Cynthia Kraack will read from and sign copies of her latest novel The High Cost of Flowers at Fair Isle Books on Washington Island Saturday, August 15, at 1 pm. She will teach “Creating Fictional Worlds” on Saturday, September 19, 9 am – 1 pm. Location for the workshop is pending, but will be in the Egg Harbor or Fish Creek area.
Place of residence: I have two residences– a suburb of St. Paul, MN and Fish Creek, WI. We split our time between the two. I am originally from Luxemburg, WI and Door County was always a part of my family’s life.
Favorite book/author: My favorite author is Margaret Atwood. Two of her books, The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye, are on my favorite list and have influenced my writing. My first four books were speculative fiction.
What is your role with Write On Door County?: I’ve been fortunate to be one of the dreamers who filed our IRS and WI paperwork to become an official nonprofit organization. All members of the Board of Directors bring unique skills and experiences to WODC. I am the published author and represent writers. Because of years of working in corporate and small businesses, I also bring organizational expertise and serve as Secretary/Treasurer.
What do you think is great about an organization like WODC?: Write On Door County is great because we answer a very critical community need to nurture readers and writers of all ages. We also support dreamers and dreams. When a middle age man writes the first page of the book that has been in his mind during a workshop, that’s amazing. When a person walks away from an afternoon program understanding how to organize the elements of a story, that’s also great.
What do you hope to see in the future from the organization?: Hopefully in the future, Write On Door County will have a regional reputation for writing workshops and a wonderful residency program. That’s necessary from a business angle. Locally, I would love to have WODC develop the comfort and acceptance of writing that county residents have with art, drama and music. Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if nationally known writers wanted to come to Door County because the community loved having writers spend time here?
What is one of your favorite things about writing/being a writer?: Writing is a solitary activity. I am a member of an established writing group and have strong connections in the publishing and literary scene in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area which help to balance the quiet weeks with good discussion and involvement. The opportunity to make my work come alive by doing readings, giving speeches, or meeting with book clubs is one of my favorite things. When a reader asked me to sign a half dozen copies of Minnesota Cold because she was sending it to her sisters and cousins, that was a high point.
Cynthia Kraack is a Midwest author of fiction and short stories. The High Cost of Flowers won two 2014 Midwest Book Awards taking first in Literary Fiction as well as Contemporary Fiction. Her debut work, Minnesota Cold, won the 2009 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. She also wrote the Ashwood trilogy, a speculative fiction family saga. Glimmer Train, Big Muddy Literary Journal and the Hal Prize competition have recognized her short stories. She has a MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program in Creative Writing, a Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and Bachelors in Journalism from Marquette University.