Ask the Author: Cindy Kolbe

What would you like readers to know about you? 

I’ve been a lifelong disability advocate—even before my youngest daughter’s spinal cord injury. I ran a nonprofit, managed group homes, and worked at a state institution. I also volunteer for disability and mental health nonprofits. I’ve lived in Ohio, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Maryland, and West Virginia. I currently live in the Shenandoah Valley.   

My new memoir, Struggling with Serendipity, shares my battle with depression and guilt after my daughter’s injury. Weshared unexpected adventures from our small town in Ohio to Seattle, Harvard, Capitol Hill, and around the world. I am a writer with a blog and more than 50 articles since 2016 in Power of Moms, Motherly, AbleThrive, This Is My Brave, Reeve Foundation, and other media. My book tour will take me coast to Hope to see you at an event! 


What is STRUGGLING WITH SERENDIPITY about for those who haven’t read it? 


a heartsick mom battles depression and guilt while a shy but determined teenager fights the harsh challenges of quadriplegia.   


believes everything will be okay. Cindy feels sure that nothing will ever be okay again. 


a new normal, with serendipity in the most unlikely of moments. Waves of adventure follow, including Beth’s invitation to join the Harvard Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, the first with a visible disability. 


takes us on an incredible journey to the end of an era that transforms them. Everything really is okay. 



What has been your inspiration for writing STRUGGLING WITH SERENDIPITY? 

I am passionate about offering hope to those in crisis and those with any kind of challenges. 


What was your favorite scene or part of STRUGGLING WITH SERENDIPITY to write? 

I loved writing about our wonderful China trip.  


What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite writers, and I admire his book, “Zen in the Art of Writing.”  


What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Get the story on paper, then find a great editor to help bring out your best writing. Persistence is the key—and patience. I worked on Struggling with Serendipity for eight years, and it is a much better book now than it was a few years ago.  


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