Cynthia Hickey headshotI’ve been making up stories since I was little. Almost since the time I learned to read. Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a teacher. Being an author didn’t occur to me in any shape or form, although I always wrote my stories down. No, I was pretty emphatic about being a teacher.

Funny how God often has other plans. I didn’t go to college (kind of need to in order to be a teacher). I got married right out of high school when my boyfriend joined the Air Force. It wasn’t until my second marriage and almost twenty years later that I became a teacher of sorts. First, girl scouts, then Sunday school for ten years, then foster care for nine more years, then I worked in an Elementary School as a Detention Monitor. Maybe not a teacher in the normal sense, but still a teacher all the same.

And, I kept on writing my stories down. While working at the Elementary School, I had opportunities to write while supervising students. As time went by, I wrote more and dealt less with children. My dream was changing.

Or…was teaching ever what I was meant to do in the first place? Was I stepping outside of God’s will for me? Sure, I was ministering, in a way, to His flock, but did God want me to take all those story ideas He gave me and put them in the pages of a book?

I entered a time of introspection. Now, with one teenager still at home, God has given me the gift of full-time writing. Isn’t it funny how He can change your dream? Or did He?

Please leave a comment to be entered in my giveaway today of one print copy of In A Texas Ranger’s Arms.


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Book Blurb:


After her unscrupulous stepfather accuses her of being a thief, a horrified Katie hopes to hide out until she can prove otherwise. But slipping into obscurity in a small Texas town isn’t so easy. Not with Texas Ranger Ward Alston on her tail.

Ward’s used to getting his man—or woman. But he’s not used to the accused being so resolute in her innocence or so beautifully appealing. As he uncovers the truth, Ward realizes this Harvey Girl isn’t all she seems. Together, can they evade danger and obey the law of their own hearts?

Cynthia Hickey (Melton)



Author of Bestselling Summer Meadows mystery series

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  1. Hi Cynthia! Welcome to the Junction. We’re so happy to have you visit with us. It’s always a pleasure. Over the course of 60 some odd years, my dreams have changed lots of times. But when I was in high school, I really wanted to become a lawyer. Since I came from a very poor family and there was no assistance of any kind at that time, that dream quickly faded and I became more realistic. I’d always written short stories, poems, etc. so I started writing more and more. That led to getting published but only after many years of sending my manuscripts out only to have them rejected. God certainly had a plan. I can look back now and see why it was necessary to take the path I did.

    Wishing you much success! You have another great book.

  2. I love the cover and title of your book! It is truly amazing how God works our lives out. I am so glad that God worked in your life so that you could become an author. I look forward to reading your books!

  3. Welcome, welcome, Cynthia! I love knowing how writers came to be…well, writers. Sounds like you’re embarking on an exciting new journey in your career. Nothing like being able to devote so much time to your calling. Congrats!

  4. Lovely book cover, Cynthia! I’m glad you have finally “settled” into your stride now with writing your books and sharing them them with readers. It must feel like you are in the right place now…right where you should be. Best wishes on many future books and success!

  5. Judy Garland played a Harvey Girl in an old time 40’s movie about the Harvey Girls and how they got started but I can’t think of the name…I just remember enjoying it. Tthink I would like your book as well.

  6. Enjoyed reading this. I’ve never felt real sure what GOD’s plans were for me. This book sounds like one I would really enjoy. Please put my name in the hat. Would sure love to win. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  7. Hi Cynthia, I had a dream of being a teacher for years. I never finished a college degree but I did teach sign language for a while. I also had a dream of being a nurse working in the operating room. I never became a nurse but I did become a surgical tech and worked for six years hand in hand with surgeons in the operating room. I loved the job but it wasn’t what I was meant to do as I had to leave that job because of a bum knee and a foot that needs a bone graft but no one will do it as it will leave me having stress fractures for the rest of my life. Now I am doing a job that I dislike but my mind is continuing to create story ideas. Oh, yeah, my ultimate dream has always been to write. Now I’m just trying to carve out the time to do so.

    Thank you for your post. I would love to win a copy of your book.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Wonderful testimony. It is always exciting when God reveals His plans for oneself and seems to part the way for a smooth transition. How blessed you are! I’m looking forward to reading your book and seeing how God’s will plays out in the characters.

  9. As long as your life is moving in a direction that makes you happy, enjoy it! I’m glad that you found your calling.

    Katie on the run as a Harvey Girl! I’m excited to find out how she proves her innocence to Texas Ranger Ward and the Court. I’d love to read your book, IN A TEXAS RANGER’S ARMS.

    Thanks for sharing your life’s journey. It gives all of us hope in the search for fulfillment of our dreams.

    johns lake at usa dot com

  10. I would love to win a copy of your book. By the description this is going to be a good read. Thanks for the chance. Loved your article also.

  11. It is crazy to look back on what we wanted to be when growing up and what we are now. God leads us on wonderful paths we would never have even known. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I’d love to read your book! My dreams have always been in flux as I’ve followed God’s path for my life, and it’s been wonderful 🙂

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