Tango Diva

Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Cynthia English

Cynthia English, Author Cynthia spent the first 22 years of her diverse career in the fashion industry traveling worldwide sourcing vendors, managing, manufacturing, shopping stores for inspiration and overseeing product design on behalf of some of the largest global fashion brands. A passionate writer at heart—having written her first book, “Ralph the Mouse” at age 8¬––her creative spirit began to take hold after leaving the corporate world behind. She opened a small interior design company and created great dates™, a concept focused on building closer relationships through shared experience, which targeted multiple platforms including print, television and the internet. Her life continues to evolve as she explores cultural interchange in every corner of the globe— from climbing the pyramids of Tikal, Guatemala to inspecting vanilla vines in Bali to being a volunteer in Zambia for Habitat for Humanity to trekking over 800 km solo from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, across El Camino, St. James’ Way. In an about-face from her high-glamour fashion roots, she learned how to survive with one change of clothing, the shoes on her feet (and her pink flip-flops), thus opening doors to an entirely new world of adventure brimming with freedom, more privilege, and everyday miracles. English graduated from the Marshall School, University of Southern California, with a degree in International Finance. Fortunate to attend Robert Bausch’s class at the Aspen Writer’s Conference, and a creative writing program in 2007 with Oxford University’s School of Continuing Education, she learned to champion criticism, stay unique, and always strive to improve. Taking inspiration from her many and widely varied adventures, she has had articles published in the United States and Europe and is now pursuing her childhood passion—writing fiction. BLACK SATIN is her first novel.