Articles By and About
Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia, her books, and this Web site, have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Book Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, Horn Book Magazine, The Topeka Capitol-Journal, Library Talk, Once Upon A Time, Book Links, Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, The Journal of Bibliotherapy, Writer’s Digest, American Western Magazine, Families-First.com, and numerous other outlets.

Articles BY Cynthia

A Prayer to the Silent by Cynthia Leitich Smith from CBC Diversity (May 22, 2013).

Writing for the Long Haul by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Desert Dispatches (May 20, 2013).

Style & Story: How What Not to Wear Teaches About Writing by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Cynsations (May 2, 2013)

Why Picture Books are Important by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Picture Book Month (Dec. 1, 2011).

Cynthia Leitich Smith on Diabolical: From Literary Homage to Growing the Craft from Uma Krishnaswami at Writing with a Broken Tusk (Dec. 12, 2011).

It's Our World But... by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Amy LV at Sharing Our Notebooks (Oct. 6, 2011).

Up the Wattage: Highlighting Your Books & Byline by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Cynsations (Oct. 5, 2011).

Your Only Real Competition Is Yourself by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Adventures in Children's Publishing (Sept. 28, 2011).

Reflections on Influences for BLESSED by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Undercover: The Best YA Fiction from Walker Books (U.K.)(Sept. 2011).

Monsters and Metaphors: The Heart of Horror Writing from Cynsations (Aug. 22, 2011).

My Dream Job: Embracing the Full-time Writer's Life from Cynsations (Aug. 18, 2011).

"On Paranormal: More than Monsters" by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson (For Dummies, 2011).

Native Now: A Sense of Time and Place from Rasco from RIF (Nov. 1, 2010).

Ask Winston: Mitali Perkins and Cynthia Leitich Smith on Time Management from Kirby Larson at Kirby’s Lane (Aug. 31, 2010).

Writers Against Racism: Cynthia Leitich Smith, hosted by Amy Bowllan at Bowllan's Blog from School Library Journal (July 27, 2010).

Guest Dispatches: Cynthia Leitich Smith/Austin, Texas, hosted by Janni Lee Simner from Desert Dispatches (July 23, 2010).

Promote Your Book Like a Pro—Cynthia Leitich Smith —Top 6 1/2 List from Donna Gephart at Wild About Words (July 20, 2010).

Increasing Website Traffic: an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Darcy Pattison from PR Notes at Fiction Notes (July 7, 2010).

Where Stories Are Made: Cynthia Leitich Smith from Book Chick City (May 13, 2010).

"Work, e-Chat, Love" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (The Horn Book Magazine, March/April 2009)(p. 179).

"A Different Drum: Native American Writing" by Cynthia Leitich Smith, "Field Notes," (The Horn Book Magazine, July 2002)(p. 407). A discussion of the value and vulnerability of Native American writing styles in the mainstream market. 

"Hope, Heritage, and Heroes: Children and Teens Appreciate Themselves and Others by Reading Books" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Our Children, a publication of the National PTA, January/February, 2004).

"Interracial Themes in Children's and Young Adult Fiction" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Library Talk, January/February 2001).

Memoirs of a Writer's Summertime Reading by Cynthia Leitich Smith from The Bridge, Austin Public Library Programs for Youth (p. 2). In Adobe Acrobat, takes a couple of minutes to download, but worth the wait. Support your local public library!

"My Writing Life: Sounding the Virtual Trumpets" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Once Upon A Time, summer 2001).

"Native Now: Contemporary Indian Stories" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Book Links, December 2000).

"Social Justice in Native American Literature for Youth" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Journal of Children's Literature, spring 2005).

"Tell Tales for a Living: Children's Book Author" by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Career World, April/May 2005).

Articles ABOUT Cynthia

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Little Miss Train Wreck (Oct. 12, 2012).

An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Montgomery County (Texas) Book Festival (Feb. 2, 2012).

Revision Week: Cynthia Leitich Smith by Deborah Halverson from Dear Editor (March 5, 2012).

Focus on the Characters and Let Them Lead the Way: An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from All About Book Publishing (March 2012).

Savvy Sensation: Cynthia Leitich Smith from Laura B. Writer (March 24, 2012).

Author Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith on Writing a Series by Samantha Clark from Motivation for Writers (Feb. 4, 2012).

Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith on DIABOLICAL by Greg Leitich Smith from Cynsations (Jan. 25, 2012).

DIABOLICAL Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Jen Bigheart from I Read Banned Books (Jan. 25, 2012).

Welcome Cynthia Leitich Smith and DIABOLICAL from Joy Preble at Joy's Novel Idea (Jan. 25, 2012).

