Cindy Hiday got her break in publishing when she "jumped from a perfectly good plane" and wrote about the experience in a community college workshop. The Oregonian bought theessay, "One jump makes a proud skydiver," even though it was 200 words too long. She hasn't jumped out of anymore airplanes, but has gone on to publish and win awards in romantic fiction, and contributed a monthly newsletter column, "Working the Web," for the local Romance Writers of America. When her Mt. Hood Community College mentor retired in 1999, she stepped forward as part-time instructor of the Professional Novel & Memoir Writingprogram. She divides her time between mentoring the latest group of writing talent and working on the next novel. Currently a member of Willamette Writers, Cindy lives in Oregon with her husband and four-legged friends.