Cynthia was inspired by the work of Betsy Byars, Judy blume, and Wendelin Van Draanen.

Cynthia is a former advertising designer, marketing director, and interior decorator who holds a BA in art education with a minor in history. While employed by a large daily newspaper, she rewrote some ad copy without permission and got into trouble for it. At that point, she knew she was destined to become an author.

When she’s not cooking Cajun or Italian food, Cynthia writes historical and contemporary teen fiction containing elements of mystery and romance.

She has a passion for rescuing dogs from animal shelters and enjoys studying the complex history of the friendly southern U.S., where she resides with her husband and several canines.

The first edition of her debut novel, Bird Face, won a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Bronze, in the Pre-teen Fiction Mature Issues category and was awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Under its new title, 8 Notes to a Nobody, the story again received the Seal of Approval, and so has her second novel, 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status.



8 Notes to a Nobody:

" … a well-written story with realistic characters and situations … More

10 Steps to Girlfriend Status:

"Cynthia Toney does a masterful job of delving into a young teen's first crush. More

6 Dates to Disaster:

"… Now with book three ... Wendy faces life's challenges ... More