The High Cost of Flowers is Cynthia Kraack’s fifth novel and first work of contemporary fiction. Calumet Editions released The High Cost of Flowers in December 2015.
Her debut novel, Minnesota Cold, won the 2009 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. The Ashwood trilogy (Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037, Leaving Ashwood) and Minnesota Cold were published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, MN.
Cynthia has also received recognition for short stories and has been published in a variety of publications. She enjoys speaking about writing and meeting with groups, book clubs, and classes. A member of the founding Board of Write On, Door County, she serves a faculty member of the new regional writing center.
Graduating from Marquette University’s College of Journalism, Cynthia began her writing career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She spent years in corporate communications gaining recognition from a variety of professional organizations. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in labor economics and educational psychology and graduated from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. She has participated in the University of Iowa’s Summer Writers’ Workshop and is a member of The Loft.
Writing is her passion and delight. At the core of all her work is exploration of the impact of real time stress on families, however one defines that curious unit.
Home and friends are in the Twin Cities. She is married and has two great kids.