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Cindi Carver-Futch grew up writing stories, singing into a hairbrush, and practicing her Academy Award acceptance speech walking home from school. 

She never made it to Hollywood, but worked in regional theater, music, and arts management. She also continued to write stories. In 1996, she published her first award-winning short story, Game for a Name, and promptly quit creative writing. “I thought it was a fluke and I should quit while I was ahead,” she says. Instead she moved into the technical writing field, where she has had a successful career for over 20 years. 

After giving birth to her daughter late in life and struggling with postpartum depression, she rediscovered her love and need for creative writing in her mid-40s. She has not stopped writing since. 

She was a national blogger for Skirt! magazine and published her first book, Leaving The Shallows: Stories From a Life Lived Deeply, on the eve of her 50th birthday, proving George Eliot right when she wrote: 

            “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” 

Cindi's work has been featured in a show of live readings called Listen to Your Mother: Charleston, She was part of the inaugural cast in 2014 (her reading can be seen here) and was selected to participate again in 2016 with a story about her experience with postpartum depression. 

She is the recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina at Aiken and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. 

Cindi lives near Charleston, SC with her husband, daughter, two dogs and an occasional foreign exchange student. You can also follow Cindi at her Facebook authors page or on Twitter (although she is a self-admitted "twitdiot", she will do her best to follow you back!).

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