Author, Cynthia Reyes
Author Cynthia Reyes

 I’m a passionate gardener and writer, and am happiest digging around in the dirt. I’ve also written several bestselling books, including A Good Home  An Honest House, and the richly illustrated Twigs in My Hair, A Gardening Memoir

My children’s illustrated Myrtle the Purple Turtle  books have also been successes and have received excellent reviews. 

I’m a former journalist, producer-director, trainer and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of my programs appeared on network television. Along the way, I won national and international awards, including The Children’s Broadcast Institute Award , The Trailblazer Award and The Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.

In October 2016, the country of my birth, Jamaica, inducted me into the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank, in recognition of my work in international journalism. That honour brought me to tears.


Today, years after a life-changing event, I write.

I write about home. In the bricks-and-mortar sense, yes. But I also write about the villages, towns, cities and homelands we call “home” and our relationships with and in them.  I’ve been writing ‘on the side’ for decades, no matter what job I had.

My books for children were first inspired when I realized that my young daughter was distressed by something that happened to her at school. 

Years after I first wrote this bedtime story to comfort my daughter, Myrtle the Purple Turtle was published to great acclaim from reviewers and readers alike and  recognized with an award.  My daughter Lauren Reyes- Grange, a gifted storyteller, became co-author of the series.

 A Good Home, a bestseller for months, was written over many years. The story begins in a tiny, magical, pink farmhouse in the Jamaican countryside and ends in another farmhouse — this one, a sprawling, historic place near Toronto, Canada with many stories of its own.

An Honest House  won the 2016 Diamond Award for Book of the Year. It’s an intimate portrayal of a family dealing with hard truths after a life-changing event. Despite those realities — and setbacks — this family is determined to express love, find courage and celebrate their blessings.

Twigs in My Hair is a stroll through the gardens and gardeners I have loved. Gardening was an instrument of grace during my toughest years. It also taught me to laugh again, because gardening can be a crazy hobby!

I’m thankful to the many readers who write to me – marvelous, moving letters about my books’ or blog’s impact on their lives.

On this blog, you’ll find posts that vary from the serious to the ridiculous. (Ridiculous, because life gets so challenging at times, a person has to find the humour in it.) This blog, and my blogging community, have been a cherished part of my life in recent years. You’re welcome to join us.

THANK YOU for visiting. 


29 thoughts on “About”

  1. I wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog. I happened upon a post of yours where you go to lunch with friends who all share chronic pain in common. This is a subject that I know next to nothing about, although my boyfriend (who I live with) has the problem. I’m going to keep hanging around and see if I can gain some insights. Anything to help relieve the stress of it at this point. My best, Rose

  2. Hi, Thank you for liking a post I made about Austin Macauley publisher looking for new submissions. I’m glad that anybody found the information useful, I wasn’t sure anyone would when I posted it on my blog. 🙂

  3. So glad to have ‘met’ you, Cynthia. I’m going to enjoy following you and greatly look forward to reading your memoirs. I have loved my own house renovating projects, and sense several strands of shared interests just in my initial glance through your site. See you around!!

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