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Open Book


Cynthia Timoti is a bilingual, fourth-generation Indonesian-Chinese who was born in Jakarta, came to Australia to study when she was 17, and liked Tim Tams so much that she decided to never leave the country.

Her love of reading started early thanks to Enid Blyton, and it continues to this day, because her TBR pile seems to mysteriously grow at an alarmingly fast rate. She can never resist a good rom-com, lives in her Converse, and collects too many cute notebooks that she never uses.

Cynthia graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Commerce degree and spent too many years working in finance, an experience she gleefully exploits as the bane of her characters' existence. She was a SmoochPit mentee in the 2022 cohort, and currently lives in Melbourne with her non-reader husband and their two sons, who are both almost as tall as her.

She is represented by Ann Rose at The Tobias Literary Agency.

Fairy Lights

some random facts

  • My favorite ice-cream flavor is rum and raisin.

  • I will happily eat sushi all day, every day, for the rest of my life. And for my last ever meal.

  • My dream place to visit is Banff, Canada.

  • I will watch anything with Pedro Pascal and/or Chris Evans in it.

  • I think lefties are cool. And then my youngest son turns out to be one. Hallelujah!

  • I have a phobia of snakes. 

  • I can't stand spicy food, which makes me an embarrassment to Indonesians everywhere.

  • I have astigmatism.

Reading Glasses on Book

comfort movies & tv shows

Hart of Dixie

Ted Lasso


Everything Marvel, except Eternals

Crazy, Stupid, Love

27 Dresses


The Summer I Turned Pretty

Reading Glasses on Book
Open Book

comfort reads

Set On You - Amy Lea

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It - Elle Cosimano

Nora Goes Off Script - Annabel Monaghan

Better than the Movies - Lynn Painter

The Unhoneymooners - Christina Lauren

The Ex Talk - Rachel Lynn Solomon

Well Met -  Jen DeLuca

The Bodyguard - Katherine Center

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