious, but, even more, your love for family comes shining through like the star characters you've created for your readers. No wonder your fan base is getting larger and larger!
May you have continued interest and inspiration in writing your books...Lots of readers will be waiting!