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“Speaking and Writing From the Heart”

“I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God’s Word and friend to all.”




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Cindy K. Sproles is an author and a speaker, whose dream is to do nothing more than craft words that speak from the heart. God’s plan seems to be for her to write and teach the craft.  With God’s guidance, Cindy is expanding her horizons. We’ll see how He uses her.

Cindy is a mountain gal. Proud of her heritage, she was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains where life is simple, words have a deep southern drawl, and colloquialisms like, “well slap my knee and call me corn pone” seem to take precedence over proper speech. Apple Butter, coal mining, the river, pink sunrises and golden sunsets help you settle into a porch swing and relax. Family, the love of God and strong morals are embedded into her life in the mountains. Teaching writers, spinning fiction tales about life in the mountains, history and down home ideas find their way into all she does. “I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God’s Word and friend to all.” This is Cindy Sproles. Welcome home to the mountains.










 “God first, family second and career third (Thank you Mary Kay Ash for such wisdom.)”




Cindy is offering a copy of Liar’s Winter OR Mercy’s Rain., e-book or a paperback copy to a US reader.

“I am an encourager and some tell me…this is to a fault.”



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Cindy Sproles, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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“Speaking and Writing From the Heart”


“I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God’s Word and friend to all.”


Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Cindy Sproles.



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Call or Text Call

Dogs or Cats  Both

Eggs or Pancakes Eggs

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Thornton or Darcy  Darcy

Yoga Pants or Jeans  Jeans

rem:  Hullo Cindy, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

CINDY:  I’m a mountain girl. Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. There’s no place like home – I’m still here.

rem:  I’m a mountain gal, too, and don’t get to go nearly enough! Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

CINDY:  That’s hard. I’m pretty much an open book. But hum…1) I like dumplins for breakfast  2) I love The Curse of Oak Island  3) I want to do a zipline.

rem:  I could go for dumplins for breakfast! And I’m up for a zip line—shall we go together? Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

CINDY:  Is. 40:31 – but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

It’s my favorite because it is pure hope and faith in the Lord. He will renew my strength. I’ll soar on wings like the eagles. Imagine running and not growing weary, walking and never growing faint. What a scripture of hope. I love this.


rem:  As one who struggles with fatigue and weakness, I surely cling to that verse. What is your favourite quotation and why?

CINDY:  “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.” Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne has to be one of the wisest people who has ever lived. The words he wove together for Winnie the Pooh are filled with an amazing childlike wisdom and truth. I love this quote. We can never move ahead until we move on.

rem:  Love me some Pooh Bear. What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

CINDY:  A glass nail file. It’s the best thing ever and my most random thing in my bag.

rem:  It’s certainly unusual! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

CINDY:  Believe it or not. . .Tom Sawyer. I’d love to get inside that head of his – this sneaky, fun, mischievous kid. What fun.


rem:  Mischievous indeed! What fun to discover the why’s of what makes him tick. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

CINDY:  We need good wholesome writing in our world today. What we don’t need is preachy Christian writing. rem: AMEN!  I believe Christian writers need to slow down writing to the choir and start writing good, wholesome stories to the general market. The thing is, we have to put on a different hat and keep in mind, most readers in the general market don’t know Christ. Preaching is not the way to reach them, rather, wholesome characters that make good decisions and . . .well . . .bad decisions and we see how they suffer the consequence but they find that offer of hope.  rem: SO MUCH YES!!


My relationship with Christ is stronger. I’m learning to let go of what I THINK I should write and let God lead me. The result is stories that allow characters to find hope even if things don’t work out the way we think they should.


(FYI – general market readers say Christian writers are cheesy. Why do you suppose that is? Hint: One general market reader said, “Life doesn’t work out perfectly MOST of the time.” We need to learn to write life as it is and allow non-believers see we make mistakes too, but the difference is, we have hope in Christ.

rem:  Oh, Cindy, I so agree with you wholeheartedly and 100%! When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

CINDY:  I close a book down in the first two pages if there is nothing happening. There are a lot of writers with the ability to write beautiful scenes, but all the beautiful words in the world mean nothing, if it doesn’t go somewhere.

rem:  What are you reading right now?

