Cyndy Gatewood is a writer of Women's Fiction, as well as a mental health advocate, sharing her personal story on various platforms in hopes of helping others feel less alone.
She lives just outside of Charlotte, NC with her husband and three kids, where she enjoys reading, traveling with her family, watching her kids play sports, and of course, writing her next book.
From an early age, Cyndy knew she wanted to be a writer - from typing out short stories on her typewriter at eight years old, to starting a neighborhood newspaper at just ten. Writing was always more than just a hobby in her childhood.
For Cyndy, writing was her fire.
But a series of tragic events from her teenage years into early adulthood prevented her from following that dream.
After her single mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Cyndy's world was turned upside down.
At just sixteen, she often missed school to drive her mother to chemotherapy and radiation appointments, while battling a new found way to numb her own pain - drugs and alcohol.
Then in her early twenties, after losing her mom and developing depression and worsening addictions, Cyndy knew she had to make a change.
She realized, as Mel Robbins once said, "No one is coming to save you."
That's when she made the life altering decision to turn it all around - giving up all the people, places, and things she once knew to create the life she always wanted.
In 2017, Cyndy picked up the proverbial pen and began writing again, sharing her first ever blog post on Facebook. The post, a plea to dads to take more pictures of the mother of their children - aptly titled, "Dear Dads" - immediately went viral, garnering the attention of national media outlets including, but not limited to:
The Today Show, Us Weekly, HuffPost, People, and ABC News.
It was the spark that relit the flame.
Fast forward to now - Cyndy is living her dream. She spends her days writing books and sharing pieces of her life to her
47k+ followers on various
social media accounts.
While her books are purely fiction, Cyndy uses her experiences to fuel her creativity and inspire much of her work. She pulls from the emotions of her past traumas to bring her characters and their
stories to life.
As one reader said, "Cyndy's writing pulls at the heartstrings of readers, leaving them changed, and in tears, by the time the final page is read."
Cyndy and her husband of fifteen years live just outside of Charlotte, NC with their three kids (13, 12, 10) and their two dogs, Charlie and Moose.
Her highly anticipated debut novel,
Before I Go, is soon to be released.
Annie Whitmore has it all.
A successful husband.
Two amazing children.
A life she used to dream of as a girl growing up in an abusive household.
But lately she's found herself facing unexpected anxiety and depression as memories of the tragic events of her past are brought to light.
As Annie embarks on a journey of healing, her first love, Josh, reappears after fifteen years - complicating things even more.
Sparks fly, and just when she thinks she's finally got it all figured out, tragedy strikes in Annie's life again.
She suddenly realizes
nothing was ever as it seemed.
And when she receives a letter revealing an unimaginable secret, Annie is forced to question whether everything she thought was real was all a selfish act of betrayal, or an incredible act of selfless love.
Before I Go is a breathtaking story about the secrets we keep, the ties that bind, and the lengths we'll go to protect the ones we love.