Cynthea Liu is author of BIKE ON, BEAR! (Simon & Schuster), which is an Illinois Reads title and the Oklahoma Book Award winner in 2016. PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE (Putnam) is a humorous mystery novel for grades 4-7, and THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA (grades 7-12) is part of Speak’s bestselling S.A.S.S. series. Her picture book WOOBY AND PEEP (ages 4-8) was a Barnes & Noble Summer selection. Cynthea’s forthcoming titles are GUS LOVES CINDERELLA (Disney/Random House), FLOUNDER LOVES ARIEL (Disney/Random House), and DISNEY PRINCESS STORYBOOK COLLECTION (Disney Book Group). She has also ghostwritten a bestselling chapter book title for Disney/Random House.
Based in Chicago, Cynthea has spoken to a number of schools in Illinois and across the country. She has also been a guest speaker for national 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 had the opportunity to speak locally and regionally for the Illinois School Media Library Association, the Illinois Reading Council, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Chicago Teacher-Librarians Association.
Cynthea is a frequent guest author for local family literacy nights and young author conferences. She is also a writing coach and faculty member for conferences associated with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and local universities and colleges. She has been featured on ABC’s Chicago 7 and the Chicago Sun Times.
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.
Her humorous picture book for children ages 4 to 8, BIKE ON, BEAR! is available now! Cynthea is author of THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA, a novel for teens and a part of Speak’s bestselling S.A.S.S. series; PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE, an amusing middle-grade mystery novel with G.P. Putnam’s Sons; and WOOBY AND PEEP. 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 woman behind WritingforChildrenandTeens.com, a top ten Web site on the subject; a contributor to THE NEW WRITER’S HANDBOOK, Volume 2, A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career, edited by Philip Martin.
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.