Hello, my name is Cindy Montoya. I am a writer and an artist. I love picture books, fairy tales and fantasy. I have written a YA novel, started rewriting faerie tales to make them more about women and power, and written a picture book that I'm illustrating.
My art has always been about showing the intrinsic power women have. I want all of my work to empower girls and women, to help them understand and access their potential, influence and talent instead of being distracted by the demands our culture places on them. J.R.R.Tolkien is a huge influence on me, as well as the art that has been done around his stories.
I got my art degree from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside in 2005. After following my husband around the country I now live in my dream home in Utah. I’m trying to learn how to balance the wonder of being a mom and the creative work I want to do.