Dreams Change — Cynthia Hickey
I’ve been making up stories since I was little. Almost since the time I learned to read at the age of five. Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a teacher. Being an author didn’t occur to me in any shape or form, although I always wrote my stories down. No, I was pretty emphatic about being a teacher.
Funny how God often has other plans. I didn’t go to college (kind of need to in order to be a teacher). I got married right out of high school when my boyfriend joined the Air Force. It wasn’t until my second marriage and almost twenty years later that I became a teacher of sorts. First, girl scouts, then Sunday school for ten years, then foster care for nine more years, then I worked in an Elementary School as a Detention Monitor, and now I teach workshops on writing. Maybe not a teacher in the normal sense, but still a teacher all the same.
And, I keep writing my stories down. While working at the Elementary School, I had opportunities to write while supervising students. As time went by, I wrote more and dealt less with children. My dream was changing.
Or…was teaching ever what I was meant to do in the first place? Perhaps teaching truly was only a child’s dream. The trials of my life have led me to this point. Had even one thing changed, I might not be making a living doing what I love…a job that enables me to hang at conferences with like-minded peeps, stay at home with hair undone and no makeup, wearing comfy clothes. I can set my own hours, even write while traveling.
Yes, I’m convinced I’m right where I was meant to be.
What inspired your novella in the MissAdventure Brides Collection?
The inspiration for this story came from my love of the Ozarks and teaching. When I was a child, I dreamed of being a teacher or writing books. I do both! I write and teach about writing. Not exactly the type of teaching I’d dreamed about a long time ago, but I’m happy. I also love the Ozark mountains more than any other place on earth. Hawaii comes in a close second. Because of my love of those beautiful foothills and mountains, choosing the setting for Lessons of Love was a no-brainer. Writing about a place you love and the challenges people face who live there makes writing the story fun.
Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.
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