Cynthia Kraack is an author of fiction, short stories, and creative non-fiction. In May 2020 Regnery History released 40 Thieves: Saipan. Written with Joseph Tachovsky, 40 Thieves shares the stories of members of a unique Marine platoon in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The stories were gathered by Joseph in hours of interviews with survivors along their letters, photos and Marine documents. 40 Thieves won two 2020 Best Book awards. Joseph and Cynthia were featured on C-Span Books and PBS Postcards.
The High Cost of Flowers won two 2014 Midwest Book Awards taking first in Literary Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. Her debut work, Minnesota Cold, won the 2009 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. She also wrote the Ashwood trilogy, a speculative fiction family saga. In 2018 she co-edited Boundaries Without, The 2017 Calumet Edition of Speculative Fiction. Saturday Evening Post, Glimmer Train, Big Muddy Literary Journal and the Hal Prize competition have recognized her short stories. She has a MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program in Creative Writing. She is a founding board member of Write On, Door County where she also is a teaching artist. She lives in a St. Paul suburb.