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C. L. Fails

Author. Speaker. Educator. Creative.

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There's something for everyone! Picture books, middle grade readers, non-fiction, romance novels. It's all in there. Find the books that speak to your soul.


For the young and young at heart, and everyone in between. I love to create ripples of kindness wherever I speak, whether virtual or in-person. My favorite topics include writing, following your passion, creating your brand, finding your creative spark, centering joy, & equity - let's chat!


From Pre-K students through adults, I've had the chance to serve a wide range of people. No matter the age, we all long to understand and be understood. Keeping this in mind gives me the chance to connect with those I serve on a human level, meeting them wherever they are, and helping them reach whatever goal they've set for themself. From Life Skills centered topics, to Picture Book workshops, to the flagship Manuscript Writing Mastercourse - there's a lot to learn and I'm here to keep it light.


Whether it's writing, podcasting, arranging music, illustrating, or quilting (yep - like the blankets), hands on opportunities to generate something new, something bold, something repurposed, something innovative, I'm here for it!

Works in Progress

One Minute Gems, music projects, books I'm writing, all things creative - you'll find them here. Ready to book me for your podcast or interview me for your publication? Promise I'll only be introverty after it's all done. Let's chat!

KSHB 41 Interview: Supporting Women Owned Businesses

In light of celebrating Women’s History Month, female entrepreneurs through InnovateHER KC met to support each other’s businesses

March 26, 2022

The Independent Magazine Honors KC Women Trailblazers

Cynthia was included amongst several KC Trailblazers in The Independent magazine

March 19, 2022

LaunchCrate Publishing: 2022 Small Business Superstar!

LaunchCrate Publishing, founded and run by C. L. Fails, was recognized as a Small Business Superstar by the KC Chamber.

February 11, 2022

Women in Publishing Summit | 2022 Workshop Presenter

I'm coming back to this year's Global publishing summit with a new focus - non-fiction books!

January 10, 2022

Let's Get Lit! Bliss Books & Wine | Book Fair

C. L. Fails is honored to be December's featured author for the last Bliss Books & Wine, Adult Book Fair of the year

December 18, 2021

InnovateHER KC: Entrepreneur of the Year

Cynthia was awarded the honor of Entrepreneur of the Year for the inaugural InnovateHER Awards

October 28, 2021

Women Innovators at Kansas State University

Cynthia joined a panel of Women Innovators, to discuss inspirational and entrepreneurial insight.

October 21, 2021

Romance GenreCon | Mid-Continent Public Library

Romance GenreCon here we come! Excited to moderate the panel on Big Business with Indie Authors!

August 6, 2021

Hidden Gems: Meet Cynthia Fails

Cynthia was recently listed as one of Voyage KC's Hidden Gems.

November 30, 2021

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