A Good Home, An Honest House, Author Cynthia Reyes, Book Interviews, Books, Canadian life, Inspiration, PTSD

Up Close and Personal

I have good news to share: my second book comes out this spring.

I can hardly believe it.

When a radio interviewer asked me in 2014 about a second book, I told her I’d started a sequel to A Good Home but had run away from it. In the new book I had bravely/foolishly decided to confront what it’s like to live with PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder — and it terrified me.

I embarked on a gardening book instead. After all, I love gardening. But I hate PTSD!


No-one pushed me to return to the book I’d dropped, but something happened that made me see that I had to face my monsters again — in writing.

My thanks to everyone who has encouraged and helped me along the way. In addition to family and close friends, I’ve had one doctor encouraging me to “Write!”; one therapist-researcher-writer who directly contributed to the book; two mentors, two editors, one publisher; one painter and one photographer; great beta readers and one discussion guide producer.

Book Cover AHH - Painting by S. MacKendrick
Cover painting by S. MacKendrick

I hope the book will inspire discussions – among families and friends; in book clubs and workplaces; among therapists, doctors and others. I imagine some will discuss what happens in a  family when one member is seriously incapacitated; some may talk about the nature of survival and faith; therapists and doctors may discuss the treatment of PTSD and Chronic Pain and why both are so hard to accept, especially by the people afflicted with them.

And I hope all readers will reflect on love and courage. Both are recurring topics in this book.  (And most of the courage isn’t mine, by the way.)

The Canada Council for the Arts recognized my writing with a small grant to pay for some of the expenses involved in writing a book like this. Thank you, Canada Council, for that vote of confidence. 

Above all, this book is an up-close and personal look at a much-changed life.  Some of it is painful, some parts hilarious, and some are both.  

The book – An Honest House – comes out in June. 

Book Cover Promo - Coming Soon




105 thoughts on “Up Close and Personal”

  1. Cynthia, as one of the beta readers, I know this book will be enjoyed by its many readers, and useful to all in its exploration of PTSD. Congrats on the Canada Council grant.

  2. Congratulations on your second book and courage Cynthia. I bet a lot of people will be helped by your book and courage to share your journey with PSTD. Being honest & vulnerable can be hard, but seems to be a connector and healer.
    hugs and blessings….

  3. Congratulations, Cynthia! I loved your first book and look forward to reading your 2nd. I think of you often as I, and many others who love her, navigate through the difficulty of one of my best friend’s traumatic brain injury. It’s sad and painful but at the same time has brought our core group that much closer. People have encouraged me to write but I’ve lost all desire, hoping it returns at some point. Hope you’re feeling well. 🙂

    1. You’ve made a big new start in your life, so of course the desire for other big endeavours has gone away. It may well return and I’ll be here to cheer you on, Geralyn. Thanks for your comment and I’m pleased to hear that you and your core group have joined hands to support your mutual friend. Brain injury can be so tough for the person who’s afflicted as well as those who love them.

  4. Such great news! Congratulations on being an accomplished author, Cynthia, and an honest one to boot!

  5. Congratulations Cynthia! I admire your honesty and openness and look forward to reading your new book.

  6. Congratulations, dear Cynthia. It’s your honest mix of “hilarious” with “painful” that make me love your writing. I can’t wait to read your new book.
    Bountiful blessings on your book launch ~ Wendy

    1. Thank you, Wendy. Bountiful blessings are a great wish indeed. I think my life has been hilarious all along, but I was just too furious to see beyond the pain. Now I am, and that’s a good thing.
      Grace and peace, and laughter.

    1. Haha… you made me laugh. Thank you for that enthusiastic response! Yes, you will be able to pre-order, and I sure hope the book lives up to your high standards!

  7. I am looking forward to reading your new book Cynthia, as I really enjoyed your first one, good luck for the launch and I am sure you will have many readers, both new and old. x

    1. Sarah, I’m sorry you have to deal with PTSD too. I don’t wish it on anyone. What an awful thing!

      I thank you for the way you support my writing and the creativity of others. It matters.

    1. Exciting times, indeed, Kerry. Thank you.
      Of course, as a recovering coward, I do feel the temptation to take a hike out of town when the book comes out. (OK, alright, I can run but I can’t hike…)

    1. Thank you, Laurie. I’m so glad you like the cover. As will artist Stephanie MacKendrick, whose house series is fabulous. My family is honoured that she chose to paint a picture of the farmhouse.

    1. Kev: you’ve published several books, you prolific author you. So you know how I’m feeling now. Happy it’s done, but a bit nervous. Okay, alright: more than a bit. Thanks for the opportunity, Kev. Your kindness to other authors is a gift.

  8. Toutes mes félicitations pour cette nouvelle parution et publication. Je te souhaite plein de succès et que cet investissement soit récompensé et accueilli à juste titre !

  9. Cynthia
    Do allow me to join your host of admirers and congratulate you for using your challenges as motivating factors as you share your talents with all of us
    May you continue to grow where you are planted
    Pamela Appelt

  10. Absolutely can’t wait to read it! I am going to dust off “A Good Home” when I finish reading the current book I’m on and give it a re-read, for good measure. So very happy for you, and proud. You rock on!

    1. You are so right Allen. I am dying of pain from all this sitting at the computer, but I am also very happy that I’ve come this far. I told my husband this morning that people only write books because – as with childbirth — they forget how painful it was the time before!

  11. Congratulations dear Cynthia. Not just for the publication of your second book but also for facing your demons and writing about the thing that makes you most unhappy. I am sure that your experiences will help others especially as you always write with compassion, understanding and wit.

  12. This is so exciting! I enjoy your humor, and really appreciate what I have read so far about some of your suffering, and challenges. You have a gentle and earnest way about you that is so endearing.

    1. Adrienne: How good to hear from you. and I’m sorry to hear your foster daughter has PTSD. I hope my book will help in some small way, though I didn’t understand it and was the world’s angriest patient.

      1. Lucky for us our little girl isn’t super angry–she’s more scattered and frightened–but it’s still sometimes a struggle for her to get through the day. We have seen some major improvements now that she’s in a stable environment though–time is a good healer.

  13. Congratulations, Cynthia. I’m sure your new book will be as well received as your first. I’m sure it took a lot of courage to face the monsters again.

  14. As often, I am late to reading this blog post. As always I wish you well, in sharing this creation of yours with the world and everything else. Struggles shared may lessen someone else’s, and that’s a very good thing. When the sharing is leavened with humour that’s even better. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Congratulations! (and thanks to all those who encouraged you to write it)

  15. Wow! How exciting! I cannot wait to to get into an Honest House!
    I am so pleased you got a little help with expenses.
    This is wonderful news!
    Thank you for sharing; and lots of love!

  16. Congratulations! It takes time, strength and courage to share and inspire others, you have made an incredible investment in what you will gift others, hope. Huge hugs.

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