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Cynthia S. Becker's Biography

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Mar 2009

I live in Colorado with one husband, two cats and 8,000 books. (We operate an online used bookstore through www.abebooks.com.) 

Fascination with research led me to non-fiction writing. My published work includes two biographies of Chipeta, a famous nineteenth century Colorado Ute Indian woman. Chipeta Ute Peacemaker (Filter Press, 2008) is written for middle grade readers. It was a finalist for the 2009 WILLA Award in children's/YA literature. Chipeta: Queen of the Utes, with co-author P. David Smith, (Western Reflections Publishing, 2003) is a work for adults. It was named the Best Biography of 2003 by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). I also produced five library-market works for educational publisher Thomson Gale and its Greenhaven imprint. These include Immigration and Illegal Aliens: Burden or Blessing? (2006 & 2008), The American Family (2003 & 2005), and Problems with Death (2006).

Currently, I am researching a middle grade biography of a Colorado pioneer and a non-fiction picture book. I also write personal essay and feature articles. My work has appeared in the New York Times, Saturday Evening Post, Denver PostColorado Country Life, Learning Through History, and Family Chronicle.   

My reading choices lean to mystery, biography and middle grade fiction. However, Rick Bragg’s memoir All Over But The Shoutin’ had the greatest influence on my recent writing. His work prompted me to develop short stories based on family characters and events from my own Southern roots. In 2010 my story Considering received second place in the Paul Gillette competition. A Night At The Theater won the 2009 Laura Award for short fiction from Women Writing the West while Working Girl was a 2008 finalist in the same competion. Read A Night At The Theater beginning on page 7 in an online anthology . My first published short story, The Perfect Gift, appeared in audio on Sniplits.com in December 2009.

I am a member of Pikes Peak Writers, Women Writing the West, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Upcoming Works

Middle grade historical fiction set in 1880 Leadville, Colorado
Short stories

Recommended Links


Filter Press
Western Reflections Publishing

Interests & Hobbies

Polymer Clay artist