Although born and raised in New Jersey, Cynn Chadwick has lived in the South for over twenty years. Her work has appeared in anthologies including Words of Wisdom, The Writer’s Gazette, and The Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, amongst others.
Chadwick’s first novel Cat Rising in the Cat Rising Series was released to glowing reviews in the Lambda Book Report, InsightOut Book Club, Q Syndicate, EXP, and Golden Threads.
Girls With Hammers the second in the Series was another ISO Book Club pick, and was released in March 2004. GWH garnered positive reviews in She Magazine, The Lambda Book Report, and earned an admirable BookList mention. In addition, Girls with Hammers was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award, the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award, and was a finalist for the Golden Crown Literary Award.
Babies, Bikes, and Broads placed runner-up in the Bywater Fiction Contest awarded at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2008. BB&B was a 2009 Lambda Literary Award Nominee, and has received favorable reviews in Q Syndicate.
Departing from the Cat Rising Series Chadwick’s next novel, Angels and Manners, due out in the Spring of 2010, is about two single mothers raising teenagers in Section Eight housing; together they overcome their dire circumstances with a modicum of humourous revenge on the dead-beat dads that dumped them.
(When she was much younger) Chadwick worked for one of the first women in the United States to become a master carpenter. Her experience working in the trades has served to actualize her stories, but not factualize them – they are fiction. She does however, on occasion play the harmonica (badly); never owned, but continues to fantasize about Harley Davidsons, enjoys single-malt scotch, and wishes there were a bar – somewhere – anywhere – called Ozgirlz.
Earning both an MA in literature and an MFA in fiction at Goddard College in Vermont, Chadwick is currently a lecturer in the Literature and Language Department of UNCA where she teaches fiction in the Creative Writing and Masters programs. She lives in the bowl of a spoon-shaped valley with her partner, Elenna, and a German shepherd named Arlo.
As a transplanted Yankee (28 years) who loves and writes about her Southern home, I am heavily influenced by many wonderful Southern writers:Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Fannie Flagg, Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Clyde Edgerton, John Ehle, Faulkner, and I also read great story-tellers like Richard Russo, Raymond Carver, Amy Bloom, and I love Stephen King.
In addition to my three released novels: "Cat Rising," "Girls with Hammers," and "Babies, Bikes and Broads," I have a new book due out next year entitled "Angels and Manners," and hope to release, "Then Came Jake," and "As the Table Turns" in the near future. I am currently working on a sequel to "Then Came Jake" entitled "Don't Ask, Never Tell."
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