Cynthea Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff–writing for children.
Cynthea is the President of Starts With Us, a children’s publishing company that seeks to empower youth to make an impact by pursuing
their talents and interests. She is also a creative services consultant for the children’s and teen sector, an author, a ghostwriter, and an editor for private client publishers and aspiring authors.
Cynthea is also author of BIKE ON, BEAR! (Simon & Schuster), which is an Illinois Reads title and the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award winner. Her middle-grade novel PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE with Penguin was a Scholastic Book Club selection. Her YA novel THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA for Puffin‘s S.A.S.S.bestselling series was a NoveList Grab N’ Go selection and an APALA selection. Her picture book WOOBY AND PEEP, published by Sterling was a Barnes and Noble summer selection. Her picture book BIKE ON, BEAR! was published by Simon & Schuster in June 2015 and was selected for the Illinois Reads list for 2016 chaired by Secretary of State Jesse White. She also has chapter books, picture books, and board book titles to be published with Penguin Random House and Disney.
Cynthea has also authored WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE, a popular nonfiction book for aspiring writers, and edited I TOOK THE DARE: 1 BOOK. 1 SOCIAL EXPERIMENT. 18 YOUNG WRITERS, an anthology of stories about self-improvement from eighteen young writers. Cynthea is also the ghostwriter behind a bestselling chapter book novel from Random House Disney, and her titles have been translated into multiple languages, including German, Korean, and Chinese.
Cynthea is also the woman behind WritingforChildrenandTeens.com
Cynthea has spoken to a number of schools in Illinois and across the country. She has also been a guest speaker for national and regional
conferences organized by the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Association for Library Services to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association, among others. In addition, Cynthea has been a guest author and writing coach for organizations like the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Chicago Young Authors, MuseWrite, and local universities and colleges. She has also been featured on ABC’s Chicago 7 and the Chicago Sun Times.