As Coordinator of Women's Ministries in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, Cynthia plans, arranges, and directs retreats along with encouraging greater communication across the wide miles of the diocese.
You can learn a bit about Cynthia Davis, in this simulated interview with an "Interested Reader".
Interested Reader (IR): Cynthia, what first inspired you to write?
Cynthia Davis (CD): I was read to before I could walk. My bedtime ritual was to curl up in my father’s lap for a bedtime story. Later I started adding to the stories with my own sequel chapters.
IR: When did you start writing?
CD: I’ve been writing a variety of things all my life. I always enjoyed creative writing assignments in school. As a young mother, I started writing puppet plays and Sunday school curriculum. When my daughters were in school, they were involved in Girl Scouts and I was the PTA president for a few years and I wrote newsletters to keep parents informed.
IR: How many children do you have?
CD: My husband and I are blessed to have 3 lovely daughters and 8 lively grandchildren.
IR: What was your first book?
CD: It is I, Joseph was the first novel I wrote. In 2000, I was studying Joseph’s story in Genesis and it struck a chord. I felt that I knew the ‘rest of the story’ and started writing.
IR: Has publication been difficult for you?
CD: I think I’ve been lucky and I see the hand of God in every step of my published writer journey. From having my first books published with the local publisher, to Crossings picking up my books and signing me to a 3 book contract, to my forays into independent publishing God has given me friends to help in the process.
IR: Are you writing now?
CD: Yes, I am writing. If I am not writing, I feel empty. That doesn’t mean that everything I write gets published. (laughs) There’s the weekly blog if you want to catch up on some of my current meditations. Who knows, some of those may become books.
IR: You are also a speaker, right?
CD: Well, speaking to groups used to terrify me, but God has led me to become more comfortable with telling my story and the story of my books since I’ve become a ‘published author’. I speak about my books. I also plan and lead retreats based on my books, and on other topics in my 'hat' of Coordinator of Women's Ministries in the Diocese of the Rio Grande.
IR: What are some of the topics?
CD: Ultimately it is all about the Story, with a capital ‘S’. It’s about where God’s Story intersects ours. That happens to the men and women of the Bible and to each of us. In my books and in my talks, I try to help people understand that Miriam and Joseph and Leah and Mary were just men and women like you and me, with loves, hates, and day-to-day difficulties and joys. Relating to the ancient Love Story of the Bible helps us to live our lives more fully in relationship with our Loving God.
IR: Tell about some of your other interests.
CD: I am on the staff of the Cathedral of St. John. Since 2012, I’ve been tasked as Coordinator of Women’s Ministries in the Diocese of the Rio Grande and I am currently Diocesan President of the Daughters of the King. For many years I have supported the WINGS Ministry for children who are affected by the incarceration of a family member. Of course, there are the grandchildren and family duties and joys, too. Part of that involves supporting my husband’s ministry of toys for hospitalized children.
CD: The journey from Sunday School teacher to published author is an amazing testimony to the Grace and Call of God. I had no idea that I was setting out on an unexpected journey of self-discovery that has stretched my faith and taught me that truly God is ‘in the details’. Each book is a gift from our Lord, which I pray will inspire and entertain readers.