Meet Cindi McMenamin
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and award-winning writer who helps women find strength for the soul. She has more than 30 years experience ministering to women as a pastor’s wife and Bible teacher. She has authored 16 books with Harvest House Publishers including When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold) and her newest, 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband. She and her husband, Hugh, have been married 30 years and live in Southern California with their grown daughter.
12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband is for the wife who wants to recapture her husband’s heart and experience the joy she once knew before complacency or emotional baggage set in. No matter how long you’ve been married, you can “be together, but feel miles apart.” This book helps a wife reignite the joy and passion she and her husband once shared by looking at small changes she can make to touch her husband’s heart in a big way.
What genre do you focus on and why?
I focus on women’s nonfiction because I write what I learn and help others learn along with me. I mainly focus on how a woman can improve the relationships in her life – with God, her husband, her children, and her friends.
Why do you write? What drives you?
I write as a way of expressing myself and to process life. I write as a form of worship and also as a way of processing my spiritual life. Hearing about areas women struggle with motivates me to write so I can be an encouragement and an inspiration for those who need answers with whatever they struggle with.
What does a day in your writing world look like?
I get up early, do a cardio or weight workout so I can have good brain function late into the day, then I spend time with God in Bible reading and prayer, and then spend time writing. (I try to take lunch breaks often at Chick-fil-A.)
What is the hardest part of being an author?
Marketing the book once it’s released. As a writer, my giftedness is in words, conveying insights from Scripture, telling stories. Yet, so much of an author’s life must be spent on marketing and promotion of her book if she wants to be in the position to write and publish another one. If I focus on numbers of copies sold, sales figures, social media stats, and everything that publishers require these days, it will overwhelm me and make me want to give up. I then have to go back to WHY I write – to encourage the heart that needs to hear what I have to say.
What’s the best part of your author’s life?
I love hearing stories of how my books have impacted women’s lives from helping them find a relationship with Christ to helping some want to live again after discovering renewed hope. I also love travelling and speaking for all sorts of venues.
What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?
I’ve flown into two tornadoes, outrun a hurricane, and just recently found that my author bio on google describes not me, but another woman named Cindi – a canine specialist, who has “devoted her life to the dog.” Oh dear. That’s definitely not me.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of having raised a beautiful young woman — my daughter, Dana – who helped me write my book, When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter, when she was 19. Dana is now living her dream by working for the Walt Disney Company in “Guest Talent” at the Disneyland Resort. She has been the inspiration behind so many stories and spiritual illustrations in my books.
What is your favorite pastime?
I love working out, visiting Disneyland (free of charge…yay!) with my family, and frequenting Chick-fil-A.
Do you have other books?
We’d love to know. I have 15 other books, all from Harvest House Publishers. My most popular titles include When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, When Women Long for Rest, When Couples Walk Together (co-authored with my husband, Hugh), When a Woman Discovers Her Dream, When God Sees Your Tears, When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart, and Drama Free.
What are you working on now?
I am getting my certification as a writing coach and communications specialist so I can be credentialed to help others achieve their dream to write and publish books.
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