It excites me to introduce Cindy Molder. Cindy is a member of Bartlesville WordWeavers and everything I read that she has written has a certain sparkle.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was age four, but seriously the past five years.
What is the single most difficult part of writing for you?
I work full time and my job involves writing, but honestly it is about finding the time and energy after a full day at work.
How many hours a day do you write?
At least 2 hours.
What is the most important advice you have for someone who wants to be published?
Since I have only a few published, I say, write, write, write and submit, submit, submit. Find a writer’s group for inspiration and support. When I joined Bartlesville WordWeavers, it changed everything. I found a group of men and women who share my heart.
Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
The fiction I write starts with bits and pieces of my own life. Sometimes, I will hear a lyric in a song (especially country music) and I file away the thought for the future. My eyes and ears are always open for something that will resonate with the reader.
What do you like most about writing?
It is therapy. A lot of healing takes place at the keyboard. Writing is the only time that I am 100% absorbed in something. My writing has all of me. Eric Lidell in Chariots of Fire said, “When I run I feel God’s pleasure.” You can quote me on this, “When I write, I feel God’s pleasure.” Not that He is inspiring me to write but He is looking over my shoulder, cheering me on. I believe each of us has a dream in our heart and when we find it, it makes God smile.
What do you like the least?
There is never enough time to write. I have to choose between writing, time with family, and daily responsibilities. I dream of a sabbatical with long stretches of time, all alone with my computer and no one else.
How long does it take you to finish a novel?
I started a draft of my first novel about 8 weeks ago. I would guess a year at least, probably longer.
What message are you trying to give with your books?
So many people in our culture are too busy reading clips, blips and blurbs. They read short informative things but not much that is inspiring. I want people to learn to love to read again. My goal is to involve readers on a level where they identify with the characters and they begin to own a part of the plot. Writing is personal, reading should be, too.
Do you have any/other books that will be coming out soon?
I have a Bible Study that will come out on January 14, 2014. It is called Break Dance, Finding Hope in the Broken Places of Life. I also have four short stories that will be part of an anthology in the fall of 2014.
What are your other books and where can we find out more about your work?
I have another Bible Study called Twisted Sisters. It has been reprinted twice. It is a study of obscure women in the Bible. Scripture has lots of scandalous stories, like Rahab and Tamar. Keep your fingers crossed I hope there will be books of fiction in the future and maybe a children’s book about my twin grandsons.
Cindy Molder is married to her high school sweetheart Mark. They have two grown sons, Mark Jr. and Jake, a daughter in love, Kandi, and twin grandsons, Cameron and Grant. She is employed at Grace Community Church where she serves as the Director of Adult Ministries. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, and daydreaming.