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Cynthia Kern OBrien

Cynthia Kern OBrien
BIOGRAPHY

A Disability Story of Courage, Kindness, and Acceptance.
Marky the Magnificent Fairy is now available for order.
Markybook.com
Story Monster Press

Cynthia Kern OBrien is the author of the A True Story by Granny debut picture book series:
I Used to be a Fairy…
The Tooth Fairy and the Baby Elf…
I Don't Want to Go to Preschool, the Fairy Queen Calls…
Each of these stories are based on true events and almost entirely word for word exchanges. Spinning these tales with her grandchildren for years OBrien finally put pen to paper in 2018 so her grandchildren would not forget.
OBrien found inspiration for her writing in her grandchildren’s worldview, as well as aspiring to teach young readers caring, and kindness for people, and animals of all stripes establishing Pickles House Publications, an independent publishing house named for her adorable Maltese mix, Pickles.
She credits illustrator and close friend Gillen for guiding her through the publishing process. “I am so thankful for the kindness of Rosemarie, who has stayed by my side all the way,” she says. “It is her illustrations that bring these stories to life!”

Early on her book series became a Readers Favorite and multi-award-winning recipient: Mom’s Choice Award, New York Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite; Hindi Libraries Females of Fiction Silver Award finalist, Independent Press Award; American Book Fest Parenting and Family Recommended; Outstanding Creator Award winner, Literary Titan Award, 2020 American Fiction Award Children’s Picture Book; Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; Story Monsters Approved, School Life Category; First Place, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, Parenting Award; First Place, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, Picture Books 6 & older, and a CIBA Semi-Finalist.

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I Don't Want to go to Preschool The Fairy Queen Calls... a True Story by Grannyby Cynthia Kern OBrienPublish: Aug 09, 2020Series: True Stories by GrannyFantasy Children's Parenting
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Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairyby Cynthia Kern OBrienPublish: Jan 10, 2023Fantasy Children's Advice & How To Parenting
I Used to be a Fairy...a True Story by Granny
(1) Paperback,
I Used to be a Fairy...a True Story by Grannyby Cynthia Kern OBrienPublish: Feb 21, 2019Series: True Stories by GrannyFantasy Children's Parenting
The Toothfairy and the Baby Elf... a True Story by Granny
(1) Paperback,
The Toothfairy and the Baby Elf... a True Story by Grannyby Cynthia Kern OBrienPublish: Sep 30, 2019Series: True Stories by GrannyHumor Fantasy Children's Parenting

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Cynthia Kern OBrien's Awards and Achievements

    Cynthia Kern OBrien has earned excellence awards over time. Here is the glimpse of the accolades clinched by the author.

  • Best Short Script / Screenplay
    2023

    Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

    award
  • Reader Views Kids
    2023

    Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

    award
  • Outstanding Creator Award Winner
    2023

    Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

    award
  • NFPW
    2023

    Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

    award
  • Hindi Libraries Females of Fiction Silver Award
    2022

    Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

    award
  • Literary Titan
    2022

    Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

    award
  • Mom's Choice Silver Award
    2022

    I Don't Want to go to Preschool The Fairy Queen Calls... a True Story by Granny

    award
  • NYC Big Book Award
    2021 award
  • Purple Dragonfly Winner, School Issues
    2021 award
  • Independent Press Award, Distinguished Favorite
    2021 award
  • Chanticleer Little Peeps Book Award Semi-Finalist
    2021

    I Don't Want to go to Preschool The Fairy Queen Calls... a True Story by Granny

    award
  • Story Monsters Approved Winner, Picture Books Ages 3-8
    2021 award
  • Purple Dragonly Winner, Picture Books 6 & Older
    2020 award
  • American Fiction Award Children's Picture Book
    2020 award
  • Royal Dragonfly Winner Picture Books 6 & Older
    2020 award
  • Royal Dragonfly First Place Parenting Category
    2020 award
  • Story Monsters Approved Winner, School Life Category
    2020 award
  • Readers Favorite 5 Stars
    2020 award
  • Story Monsters Approved Winner, Picture Books Ages 3-8
    2019 award
  • Readers Favorite 5 Stars
    2019 award
  • Readers Favorite 5 Stars
    2019 award
  • Purple Dragonfly First Place Picture Books 6 & Older
    2019 award

Cynthia Kern OBrien Interview On 07, Oct 2022

"Indie Author Cynthia OBrien found inspiration for her writing in her grandchildren’s worldview. In her early years, she worked in a department store dressing the mannequins and setting up window displays throughout the store. She has been in I.T. since the early 80s and has watched business evolve from typing with carbon paper to paperless. She has won several awards for her books over the years."
What are some of your favorite childhood memories?

