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Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women

June 6, 2013
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Indie author Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others.

During her Sun Times years, she sat desk to desk with mentor and friend, the late Roger Ebert, and traveled with, interviewed and reviewed rockers like Kiss, Queen, the Who, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.

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She also interviewed film stars like John Travolta, Kirk Douglas, Richard Pryor and the then-unknown cast of Star Wars – and dated Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once.

And then one day … she walked away from all of it. And never looked back.

Her book “The Keka Collection,” a compilation of Open Salon blog posts, is both a remembrance of those wild years and a reflection on the new life she found in the Southwest. She married a prominent Hopi artist and became a PR consultant for the Hopi Tribal government and public school administrator before moving to Tucson, where the adventure continues.

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Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is better known to millions online as Keka. It was that community, she says, that inspired her to produce this book:

I have to admit that once I saw that picture of me that I’ve used as my “avatar” on OS for so long, smiling at me from the cover of my book on, I felt both thrilled…and terrified.

And it wasn’t entirely my idea, this collection of blog posts. My sweet but persistent friends, family and ex-in laws were the ones who said, “You should turn those stories into a book,” every time I alerted them to a new post.

And pretty soon…I began to think they were right.

I think we all have that thought at least once, those of us for whom writing is like breathing–and just as important as breathing to our souls and spirits. Especially if we’re lucky enough to discover, via sites like OS, that others kinda like the little stories we once only told ourselves in our diaries and journals and those big spiral notebooks we used to hide away in some secret place to make sure they remained for our eyes only.

The terrifying part has to do with that.
I felt it in my stomach and up my spine when I checked a few days ago to see if the book had finally officially gone up.

It had.

And at that moment I realized that my “baby” was out there, all by itself, to be judged and analyzed… Wow.

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2 Responses to Soul Food For Lone Wolves and Wild Women

  1. June 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Great interview!

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