CINDY:  The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Conner by Flannery O’Conner; Running on Red Dog Road by Drema Berkhimer; and Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Seacrest McDowell.

rem:  I love this bit from your bio, “I am an encourager and some tell me…this is to a fault.” I am an encourager, too. What evidence do your ‘accusers’ have? And why is it a “fault?”

CINDY:  I believe it’s because I do believe in the good in people and sadly, encouragers are often let down or hurt when those we encourage refuse to move

rem:  Yes, it truly can be such a crushing blow. One of your speaking topics is, “Draw from the Well of Living Water.” What can you share of this topic?

CINDY:  We are offered living water by Jesus. Unfortunately, many times we never take advantage of the freedom and peace found in this living water. When I speak on this topic we delve into the reasons why we refuse the blessing of living water. Often it’s pride. . .we think we are the fix all and many times we fall hard because we can’t or won’t accept the freedom of Christ through the living water He offers. Have you accepted any lately?

rem:  I have, yes, and am continually reminding myself to look more to Him. That said, I have come to a place in my life that, with very little exception, I live in His peace. You are a speaker and an author. How much do they overlap and which do you prefer?

CINDY:  I prefer writing. But I love to speak. If you are a writer, you have to learn to be a speaker and if you are a speaker, you have to learn to be a writer. The two go hand in hand. I am a storyteller, so speaking comes very natural for me. I have tons of stories from my Appalachian childhood and our fun and sometimes quirky family. I draw from my mountain heritage to write and to speak. I prefer to craft a story and let my imagination fly. It’s freeing for me and joyful. But speaking is fun too because we get the immediate interaction.

rem:  Tell us a little about your writing journey.

CINDY:  I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing seriously until my children were grown. I chose that route because I wanted my attention to be focused on my boys as they grew. I did write but not seriously. When they graduated high school, I dug in and began to learn the craft of writing. I attended writers conferences, learned what I could from those who’d walked the road ahead of me. It was six years from the time I wrote my first novel until I was traditionally published. I chose to wait for traditional publication because I knew when I finally received a contract, it would be because my hard work paid off. I’d have learned the craft well enough that a publisher said yes. Every book I write, I offer back to God. My request to God is, “Lord, please let me be a writer. The work and the glory will be yours.”  He has answered my prayers with two best selling, award-winning novels and a third on the way in June of 2020. Pray and offer your work back to the One who has gifted you and things will be successful.

rem:  What a lovely tribute to the One Who anoints us with the gift of writing in the first place. What are your biggest encouragement for new authors?

CINDY:  There’s no harm in getting bloody knees. Cheer when you receive a rejection. It’s just a rung on the ladder to publication. We need to learn to wait, to be patient. God is grooming us for a time such as this. My encouragement would be – Don’t grow discouraged. Your time will come with hard work and patience.

rem:  I’ve seen the list that goes around with familiar names—and the number of times they were rejected before finding success and becoming famous. How do you choose your characters’ names?

CINDY:  I look for good solid mountain names. Since I write Appalachian historical, names are vital. They speak to the culture. I try to match names according to the personality I see my characters have. In the first few chapters, I’ve been known to change names numerous times.

rem:  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

CINDY:  No. I’m a pantser. And my stories are character driven. So I have a hint in my mind where to start and how I want to end…but the in between happens as my characters come alive.

rem:  Yup, me too!! My characters start talking to me, and I know generally where the story will end up, but how it gets there is entirely up to, uh, them. Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

CINDY: My next book releases from Revell in June of 2020. It too, is Appalachian historical and it’s titled What Momma Left Behind . It’s the story of a young woman who began taking in children on the mountain after their parents died from the fever (aka the flu). Her name is Worie Dresser. (How’s that for a mountain name? rem: LOVE IT! ) Worie takes on the task of feeding and caring for the orphaned children – she in essence begins one of the first orphanages in the mountains of East Tennessee.


