Cynthia Ogren


Cynthia Ogren is a lifelong reader, writer, and self-described word nerd. Originally from Illinois, she has lived all over the United States and has traveled extensively. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in psychology and English literature. Her work resumé includes stints as a model, a retail department manager, and an assistant to a gynecological oncologist.

Her hobbies include: maniacal reading, coffee swilling, Facebooking, gabbing on the phone, creating wild fantasies in her head while on the treadmill, weight-lifting, travel, getting lost in films and pop culture, and the quiet subversion of the system. She also enjoys intriguing conversation, art, dogs, meditation, bohemianism, ghosts, and popcorn.

She's not above exceeding the speed limit or wild flirtations--and would not necessarily refuse offers that involve exotic travel and dirty martinis.
Ms Ogren lives and works at her writer's loft near Lexington, KY, which she shares with her miniature schnauzer, R-Dog. She's a member of RWA and Passionate Ink. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and her website (

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I've been an avid reader since I was seven years old, so each author I've read has taught me something important about the writing process. However, I do have some all-time favorites. Flannery O'Connor, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anais Nin, Emily Bronte, Alice Munro, Rebecca Wells, Khaled Hosseini, Stephen King, and Barbara Kingsolver come to mind. And of course, I'm always on the lookout for interesting new (and old) voices to discover.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I lead an interesting, full life. Art has been a driving force for me for as long as I remember, so to look forward to a day of reading, writing, or creating beautiful things is enough to spur me into action each day. I also love to travel, exercise, and brainstorm with my wonderfully creative friends. These simple things keep me both grounded and inspired.
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Where to buy in print


Beautiful Monsters
The BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS series is an ongoing Hollywood saga that chronicles the lives of beautiful makeup artist Riley Rinaldi and sexy heartthrob Keller Cross. Full of memorable characters and passion, the books take a deep dive into obsessive love, film studio politics, and the often chaotic lives of Hollywood's glitterati.

Beautiful Monsters

Price: $2.99 USD.


Beautiful Monsters
Series: Beautiful Monsters. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,590. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Makeup artist Riley Rinaldi has it all: beauty, wealth, talent, and undeniable sex appeal. When sexy heartthrob Keller Cross swaggers onto the set of Beautiful Monsters, Riley's self-protective veneer cracks wide open. Her dormant passion ignites as the bad-bo

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