Cindy Burkart Maynard has extensive experience teaching and writing about history and the natural world. She is the author of two previous nonfiction works about the Colorado Plateau and the desert southwest. She currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Soyala: Daughter of the Desert is the author's most recent historical fiction. In this novel she weaves a compelling, dramatic story based on the pre-history of the desert Southwest.

Her first historical novel, Anastasia's Book of Days, is set in what is now Southwest Germany in the seventeenth century. Based on the purported diaries of Anastasia Burkart, the author's great-great grandmother, the story reflects the momentous changes sweeping across her beloved Black Forest homeland.

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