Howdy y'all! Crystal here with a sweet, new, debut author to introduce to you. Cynthia Toney is a fellow ACFW author, and I know you'll enjoy getting to know more about her and her new book, Bird Face.
I’m an animal lover and the owner of a few dogs, all rescued from animal shelters. I’ve lived in three Southern states, and let me tell you, each Southern state is different, with its own blend of cultures, ways of speaking, cuisine, you name it. I have a kind husband who is also creative, although he doesn’t write, and we have three grown children. In addition to writing fiction, I also write decorating articles.
I know Bird Face is your debut novel. Congratulations! What is the story about?
Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send almost-fourteen-year-old Wendy Robichaud down a trail of secrets and self-discovery.
Using humor and offering hope, this story for ages 10 to 14 (grades 5-8) delicately addresses issues of bullying, eating disorders, imperfect families, and teen suicide.
Sounds like a timely story. Where did you get the inspiration for your story?
From my life and my daughter’s, and by observing young people everywhere I went. Trouble and heartache were all around me. There were serious issues I wanted to address in fiction, but I knew I had to use humor and hope to entice kids to read my story.
What made you decide to write for the young adult audience?
I’ve always enjoyed reading middle grade and young adult books. I loved the Bingo Brown series by Betsy Byars. It had that combination of humor and angst that I wanted to write, but it was more juvenile than I desired for Bird Face. I define the audience as ages 10-14, but older teens as well as adults are reading it too.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?
Without spoiling it for readers by giving details, my favorite scene in Bird Face is the one where Wendy finds out who wrote the notes. My second favorite is when she’s alone in front of the mirror. I mean, haven’t we all done that? (You’ll understand when you read it!)
What do you plan to work on next?
I’d love to write a sequel to Bird Face. Wendy would be a freshman in high school. I hope readers will tell me which characters they enjoyed the most in the first book so I can include them in the second.
Where can readers connect with you?
Follow me on Twitter: @CynthiaTToney
I blog at birdfacewendy.wordpress.com
Last but not least, apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
Italian cooking! Now I’m hungry.