Since the age of twelve, Cynthia has loved to write. Her first attempt was writing a play titled “Murder is Served”. Her neighborhood friends performed while she directed. The first performance was a hit with the parents. All scripts were handwritten, no computers existed, and Cynthia’s family had no typewriter. A sheet served as a curtain. A post-performance party was hosted by her mother.
At the age of eighteen, Cynthia started writing a book, “Love Among the Thorns”. School pressures and college preparation the following year prevented her from completing this novel.
In college, Cynthia wrote a term paper for second semester. freshman English. She submitted a rough draft titled “Child Abuse—The Silent Killer”. Her professor, Mr. Musselman, returned the paper; written in bold red letters was an “A+++”, along with the statement, “No need to submit a final—this is perfect and beyond anything expected! You have great writing talent!”
Due to her father’s influence, she pursued a career in business. Subsequently, she married and gave birth to a daughter.
Cynthia worked at IBM in New York for five years and rose quickly from the secretarial pool in Corporate Headquarters to Stockholder Relations in New York, and then to Assistant Manger of Computer Library Services in White Plains, New York.
After her daughter was born, she moved to Florida and pursued cosmetology. This allowed Cynthia a varied schedule to spend time with her daughter.
A few years later, she returned to college in pursuit of a career in nursing. After serving as Charge Nurse for several years on a Progressive Coronary floor, she developed several gastric and duodenal ulcers and found it necessary to join the staff of Labor and Delivery. She also teaches CPR to staff personnel.
Finally inspired by her favorite singing idol to write again, Cynthia finished her first novel, Front Row Center, a hot, new novel centered around every fan’s dream, to have their performing idol fall in love with them. She has also written, “What A Night!”, a short story to be published in an anthology of short stories titled “Storytellers” by Carol Givner.
Front Row Center takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of love and romance, with plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages throughout the book.
Sequel books based on Front Row Center are planned to follow.
Barry Manilow captured the essence of the times during the first concert I attended at Carnegie Hall on a chilly November evening in New York in 1974. I was fortunate to be seated in the center seat of the second row. He sang of hope and love.
Barry continued to communicate this same message in his Tampa concert at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 30, 2004, with just as much unbeatable talent and emotion. Each new performance surpasses the previous one, as Barry’s artisty is boundless. His talent is unstoppable and he is a showman’s showman. The emotions and images his music evokes touch the hearts of all who listen.
Barry sells every song from the depth of his heart, revealing the caring person that he is. His musical career is unparalleled by any other. At every turn, he inspires and lifts spirits. His music is just one of many gifts he has given the world, as he impacts the lives of all who listen to his words of courage, love, and hope.
His longstanding advice to “Follow your dream” and “Take a chance”, as well as his music, inspired me to venture into the realm of writing. It is with my most heartfelt sincerity and admiration that I say to Mr. Manilow, “Thank you for the years of beautiful music, beautiful memories, courage, and the inspiration you have given me. You continue to motivate my desire to follow my love of words and passion.”
To Mr. Barry A. Manilow, who has been the sole inspiration for the creation and ultimate completion of this literary work. His passionate lyrics and beautiful music inspired and gave me the courage to undertake an art form that I hold dear to my heart.
Mr. Manilow’s advice to “Follow your dream” provided me with steadfast determination to remain faithful to my goal. It is with the deepest and most sincere respect and admiration that I dedicate my first book, Front Row Center, to Mr. Manilow.
First, for all the countless rewrites and critiquing, I am indebted to my dear and loving husband, Mitch, who never once uttered a discouraging word, and kept me supplied with endless cups of coffee.
Second, to Mark Dye, who answered my numerous questions regarding the music industry and made suggestions in the technical area of music production, I want to express my heartfelt thanks.
Third, to Adrienne Dye, for her loving support and advice.
Fourth, to Karen Toth, an avid reader, who made numerous recommendations for improvement, and supported my efforts, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Fifth, to Mick Ferrari, who made me laugh, while offering suggestions for alternative plots, pacing, and keeping my spirits up through the most daunting moments, I thank you for being there.
Sixth, and certainly not the least, to Carol Givner, my editor. You have my heartfelt thanks for working tirelessly, sharing your wonderful editing talent and teaching me the fine points of developing a rough draft into a polished manuscript. Your instruction and encouragement were invaluable. I am grateful for all the long and enjoyable phone conversations where you imparted your expertise so freely. Carol, you are one in a million with boundless knowledge and an asset to any author.