Debut Novel: “The Circle” by Cindy Cipriano


I’m very excited to feature my friend, Cindy Cipriano, here today. Her debut novel The Circle (published by Odyssey Books) releases June 1, 2013, and I’m extremely thrilled for her literary accomplishments.

Cindy and I are fellow members of the critique group “Triad Writers,” and her debut novel holds a personal level of attachment for me. I (and other members from our quaint critique group) have had the pleasure of reading The Circle with a fine-tooth, critique-yielding comb in which Cindy has graciously thanked us all for doing so on her acknowledgments page of the book.

Cindy is an excellent writer with an amazing eye for storytelling. In this debut novel, she draws you into her characters’ layers with effortless ease and takes you on a mystical adventure that’s sure to spark and hold your interest. 

The Circle is a Middle Grades/YA novel that’s full of intrigue, magic, and mystery. It’s great for those who like reading fantasy novels.

Please help me welcome Cindy to my blog home, and enjoy this brief insider look at a wonderful new author hitting the literary scene.


A Brief Chat With Cindy


How long does it take you to write a book?

Generally six to eight months if I stay on a schedule.


How/why did you choose the genre you write in?

I love reading middle grades and young adult fantasy. 


What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The first draft was much longer.  By the time my publisher read the manuscript, many scenes had been cut.  She then asked if I could add more to the story, so I had to edit those scenes back in.  That was the most difficult part, dovetailing all the pieces back together.


What aspect/process of getting your book published surprised you the most?

That my publisher so graciously considered my opinion regarding the cover art.


Tell us something you’d like readers to know about you?

I wish I had more time to write!  I am writing The Lost, which is the sequel to The CircleClick here or visit my website to learn more information about these books in The Sidhe series.


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Author Bio

Cindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, more like one cat, three dogs, and many, many fish. Cindy is an award winning science teacher who, this past August, celebrated her 12th first day of sixth grade.


12 thoughts on “Debut Novel: “The Circle” by Cindy Cipriano

  1. Sounds like a great book Demetria. It’s so wonderful when we see our friends (especially our writing friends) succeed isn’t it?

    I’ll have to put this on my daughter’s (and my) summer reading list.

  2. Congrats on your debut novel, Cindy! You must be very excited! It’s a good thing you held onto the pieces of the novel you’d trimmed. 🙂 I make a practice of doing the same…just in case.

    It’s so wonderful to be part of a nurturing critique group. Glad you ladies have found that in the Triad. I’ve been lucky enough to find a similar group here in the Triangle.

  3. Oh this book sounds fantastic. I’m so impressed by the 6-8 month time frame. And like Reese said, good idea to hold on to the bits n’ pieces of novels. Hmmm I’ll have to remember that tip.

  4. Julie, I’m surprised you don’t hold on to bits n’ pieces. I hold on to them out of fear. I don’t want to be caught needing them later and not having them.

    Also, I’m impressed by Cindy’s 6-8 month timeframe, too. She’s good at cranking stuff out when she sets her mind to it.

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