Playing outdoors! I can remember a time when you never wanted to be inside. As kids we would collaborate our imaginations to create something fun and new to do every day.

Out of all the day jobs that you have had, which one gave you the best time of your life?

In my early years I worked in a department store dressing the mannequins and setting up window displays throughout the store. It was a so fun!

What made you decide to finally begin writing your own books?

That was a happy accident! I had spent the afternoon working in the garden with my then 5-year-old granddaughter. We stopped to eat some lunch, and she suddenly asked me “how long have you been a fairy?” That one question set off a chain of events. The first book was just a fun project with her and is a word for word recount of the day’s discussions. At the time I did not know you were supposed to have books edited; I have never edited that first book as I see it as more of a journaled memory than I do a “published” book.

What are the challenges of writing stories based on true events?

Looking back, I think it is learning how to tell the story in a way that allows readers to become part of the event. The first 2 books were true stories. I did not know how to do that at the time, but I have since learned a lot from them.

Where did you first meet Gillen?

Rosemarie Gillen was listed as a recommended illustrator on a Publishers site. I am so thankful for Rosemarie and all she has done to guide and support me. She is a kind and giving person and she helped me tremendously. I had to learn this industry and it is completely different than the industry I have been in for the last 40 years.

What inspired you to write the book ‘Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy’? What is this book about?

Writing Marky has been a very emotional journey. The book has always been about a Fairy who could not fly because she had a small wing, but she could still do so many other things. However, it began to evolve into much more as I started talking to teachers, doctors, families, and others who work with and/or live with special needs children. I am so blessed and fortunate to have partnered with Linda Radke and the Storymonsters.com team on this book. The entire team fell in love with Marky as I did. It has been a passion project for all of us. Marky the Magnificent Fairy is written with the intent of eliciting back and forth discussions with children at home or in the classroom. This book is about diversity, inclusion, bullying, disabilities, kindness, believing in yourself, self-love, confidence, acceptance, positivity, and compassion. No matter what age you are.

Did you expect your novel, I Don't Want to go to Preschool The Fairy Queen Calls to win Mom's Choice Silver Award?

This is my 3rd book in the series and by this time I am starting to apply what I have learned about writing books from a child’s perspective. I was hopeful I would win something but was proud to win the Silver. It validated I am moving in the right direction, and I have surrounded myself with a good support team.

"I Used to be a Fairy" is a wonderfully written story. When did you share this story with your granddaughter, Chloe?

She helped me write it, at that time it was just a fun project, and we were documenting the day! The best part was giving her a printed copy of the book. She was so proud.

What was your reaction when The Tooth Fairy and the Baby Elf received a Readers Favorite International Book Award?

Surprised and so appreciative!

How important is reading for an author? What kinds of books do you like to read?

For me, reading as an author and reading for enjoyment are two separate experiences. When reading as an author I now see books differently. I have an appreciation for what goes into the process, and why having a talented and supportive team is so important.

Would you ever consider ditching your identity, and reforming yourself into a whole new life? How would you like it to be?

Lol, I guess that depends on if I get to be 40 years younger!

How will book writing evolve?

That is a great question. I have been in I.T. since the early 80’s and have watched business evolve from typing with carbon paper to paperless. My hope is we do not lose the “heart of the story” with automation and mass production.

When are you most satisfied with a book or piece of writing? Do you often edit things OUT of your books?

This has continued to evolve as I continue to study and learn. My current book Marky the Magnificent Fairy has been an emotional journey and something I “felt” in my gut, I just knew. I did edit a lot, but then placed it in the hands of my “magnificent” team at Story Monsters for their expertise.

What book ideas are you currently working on?

We are still busy rolling out Marky the Magnificent Fairy which is currently in Pre-Order. We have just placed an order of Tomo plushies and will hopefully have them available for sale soon. We are currently updating my website Pickles House Publications to accommodate it all. …However, there is a dystopian novel I started outlining a year ago, the question is am I brave enough to conquer it?

How has your experience at AllAuthor been?

The AllAuthor team has been easy to work with, which I am grateful for. When starting out it takes time to find your way, having someone there to help you along is priceless. And I love that you are asking ME questions, it’s so fun!

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      • The writing and self publishing of my first book was just a fun project with my Granddaughter. By the end of the first book I realized I need to "learn" the process and the industry, not just create a book for the sake of doing so. I am so fortunate to have met wonderful people along the way who guided me and I have and still do my "homework" - there is so much to still learn.
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      • It started off more like an accident and I am just now becoming inspired...odd to say but I have spent the last 38 years in the I.T. industry so creative thinking has been a definite re-wiring of the brain.
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