Cindi Handley Goodeaux – Duval County Writer

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Cindi Handley Goodeaux lives in North Florida with her husband and muse. She is a proud mom, graphic designer wannabe, and sometime poet. She has even written blogs for other websites include Florida Blue Cross

Brief Bio

As a lifelong disability advocate, she serves on the board of her employer’s disability affinity group, advocating for rights for people with disabilities (PWD) in the workplace and statewide.

She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a professional member of the Cat Writers Association (CWA).

Cindi’s Artist Statement: I live life creatively, seeking to use my enthusiasm, knowledge, and humor to teach, motivate, inspire, and entertain.

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Books by Author

Jellibean Adventures Book 1: The Adventures of Princess Jellibean
Jellibean Adventures Book 2: Mama’s Map
Jellibean Adventures Book 3: When Cats Fly
Grandpa Moon

Swimming In My Soul: A Collection of Poetry

Author Interview

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

My Jellibean Adventures series is mean to have each book both stand on their own and build a body of work. I wrote to ensure that if a reader picked up book three and didn’t have the first two, they would still have an enjoyable story. When read in order, the series follows her journey, and each book leads into the next.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

In my latest book, When Cats Fly, Jellibean says that when she asked her father what a word meant, he would always tell her to look it up. At first, this frustrated her, but it developed her love of researching. This fact is based on my childhood experience. Growing up, I was incredibly frustrated that my father’s response was always to look it up for myself, but now I love learning new words and love to research topics.

Do you read your book reviews?

How do you deal with bad or good ones? I do read book reviews, but do so carefully digesting only helpful information when it seems negative. When I wrote the first version of Jellibean Adventures Book 1, I published it without images and asked a friend to review it. She was unexpectedly candid in her review, but her feedback leads me to rewrite a section to create a safer situation for Jellibean. What she pointed out was not a perspective I’d considered.

What is your favorite childhood book?
One of my favorite childhood books was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. Our principal would read from this book daily to us, and it grew a love of creative writing in me.

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I am a retired medical office worker who sold everything, bought an old RV and began traveling around the state of Florida with her mother and youngest daughter. My mother has since passed and I work on my books, blogs and websites in the rural quiet of Suwannee County Florida.

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