Cynthia Valero

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Location United States
Introduction When I was 24, I knew I wanted to write, but I did not know what thoughts were worth capturing or even how to capture them and get them from my head to my hand to the page. It was a nebulous, intimidating notion, to think I could touch creativity and bring it back in some coherent form, yet I knew in my heart that I wanted to do just that. I wanted to touch magic. My first lesson was to not judge thoughts before they made it to the page, or even when they were fresh on the page. So I had to learn to get my head out of the way and trust my instincts, let myself soar so I could touch the sun and stars and conduct that energy through lead and ink and key. The first book to show me how to do this was Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. It showed me a simple, direct way to explore the universe in ten minutes and return with exciting and unexpected specimens. Even if I never converted these freewrites into larger stories, I still touched something I had not known existed. This was and still is liberating, exhilirating, and life changing.
Favorite Books The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor, Texasville by Larry McMurtry, Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman, Honeymoon by Susan Elizabeth Philips, Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis, Tinker by Wen Spencer, The Moon Maid by R. Garcia Robertson, Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Currently reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.