Award-winning author Cynthia Kraack is celebrating the June release of her new novel, Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037. This is the second book in the Ashwood trilogy series; it explores social issues from contemporary culture in a different future. The novel examines the basic right of people to food to the complex relationship the United States has with its children. The Ashwood series pushes readers to question the trade-offs made by politicians under the pressure of military expansion or international diplomacy.
Kraack’s first speculative fiction work, Minnesota Cold, won the 2009 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. Kraack was also awarded second place in fiction for the 2011 Hal Grutzmacher Writers’ Exposé with her short story “Painter, Painter.”
She is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Journalism and holds a Master’s in Labor Economics and Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota as well as a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She has spent years in corporate management, consulting and freelance writing.