Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and Writing Coach
Cindy Coloma (also Cindy McCormick and Cindy Martinusen) was raised in the small town of Cottonwood in Northern California where she loved to explore the countryside, read books while her pet rabbit played in the fields, build hideouts in trees or in the rafters of the barn, and go swimming in creeks and lakes to escape the long hot summers. Her parents taught her the value of hard work, importance of family, and imparted a love for campfires and roads less traveled. Stories have always brought meaning and wonder to her life.
Cindy now calls the Pacific Northwest home with its perfect blend of pines, sea, and weather inspires her daily.
A national best-selling author, Cindy has written 12 novels including: Beautiful (2010 Christy Award Finalist for YA and 2011 Revolve YA Tour Book of the Year); The Salt Garden (2004 Library Journal’s Best Genre Books); Song of the Brokenhearted (co-author Sheila Walsh) (2013 ECPA bestseller); Orchid House (2008 ECPA bestseller); and Winter Passing (2001 Christy Award Finalist and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Finalist).
Her nonfiction projects include numerous collaborations. The Waiting with author Cathy LaGrow (May 2014 Tyndale Momentum) was featured on The Today Show, Guidepost, and The New York Post among numerous publications.
Cindy also co-wrote Bud DeYoung’s It’s a Wild LIfe: How My Life Became a Zoo (June 2014 Medallion Press) about his exotic zoo and animal rescue, and his Nat Geo Wild television program. Cindy developed and wrote the nonfiction book Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (co-authored with former Congresswoman Linda Smith). She has written over 150 published articles and short stories.
As a speaker, faculty member, or writing coach, Cindy had spoken at the World Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany; Simpson University Faculty Retreat; Litt-World international conference in Tagaytay, Philippines, and many others. While living in California, Cindy co-led a writer’s group for almost 18 years.
With five children ranging from toddlers to adults, Cindy’s life is always full of laughter, joy, wonders to discover, and toys to trip over. She admits an addiction to books and films, is enthralled by most any subject, has more travel dreams than humanly possible (undersea adventures and the moon included), but finds that home truly is best of all.