"We like to see aspects of ourselves reflected in the world of books." – Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Voicu Mihnea Simandan (Oct. 30, 2011).

The Cynsation of Cynthia Leitich Smith: Changing the World for Girls Through Media (Oct. 16, 2011). See also part two.

Bloggers on Blogging: Cynthia Leitich Smith from Megan Frazer (Sept. 21, 2011).

DEAR BULLY: Cynthia Leitich Smith Interview from Black Nailed Reviews (Sept. 8, 2011).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Jagged Edge Reviews (Aug. 1, 2011).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from The Gatekeepers Post (July 2011).

Blogger of Awesome-Successful Author Talk with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Mindy McGinnis from Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire (June 3, 2011).

Q & A with Cynthia Leitich Smith - The Author's Journey by Donna Bowman Bratton from Writing Down the Kidlit Page (June 2, 2011).

Bookends: Cynthia Leitich Smith from the Dallas Museum of Art (May 2011).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by M.G. Buehrlen from Young Adult Books Central (April 12, 2011).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Maureen McGowan from Get Lost in a Story (April 4, 2011).

Blessed Blog Tour coordinated by Teen {Book} Scene (Jan. 2011).

Cynthia Leitich Smith: Children's Book Author Interview by Aaron Mead from Children's Books & Reviews (Dec. 15, 2010).

Chatting with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Chris Eboch from The Spectacle (Dec. 20, 2010).

An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Stacey O'Neale from The Young Adult Fantasy Guide (Dec. 2010).

On Nailing the Kid-Friendly: Author Cynthia Leitich Smith — With Lots of Art from Barry Gott from Jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Dec. 1, 2010).

Pie-of-the-Month Club: Cynthia Leitich Smith from Heather Vogel Frederick (Nov. 23, 2010).

Inside the Writer's Studio with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Bethany Hegedus from Writer Friendly; Bookshelf Approved (Nov. 18, 2010).

10th Anniversary Author Interview by readers from Cynsations (Nov. 12, 2010).

Women Writers of Color: Cynthia Leitich Smith by Miss Attitude from Color Online (Nov. 10, 2010).

Get Ready for Holler Loudly: an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Shutta Crum (Oct. 28, 2010).

Cynthia Leitich Smith - Author Profile by Steven R. McEvoy from Book Reviews and More.

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Mundie Moms (Aug. 18, 2010).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith: Author of Eternal by J.E. from Fresh Dawgs' Book Blog (June 7, 2010).

Dancing and jingling and tantalizing: Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith—from A desi faerie spins stories of stars, jasmine in her hair... (June 3, 2010).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Naomi Canale from Dreams Can Be Reached (May 24, 2010).

Story Secrets: ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Holly Cupala: YA Author (May 20, 2010).

Cynthia Leitich Smith by Erin Moulton from The Day Job: A Writer’s Inquiry (April 19, 2010).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Kyra from Throwing Up Words (Dec. 11, 2009).

Cover Stories: ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith from Melissa Walker (Nov. 23, 2009).

Writing the True with Cynthia Leitich Smith from HipWriterMama (Nov. 18, 2009).

The Cynsational Cynthia Leitich Smith from Shelli at Market My Words (Feb 3, 2009).

Q & A with Author Cynthia Leitich Smith from Teen Book Blog (Dec. 22, 2008).

Cynthia Leitich Smith on Writing Horror/Fantasy: a Poised at the Edge Author Interview from Hello Ma'am (July 22, 2008).

Books That “Suck” Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith from The Compulsive Reader (July 14, 2008).

Authors in the Corner: Cynthia Leitich Smith: a new interview from From the Corners of Megan's Mind (June11, 2008).

Cynthia Leitich Smith on Fantasy, YA, and Vampires from Writers Interviewing Writers (Feb. 10, 2008).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Sarah Aronson at Through the Tollbooth (Dec. 12, 2007).

Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith from Darque Reviews (Oct. 30, 2007).

Seven Impossible Interviews Before Breakfast #34: The Kidlitosphere's Sweetheart, Cynthia Leitich Smith from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (June 25, 2007).

What's Fresh with Cynthia Leitich Smith's TANTALIZE? from YA Fresh (June 2007).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Debbi Michiko Florence (2007).

Going Goth: An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith from Suite101.com.

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith at Not Your Mother's Book Club (February 2007).

Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith at the YA Authors Café (February 2007).

"One Writer's Process: Cynthia Leitich Smith" from Wordswimmer. July 2006.

"Going All the Way in Teen Literature" by Marlene Perez, Young Adult Library Services: YALS. Winter 2006.

