About Cynthia Reeg
were you born?
I was born in the breezy Kansas prairie
town of Hays—probably most well-known
for such short-time citizens as Wild
Bill Hickok and Lt. Colonel George Custer.
Although I've moved around the Midwest
a fair amount (14 different cities in
6 states), I still consider myself a
Kansas native and the bright yellow Kansas
state flower—the sunflower—is
still my favorite flower.
What were you like as a kid?
I was something of a tomboy, trying to
keep pace with my older brother, Frank—riding
bikes and playing baseball. But I also
loved to play dolls with my friends and
create stories about their adventures.
Did you like to read?
I loved to read! As soon as I'd mastered
the basics of reading, I was off and
running. When I'd finished reading all
my books from school, I'd start reading
Frank's books. My parents bought us a
collection of folktales and fairy tales.
I'd make my younger brother, Glenn, sit
still long enough so I could read them
to him—over and over again.
Did you like school?
I liked school because I liked to
learn things, all different kinds of
things—but especially reading and
writing. The areas I found most challenging
were math and science. But I ended up
marrying a man who excelled in math—my
husband Rob. And then we had two boys,
Matt and Dan, who loved reading and spending
time at the library just like me.
When did you start writing?
I began writing stories and poems in
elementary school. A few won local prizes
or were published in local newspapers.
I enjoyed the acclaim, but mostly I wrote
because I enjoyed writing so much—taking
a blank page and making it come to life
with characters. In high school, college,
and beyond, I continued taking classes
to improve my writing skills. After years
working as a librarian, I decided I wanted
to write full time.
Does anyone help you with your writing?
Lots of people! My family--especially
my husband--is very supportive of my
writing. Two writers' groups I belong
to help review my writing and give me
wonderful suggestions to make it better.
My friends also encourage me greatly.
And of course, students in the schools
I visit and volunteer at give me all
kinds of new story ideas.
What do you do for fun?
I think writing is loads of fun. But
I also enjoy playing tennis, dancing,
Do you have any pets?
I have three special pets, my kitties
Herman and Henry, and my new puppy, Holly.
They hang around my office part of every
day, so they're the first ones to hear
my stories and always offer their input.
Herman is a black and white tuxedo kitty.
His fur design looks like he's wearing
a tuxedo. So, of course, he tends to
put on airs a bit, but he loves to snuggle.
Henry is a yellow and white tiger-striped
kitty who has never outgrown his kitty
clumsiness, which is why we all love
him so. Holly is a Schnoodle—a
poodle and Schnauzer mix dog. She has
lots of energy and makes us laugh. She’s
already inspired me to write one dog
story. I’m sure she’ll help
me with lots more.