My current work, is a book called Coal Black Lies, it takes place in the mines of Southwest Virginia and upper East Tennessee. It’s about the lies, those little white lies, we tell ourselves to justify our wrongs. I’m excited about this because it’s my first novel from a male POV.

rem:  How intriguing is that! What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

CINDY:  I can’t wait for What Momma Left Behind to release. There are so many children in our country without families. I know a few families who have become foster parents and then adopted. It’s such a joy to see these children find homes. Every child deserves a joyful childhood. Whether they are adopted or fostered. We can make a difference by sharing our homes and our love. READ IT! You’ll see the importance of giving of yourself.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.

CINDY:  What Momma Left Behind – By Cindy K. Sproles


But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.…Matthew 19:14 KJV



1877 – Sourwood Mountain, Tennessee


            “They was nothin I could do for her. Her eyes was fixed on the sky and she never moved again. Despite me shakin her, she was gone.”

            Ely slipped his worn hat from his head and pressed it hard against his chest. “Miss Worie, thangs is what they is. Ain’t nothin you coulda done.” 

            The spring breeze whipped my hair around my face brushin the clay trail of tears from my cheek.

            Just the day before Momma was hangin clothes on the line and singin. “Worie, I got something to show you.” She said.

            “Is it a surprise?”

            She stopped and run her knuckles gently across my cheek. “No, it’s a secret.” Her fingers pushed against her lips. “Shhhh, it’s a secret for you to know. Nobody else.”

            Ely shoved a flat rock into the soft clay. “This’ll mark her ‘til we can make her a cross like your daddy’s.”

            “I never knew what a chore it was to bury a person.” I dropped to my knees and gingerly swept the clots of dirt to one side, smoothin the mound that covered Momma. I wasn’t sure if I was to be angry or hurt. Either way, my heart was achin.

            Ely grunted. “Uh huh. Tis a chore. But you was smart to drop that quilt over her. Kept the buzzards away whilst we dug that hole.” He placed his hat back in its spot, pushin his dark, tight curls from beneath. I stared at Ely, skin blacker than the rock coal Daddy would bring home from time to time. He was a good friend. Stood by Momma and Daddy through thick and thin.

            The sun peeked through the newly formed leaves of the old Oak tree, castin a shine on ever one of those curls that boasted around Ely’s ears. “You’re startin to look a little shabby there Ely.” I smacked at a curl.

            He busted into a guffaw that shook ever bone in his body. “Yous always make a man laugh, Miss Worie. Even now, in the shadow of your own troubles.”

            “Lordy, Lordy. Like you said, it is what it is. Ain’t my fault. Least ways I hope not. But I don’t understand Ely. I did ever thing Momma ever told me. Never give her no reason to pull such a stunt. I thought my bein good would make up for the boys.”

            “You stop right there, girl. Ever man makes his own choices. Calvin chose his swindlin and connivin. Justice made his bed with a bottle of hooch. Them ain’t your doins. And I feel right sure Miss Louise was proud of you. Ain’t many young girls would choose stayin home to help their momma over bein a wife and mother.”

            I lay across the mound of dirt and commenced to sob. Long hard wails. Ely stood solid by me, bendin down ever once in a while to pat my shoulder.

            It wasn’t long before the buzzards went to squawlin over head. “Git way!” I hollered. “Go on. Can’t you see we buried Momma.”

rem:  Oh, Cindy, I’m crying here. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

CINDY:  The take away is forgiveness and also that we all deserve to be loved.

rem:  Yes, we all do. Anything you’d like to add?

CINDY:  Thanks for having me. I hope your readers will dig into my Appalachian Historical books. They are unlike anything you’ve read before.

Mercy’s Rain (Kregel Publications)

Liar’s Winter  (Kregel Publications)

Coming in June 2020 – What Momma Left Behind (Revell)

rem:  I know I can’t wait to read them! Cindy, thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!










Cindy is offering a copy of Liar’s Winter OR Mercy’s Rain, e-book, or a paperback copy to a US reader.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Thursday 27 June and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 4 July. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.




“God first, family second and career third (Thank you Mary Kay Ash for such wisdom.)”

“I am an encourager and some tell me…this is to a fault.”


#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview and Giveaway, Cindy Sproles

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