Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Cindy K. Sproles & What Momma Left Behind

Posted June 12, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Cindy K. Sproles, giveaway, historical, romance / 20 Comments

I’m delighted today to welcome Cindy K. Sproles to the blog to chat about her new book What Momma Left Behind!

Cindy K. Sproles is an author, teacher, and speaker. Residing in the mountains of East Tennessee, Cindy is proud of the mountain heritage she writes about. She is the lead managing editor for Straight Street Books & SonRise Devotionals, imprints of LPCbooks/Iron Stream Media. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference and a writing mentor. You can visit Cindy at

You can also connect with Cindy on Facebook and Twitter.

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2020
PAGES: 256

In the face of overwhelming obstacles, she’ll need courage, grit, and a tender heart

Worie Dressar is seventeen years old when influenza and typhoid ravage her Appalachian Mountain community in 1877, leaving behind a growing number of orphaned children with no way to care for themselves. Worie’s mother has been secretly feeding several of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when tragedy strikes, Worie is left to figure out why and how she was caring for them.

Plagued with two good-for-nothing brothers–one greedy and the other a drunkard–Worie must fight to save her home and the children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she discovers the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma’s children.


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Hi Cindy! Welcome to the blog!

Cindy: Summer. I don’t like being cold.

Carrie: I’m the exact opposite haha

Cindy: Tea – It’s a southern thing. Never developed a taste for coffee. Love the smell though. 

Carrie: If only coffee tasted as good as it smelled…

Cindy: UNDER. There is no other way! 😊

Carrie: THANK YOU!!! Finally someone on my side haha

Cindy: Mountains –  because I find great peace in scrapping my fingers on the clouds of heaven.

Carrie: beautifully said!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Cindy: Storytelling. I was raised in a family of storytellers. I can’t help myself. I see a story in everything.

Carrie: oh i love that!

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Cindy: Peter Pan. I loved his sense of imagination and adventure.

Carrie: “Second star to the right & straight on til morning…” ♥

Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?

Cindy: They would say, “She wears us out!” Because I do. When I am writing a story, I find every situation I can put a character in and run them through it.

Carrie: hahahaha

Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote What Momma Left Behind

Cindy: I love dulcimer music. I usually keep it playing. That and Rich Mullins and Andrew Peterson. Their songs strike a deep nerve in me – an emotional nerve.

Carrie: yes, i agree!

Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next? 

Cindy: I’m a pantster. My stories are always character driven. I never know where they will take me and that makes writing an advance synopsis very difficult.

Carrie: oh goodness, i bet that would be difficult

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from What Momma Left Behind?

Cindy: I want them to see the number of homeless/parentless children that need to be loved and cared for. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption pegs the number of children in U.S. foster care at a staggering 443,000, more than 123,000 of considered to be waiting children, available for adoption.

Carrie: yes!!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂

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What about you? What makes you want to read What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles?

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20 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Cindy K. Sproles & What Momma Left Behind

  1. DeAnna Dodson

    This sounds good! I love the setting.

    Meez Carrie, I’m an “under,” too, because . . . CATS!

    Actually, I have to hide the toilet paper entirely (up in the cabinet above the toilet), because one of my little darlings opens cabinets and drawers looking for it. O.o

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    I’ve been reading about the Pack Horse Librarians in Kentucky and have loved reading about the mountain culture in the Appalachians. I think I’d love reading What Momma Left Behind and am eager to read it.

  3. Sherry Moe

    I grew up really poor in the hollars of KY so I can relate to the grit and determination to survive. This book sounds amazing and I look forward to reading it. I’m going to add it to my Goodreads now.

  4. Lynn Brown

    I want to hear more about the struggles the daughter has to go through after her mom dies and to find out why her mom was caring for all the kids. It sounds good.

  5. Roxanne C.

    Worie sounds like a strong young lady who learned well from her Momma. She is definitely the type of “heroine” that captures my interest and heart.

  6. Winnie Thomas

    This book sounds wonderful! I have a son named Dave Thomas, but he’s not THE Dave Thomas! LOL

  7. Connie Scruggs

    I want to read this book because I love kids and historical fiction, so it’s a perfect blend.

  8. Pam Lunsford

    I’m already hooked because there’s a mystery about momma. I love reading Inspirational Historical books also it sounds so interesting.

  9. Rose Blackard

    The title itself entices me to want to read the book it also sounds like there might be some mystery too

  10. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.


    I want to see how Worie manages to perservere & cope with what she has to deal with. Too bad she has such wonderful brothers (ha!). Interesting name you gave her.

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