Cynthia has been putting pen to paper since her youth. She started out writing poems expressing her feeling about her looks and boys. A discussing she could not have with anyone but herself. As so grow older she began to journal to God and also to her future husband. Now as sister and joint heir with Jesus Christ she writes to support the building up of all the kingdom dwellers. Knowledge and Wisdom are in desperate need during these days and times. Cynthia allows the spirit of God to guide her on how and what to say to God’s people.
As the word in Habakkuk 2:2 “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
She has written 6 books so far and a weekly blog.
1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
That’s an easy one when I got my first journal. It was brought for me back when I was in elementary school. At that time, I would not have called it writing I was just sharing my feelings as a weird young girl that love TV and who was also a tomboy. Writing my feelings out gave me an outlet that I couldn’t get at home or with my peers. It is the same as when I was a child. I love expressing myself. I do not write for other’s necessarily as much as I write to clear my mind for all the new things I have learned. Too often we write for financial gain, but I believe it is better to write to free yourself. The new information that you have all stored in your head can free someone from some doubts, fear, or shame. When we let go everyone that we supposed to help will go as well. Don’t you think so? I think the one thing that frustrates me is the process of writing a book. I am not one that can write a whole chapter in one sitting. I must walk away and come back to it. This sometimes leaves me days without writing. I am getting better because I what to start working in series of books and I don’t want to let the work get cold.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
This book is a part of a 3-book series that takes me back to my evangelist days. I believe that in this age of reconstruction of religion and the great falling away we all need to look at our relationship with the Godhead. Most of us have replaced the Godhead and Kingdom for positions within the church and image worshipping of leadership. I am asking in the book, The IN Word, that we do some self-reflection on how we view our relationship with God. Are we having a relationship, or we with God or when in relationship with God? All have a place in our journey but at some point, we have to be IN with God to grow and make sure that we are making heaven our home. You can find my books on my website www.cynthiarobinson.me as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?
The characters in this book are Abraham and me. Abraham is the father of faith, but I believe that most people only see the prosper of him and not the faith he developed in his walk with God. We all seem to forget where we have come from, but we sometimes need to look back in order to stay humble and remember that it is not just about us. I had to take my own look back and I see all the different levels in God I have traveled just like Abraham. It was not an easy walk because I would fight God process but now, I see that I have faith walk that will not fail because I want him as much as he wanted me.
4) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel? What projects are you currently working on?
Nope just when the words come into my mind. This is the area I am working on. That I do. I start with the title then I move into the different chapters. I believe once I have that down on paper, I am ready to go. The last few books have been years in between. I am working to change that part of my writing. I am working on a 3-part series about Christian living. My second book The Outward will be out later this year.
5) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally? Who is your favorite author to read? What book are you currently reading?
Judy Blume’s “God Are You There”. That book helped me in my preteens. I would cry and laugh so much with this book. I believe I read that book at least 100 times. When I felt out of place her book hit the spot. I have too many because I am a reader of everything. But the author that blew my mind and is one of my all-time favorites is Octavia Butler. She has written some of the best fantasy science fiction. I know some people are thinking Sci-Fi, yes Sci-Fi. It was a little weird at first, but I grew to love her writing style and what she was writing about. I just finish reading the ABCs of Success by Bob Proctor. I love that he has a ‘you can do it’ motto. Dr Proctor is an inspiration that no matter where you are you come achieve your goals if you put your mind to it.
6) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
Well first being a bestselling author that was out of this world. I was so happy to be a part of a collaboration with you after knowing you for so long. The experience not only allowed us to work together but for me to gain other friends that I will have for years. I will be a full-time life coach in the next year. I believe that is where I need to be. So many people are hurting, and I want to help. I can’t continue to sit by as my sisters are accepting the world’s view of the kingdom of God. They are completely different, and I need to say so. I will use my TV platform to carry the word around the world. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
7) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?
Well, I haven’t been rejected as far as the publishing world goes. I never went the route of the traditional publishing house. I am self-published and proud of it. I like the freedom that I have to write from a black Christian woman’s point of view. I don’t have to dime my light to no one. Self-publishing can be an easy way to get your book out but if you go to the wrong publisher, they will just push your book and take you money. Do research on what you want from them and what they will offer you. Will it be a package, or do you have to pay separately for everything? Look at their reviews. If it is more negative than positive go somewhere else. Do your research. It is worth the few days of finding out the truth than the thousands of dollars lost because you didn’t.
8) Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature? How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?
Both sides to me can be difficult at times. Writing for me is always a process so when I am through, I am happy. But I enjoy talking to people about my new work. It gives me a release that I can’t say I feel with anything else. I never thought about an author’s platform until recently. Now I am eager to work towards building a community that likes my work and are willing to support me.
9) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work. Do you ever enjoy reading your own work back to yourself after it’s out there for the rest of the world?
Yes, I do. I love reading my book back to myself. The things I have written sometimes make me laugh. Sometimes I surprise myself about what I said in the book. It is a long process with proofing and editing that when the book finally comes out you must go back and see what you wrote. Do you do that with your books Paulette? Probably not you have so many books out there these days?
10) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
No! I started late. I was 40 something when I published my first book. I will repeat this for life if you have something to say say it. Don’t die with a book in your belly. Your audience will find you and enjoy what you have to say. Only you can tell the story. When you tell your story you can set someone else free.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
I believe I write from a place of freedom. I want to motivate everyone that reads my books toward freedom. We stay bound to people place and things because we do not know how to let go. I want to encourage, inspire and enlighten women that they do not have to stay in a place of doubt, fear or shame but to walk in peace and joy. I do that on a weekly basis with my bi-weekly videos on Facebook and TikTok. I want people to be free because Jesus came to make them free.