“Meet the Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith” by Toni Buzzeo, Library Sparks, Oct. 2005. An interview and reader’s theater of JINGLE DANCER.

Featured author, “Building A Better Future for Our Children and Our Community,” poster published by the Equal Opportunity division of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; featured in federal workplaces across the United States.

“100 History-Making Ethnic Women” by Sherry York (Library Media Connection, March 2004).

"Author Profile: Cynthia Leitich Smith" by Sharron L. McElmeel (Library Talk, March/April 2002).

"Cheering for Books: An Interview With Cynthia Leitich Smith" by Teri Lesesne (Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, October 2001).

"Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith," Austin Family. November 2003.

Children's Author Cynthia Leitich Smith: Caring Enough to Be Candid by Alexis Quinlan, nycBigCityLit.com. Part One. June 2002. Cynthia talks about subtlety, pushing young readers, politics in writing, authors she admires, and the ten year old within. Also read Part Two: Closing the Miles in Indian Shoes.

"Common Sense and Censorship: Thoughts About Young Adult Literature” by Kelly Burgess of Teenagers Today. May 2004.

"Contemporary Stories for Contemporary Children" by Sarah Ornstein, assistant children's librarian, from Cross Paths Museum News of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. A discussion of Cynthia's Native American themed books.

"Cynthia Leitich Smith," Children’s Authors and Illustrators Too Good To Miss: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies by Sharron L. McElmeel (Libraries Unlimited, 2004).

"Dear Writer: When Editorial Letters Invite Revision" by Esther Hershenhorn, 2003 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Writer's Digest, 2003). Features quotes from Cynthia Leitich Smith and editor Rosemary Brosnan about INDIAN SHOES (HarperCollins, 2002).

"Debuts that Deliver: Five New Authors and Their Readers Enjoy the Success of Freshman Efforts" by Kathleen Odean (Book Magazine, July 2000).

Fantasy Flourishes in Florida Forests by Holly Atkins of the St. Petersburg Times. March 11, 2002. Interview with author Piers Anthony concludes with quotes by site author Cynthia Leitich Smith on the enduring appeal of children's fantasy.

"How A Story Of Loss Can Add Insight" by Holly Atkins of The St. Petersburg Times, March 2002. Comments by the "You Gotta Read This" Book Club on RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME.

An Interview With Author Cynthia Leitich Smith by author Jane Kurtz. Spring 2002.

“Interview with author Cynthia Leitich Smith,” The Marion (Ohio) Star, August, 2005.

An Interview with Children's Author Cynthia Leitich Smith by Debbi Michiko Florence. Winter 2001-2002. Cynthia talks about her decision to write for children and teens, her Web site, and her hobbies and inspirations.

An Interview With Cynthia Leitich Smith by RoseEtta Stone from Absolute Write. Spring 2003. Cynthia talks about how she came to become a children's author, research, characterization, writing for different ages of young readers, her involvement in the children's writing community, having a writer spouse, and her on-and-offline resources for teachers and librarians. 

"Cynthia Leitich Smith Interview" by Nancy Picthall French (The Journal of Bibliotherapy, May 2000).

"INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith": an author interview by Julia Durango of By The Book. Fall 2002 (in celebration of grandparents' day).

An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Cheryl Coon from the Books To Grow With newsletter. (PDF file). July 2004.

"Jingle Dancing with Cynthia Leitich Smith" by Julia Durango of By the Book. Short interview with includes information about Cynthia's first two books and some of her favorite books as a reader. Fall 2000.

"KU Graduate Draws on Ancestry" by Jan Biles, The Lawrence Journal-World. April 2000.

“Meet the Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith” by Toni Buzzeo, Library Sparks, Oct. 2005. An interview and reader’s theater of JINGLE DANCER.

“Native Lawyer Finds Success Not In Courtroom But In Kids’ Books” by Anne Pisacano of The Arizona Daily Sun. June 2003.

“People to Watch” by James Blasingame, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Oct. 2005. An interview with Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith.

“Profile: Authors Tells Kids New American Indian Tales” by Steve Hill (Kansas Alumni, November 2003).

"Raising A Reader" by Steve Cooper (Better Homes and Gardens, July 11, 2002).

Smith Spotlight from EverythingSmith.com. Cynthia answers pressing questions on the responsibility of being a Smith.

"Sound Off With Children's Writers" by Alice Pope (Writing For Kids, June 2002; from the editors of Writer's Digest and Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market).

Additional newspaper articles—too many to list—about Cynthia and her books have been published by various newspapers, predominately in her home states of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan and Texas. She appreciates the coverage and declines to feature a full listing only because of space considerations.