meet cynthia

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice Book of the Year, PW Starred Reviews, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, Golden Scroll Awards and Novel of the Year, The Carol Award, two Christy finalists, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a founding board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She’s also a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.

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cynthia is represented by wendy lawton from
books & such literary management

what others say

  • “Ruchti also offers sound theological guidance: ‘Purposeful remembering is important to God.’ This book offers accessible and grounded spiritual guidance for caregivers of aging parents.”

    – Publishers Weekly on As My Parents Age

  • “Cynthia Ruchti writes fiction (and nonfiction) that touches people’s hearts. Her work is often as significant as what professional counselors do in their therapy sessions to heal people’s emotional wounds. I highly recommend her novels.”

    – Dr. Judith Rolfs, author and licensed family counselor

  • “Relevant and provocative. We can each learn something about ourselves through her characters.”

    – Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author

  • “Cynthia Ruchti is a captivating wordsmith with a talent for telling poignant stories that wrap around your heart, mind, and life.”

    – Pam Farrel, best-selling author of Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti

  • “Every Cynthia Ruchti story is an unforgettable darkness-to-light journey.”

    – Becky Melby, author of Guideposts’ Family Secrets

  • “Best line? ‘This is not how our story ends.’ Yet another confirmation why Cynthia Ruchti remains my favorite author for contemporary fiction.”

    – Lucinda Secrest McDowell, author of Soul Strong, speaking of Miles from Where We Started

  • “Cynthia Ruchti, with her signature blend of warmth and wisdom, never disappoints.”

    – Kathryn Springer, award-winning author

  • “Cynthia Ruchti, with her signature blend of warmth and wisdom, never disappoints.”

    – Kathryn Springer, award-winning author

  • “Cynthia Ruchti has never been afraid of tackling a tough issue, as noted in her other novels. Her brand is to be trusted by readers for the uniqueness of the topics that she challenges her audience to explore to the characters that she brings to life. Underneath the plot and themes is a distinct message of hope.”

    Afraid of the Light online reviewer

  • “Her writing paints such a vivid picture in my mind as I read, but more than that, her stories introduce me to beautifully unique characters that are so true-to-life.”

    Afraid of the Light online reviewer

  • “Ruchti writes comfortingly and often beautifully about the aches and pains of everyday life, with its sicknesses, disappointments, and consequences of poor choices.”

    – PW Review of Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul

  • “In Facing the Dawn, author Cynthia Ruchti confronts painful issues such as the loss of a spouse and other deep griefs, but undergirds the story with her trademark perspective of hope.”

    – Beth Vogt, award-winning author of The Thatcher Sisters series

  • “Cynthia Ruchti writes with faith and heart, exploring life and love with sensitivity and an underlying sense of grace.”

    – Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of
    Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

  • “Sharing stories from her own experiences caring for her parents, as well as those of others, she acknowledges distressing realities, such as the “heavyheartedness of watching unloving parents near the end of an opportunity for reconciliation,” while also challenging caregivers: “In what ways are we showing our aging parents that we value them, their counsel, their presence, their legacy?”

    – Publishers Weekly on As My Parents Age

in my own words