Smyrna author’s story comes up Golden

Cindy Cavett, of Smyrna, author of over 100 pieces, including short stories, articles and books, has her tale “Rehoboth Beach Break,” featured in the book “Running Wild Anthology of Stories Vol. 2,” shown below. (Submitted photo)

SMYRNA — When Smyrna author Cindy Cavett first found out her story “Rehoboth Beach Break” was going to be included in gift bags for the 2019 Golden Globe nominees and presenters she didn’t believe it.

“When I read the email from my publisher I thought it was spam,” Ms. Cavett said. “Once I read it again, it sank in that it was real. I screamed and immediately called my husband, and then told my co-workers.”

“Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Vol. 2,” contains over 20 tales from authors from the U.S. and Canada, including Ms. Cavett.

“My short story was included in the book,” Ms. Cavett said. “It’s a surreal feeling thinking about how some of the entertainment industry’s top performers could very well be reading about Rehoboth Beach and some of my must-stop-in businesses there, like Dolle’s popcorn, and Snyder’s Candy.

“It feels great knowing that we can bring a small piece of our world here in Delaware to Hollywood.”

Ms. Cavett’s story “Rehoboth Beach Break,” is set in the vacation town, where a WBOC reporter gets her big break when a pirate irritates the residents and tourists of the coastal city. Trouble ensues, but the reporter helps to solve the mystery surrounding the pirate while simultaneously saving the town’s treasure.

“I was inspired to write this story because I love the town of Rehoboth beach,” Ms. Cavett said. “I may live in Smyrna, but I travel to Rehoboth and the surrounding towns and beaches on a regular basis for both work and pleasure.”

Even though she has been writing about 16 years she never imagined that she would be an author.

“I didn’t realize that I wanted to be a writer until I was 23 years old,” said Ms. Cavett, who grew up in Philadelphia. “Up to that point I had already been writing short stories and journaling, but I honestly didn’t believe in myself enough to pursue writing.

“One day, as I was sitting outside watching butterflies and started writing short stories about them, something clicked in my mind that said, “Why on earth can’t you be a writer?’”

She said during that time she had to gain confidence as a writer to become a better author.

“I previously believed that writers were only the educated, top-producing authors who were already writing best-selling novels at that age,” Ms. Cavett said. “I also didn’t believe in myself as a female writer, since much of what I had read was written by males.

“I believed that since I didn’t have a degree that I couldn’t pursue it, so I stopped downplaying my dream and started writing. What could it hurt? I also enrolled in school part-time, and simultaneously began pursuing my dream of becoming both a writer and a college graduate.”

Since then she has penned over 100 pieces over the past decade including articles, books and short stories in both fiction and non-fiction.

In addition to short stories published in several anthologies, Ms. Cavett, who works in marketing and communications with the state of Delaware, has won a communications award from the Delaware Press Association and a grant from the Highlights for Children Foundation.

Ms. Cavett said she had a special feeling about “Rehoboth Beach Break” while she was writing it.

“I felt this one would be different because I was finally writing about a field that captures my attention, which is data theft and cyber security,” Ms. Cavett said. “I wanted to approach it in a different way that would both bring awareness to a potential issue, but also show what vendors can do with apps that might surprise the audience.”

She said it took her three days to write the story.

“I first developed the idea that I wanted a pirate to hack an app at the beach and decided it would be a funny story,” Ms. Cavett said. “Next, I knew that someone had to discover the hack and what better way would that be than for a new reporter getting her big break? At this point, I wrote down a timeline of events in Scrivener, a software program that I use for organizing my writing and thoughts.”

“Running Wild Anthology of Stories Vol. 2” was one of the items in gift bags given to nominees and presenters for this year Golden Globe Awards, which took place Jan. 6 in Hollywood. (Submitted photo)

After that, she then worked on developing the characters.

“I developed back stories for each that wouldn’t be in the story itself, but would be essential to the story’s development,” Ms. Cavett said. “Once I had the ‘who, what, where, when, and why,’ I developed the “how.” That was the fun part. This is where I inserted the pirate’s demands and how the town reacts to them. The rest, as they say, is history.”

When the story was done, it took her a week to edit it. A close friend also looked over it before she submitted for publication to Running Wild Press.

“Once Running Wild Press got a hold of it, it took only one more hour of editing before it was officially accepted,” Ms. Cavett said.

Once the story was submitted she had no idea that the story would one day make it into the hands of celebrities at the Golden Globes, which took place Jan. 6 in Hollywood.

“I will be honest, I am not used to this amount of recognition,” Ms. Cavett said. The truth is I have amazing people in my life that have helped me to get to this point. My friends, husband, family, and so many others have been instrumental in helping me to get to where I am today.

“I wouldn’t be here without them,” she added. “I also wouldn’t say that I am great talent just yet, but I am working hard to become a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. I am truly honored to bring Delaware to Hollywood this year.

“I hope the celebrities enjoyed a piece of Rehoboth Beach, and will tweet, comment, or send a message saying how much they enjoyed the story. Better yet, maybe they will pay us a visit.”

Arshon Howard is a freelance writer living in Dover.

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