Welcome. I have been writing since I was a child in the lush garden state of New Jersey. The Arizona desert has been my home now for thirty five years and has been the perfect place to rear three delightful children and spend lots of outdoor time with my husband, Joshua.
My writing “career” took hold in 2001 after the rigors of working in the movie business took its toll physically. I had been a clown, actor in theater and film, and teacher of the art of clowning and creative drama. This led to casting for movies and commercials and working in various production jobs on several independent features. But enough with the drama, now writing is my forte!
I was a contributing author and editor of The Wall, the children’s book that was compiled by Phoenix Writers Club during our 80th anniversary year. I have been a member of PWC for seven years and currently serve as President and Publicity/Speakers Chairperson.
I have published several feature articles in local newspapers and magazines (AZ Taste, The Arizona Republic, Paradise Valley Independent) but enjoy writing fiction pieces as well. I write poetry and short stories for children and adults. I keep connected to children’s literature through my participation as a BOOKPAL and PENCILPAL with the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s literacy program. I have also been involved with ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence for ten years as an adjudicator and/or board member, which keeps me in touch with the talented creations of so many playwrights.
I took creative writing and other classes at Paradise Valley Community College, placing in their annual Creative Writing Contest in 2003. It was there where I met Rita Ackerman and we shared our writing interests. We started Writers’ Inspiration Group, a weekly writing group, in 2005, and it has grown into an eclectic and caring group of writers honing their craft.
As most writers, I am filled with ideas for stories and books and plays and I strive to get those thoughts into an organized format so that I may share them with the world.
Write On! Cindi Reiss
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