I am Cynthia Lowman — writer and nerd.
You can find me several places online under my married name of Niespodzianski. While I would love to write under this unique and beautiful Polish name, few can say it or spell it, hence the use of my maiden name. If you ever want to know how to say “surprise” in Polish, I’m your girl.
Always fascinated by technology and communication, I have been online before the Internet was out of the universities. My husband and I even ran our own bulletin board system (BBS) in the early 90s. Later, I kept a blog when they used to be called online journals.
While I am a gadget geek, I like old-timey stuff too and still use a typewriter for some of my writing. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a house where we had a computer before a dishwasher. It was a weird mix of technology and tradition, which actually describes me quite well.
I have a hungry brain that likes to be fed lots of information. It’s happiest when it has a lot to learn and a job (or several jobs) to do. This led me to develop some of my hobbies, namely quilting and soapmaking, into businesses. On a more professional side, I spent ten years in a fascinating career helping to establish and run the business office of a local wound center.
In all of my ventures, writing has been a common thread. Whether the project was an office procedure manual, sales brochure copy, or narration for a screenplay, I was drawn to put words together in meaningful, interesting ways. Even in my spare time, I write and have years of journals as embarrassing proof. I am active in two local writing groups as well as the statewide Pennwriters.
Not being completely single-minded, I do more than write. I also read what other people write! I have been a story nut since I could shove a book in anyone’s available hands. But my life isn’t all about words. I am an avid supporter of animal rescue and have adopted two cats and my walking/running buddy — a husky named Tiko. Weekends are often filled with the music of my husband’s bands. When it’s hockey season, I rarely miss a Penguins game. I won’t even start on all my interests. I certainly won’t live long enough to explore them all, but at least I can try.