Monday, October 1, 2012

2nd Anniversary Celebration Featuring: Cynthia Omololu (giveaway)

I'm a writer living in Northern California with my husband and two sons. I grew up with the serviceable last name of Jaynes, but then married a handsome Nigerian man, which is why my other last name has so many vowels.

I was born in New Jersey, but grew up in San Diego. Being almost 6 feet tall by the time I was twelve makes it painfully easy to remember my teen years. Even though I was really tall, I didn't like sports—but I did read a lot (and I mean a lot!) of books. Still, I never thought I'd be a writer. Except for a book called How the Rabbit Got His Hop that I wrote in third grade, I didn't write anything unless I had to. Every diary I've ever had stops on or about January 21st because I get bored writing about my own life. I've found that I do, however, enjoy writing about the lives of pretend people.

I didn't do the cheerleader thing in high school I did the... other thing. After high school I went to college at UC Santa Barbara. I majored in English but that was only because they made me decide when I was a junior and I'd taken more English classes than anything else.

The best part of college was living in Scotland for a year. I was terrible at Spanish and never took French, which really narrowed down the year-abroad choices. I met some amazing people there who I still consider some of my best friends all these years later. I also learned how to travel by myself and that when you are on a crowded bus in Rome, don't wear a short skirt.

When I graduated, I kept going up the West Coast until I came to San Francisco where I lived in Haight/Ashbury for many years. Living in a big city after college gives you a lot of inspiration for stories later. I highly recommend it. I met my husband when I was working for a San Francisco weekly newspaper (in advertising, not writing).

After my kids were born, I stopped working and got to stay at home with them for a few years. One day, I was reading to my kids and I started thinking that there weren't enough books about biracial kids and maybe I should write one. How hard could it be? Turns out, it's plenty hard.

Several years and one giant learning curve later, I got an email from an editor who said she would like to buy my story When it's Six O'clock in San Francisco and it came out in July of 2009. Although I didn't have anything to do with the illustrations, I think they look great and I'm glad that my publisher chose Randy to do them.

After I'd been writing for a little while, one of my writing partners started writing novels and although it looked really hard, I thought maybe I should try it. Turns out, there are a lot of voices in my head and sometimes they have interesting things to say. I met my agent, Erin Murphy, in an elevator (really) at a writer's conference and when I finished my first novel, we signed together. My young adult novel Dirty Little Secrets came out with Walker Books in February 2010. Transcendence, a new novel about reincarnation and the choices we make came out in June 2012 with the sequel to follow in June of 2013. 

 Everywhere Cole Ryan goes, everything she touches, seems to trigger vivid scenes of a time she doesn't know, in a place she's never lived. The only rational explanation is that she's losing her mind. Or is it?

Cynthia would like to giveaway a copy of Transcendence!
This is International!
This giveaway ends October 7th.

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  1. I've had my eyes set on this book for a while now. I love the cover. I feel like I NEVER see African Americans on YA covers these days. It's refreshing to have something different.

  2. What intrige me from Transcendence is about the power Cole has, is very fascinating to have the opportunity to experience different places or different times just by touching objects! Really looking forward for this one, thanks for the chance! (Ileana-rafflecopter)

  3. Love the cover! I must admit that I haven't heard of it before but it sounds really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  4. Oh wow, that's so interesting that Cynthia didn't want to start being a writer in the beginning. She was a reader before she became a writer. And WOW, six feet tall is so great. You can be a model :D

    "I also learned how to travel by myself and that when you are on a crowded bus in Rome, don't wear a short skirt." hahaha I love this piece of advice by the way. I'm guessing there are a lot of flirts in Rome ;)

    Thank you for that wonderful post and for the giveaway!


    Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada

  5. This sounds like a really good book.

  6. I've been looking at this book for a while having seen it mentioned all over the book blog spectrum..sounds great!

  7. I've heard about this book a lot and I can't wait to read it! Sounds like an unique story! thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

  8. Very beautiful post. Transcendence has the most interesting story I have read recently and the cover is amazing! Thank you for the giveaway,
    Demitra Giote

  9. The book looks so good. I would love to read it.
    Great post!

  10. I've wanted to read Transcendence since I first heard about it. It sounds so good!! x

  11. i love the cover,,,and i think this is a really good books. cant wait to read.
    thanks for the chance

  12. i think i will like the book
    -Lilian S

  13. I found the blurb very intriguing, and immediately added the book to my TBR list! Do want!