Bio: Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and a novella in Barbour’s large Christmas anthology. She is active on FaceBook, Twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in
with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, and two cats. She has
five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is
God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I see more of God letting me live my dream. Back in May, I took the leap of faith and quit the day job to pursue writing full time. God hasn’t let me down, and I see more good things on the horizon.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have a typical yours, mine, and ours. My husband has three children from his previous marriage, I have one. We also adopted three more. Through our biological children, we have five grandchildren. Holidays are a lot of fun with a crowd this size.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’m an avid reader. I still read every day, and everything I can get my hands on, even the back of a cereal box.
Me, too. What are you working on right now?
I am writing the final
mystery series book and hope to have it available on ebook by the end of 2013. River Valley
What outside interests do you have?
I always have yarn and a crochet hook in hand. My children have benefited from my crocheting with shawls, beanies, and afghans.
I used to be either crocheting or knitting almost every time I sat down to watch TV with my husband. But now the repetitiveness aggravates the arthritis in my shoulders. I miss it. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Most of my books take place in the
Mountains where I grew up, but sometimes it will be a spark from
something I’ve seen or heard.
I lived in the Ozarks until I was in high school. They’re beautiful. If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Laura Ingalls Wilder. I wanted her life when I was young.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That each main character needs Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. When I started writing, I didn’t know what these three important aspects were.
I understand that. I was just a storyteller when I started writing novels. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
The Lord is ALWAYS teaching me patience.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Persevere, learn the craft, and never give up.
Tell us about the featured book.
THERE'S A NEW TEACHER IN TOWN
Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of
with big ideas. She wants to mend the decades-old town feud by throwing a
Christmas pageant. But it soon proves to be a challenge, especially when three
of her students are determined matchmakers. She's in no hurry to settle
down—certainly not with the rugged, handsome sheriff.
Sheriff Asher Thomas can handle most trouble that comes his way, but
flashing eyes and black curls are a threat of a different kind. Soon she's
taking over his time and his thoughts. Will Asher change his bachelor ways for
Please give us the first page of the book.
No turning back now.
Charlotte Nelson glared at the drunken man—Hiram Something—beside her. Squaring her shoulders, she gripped the reins and eyed the white expanse between the trees. While snow blurred lines of the landscape, dotting
eyelashes and numbing her fingers, Hiram snored from the wagon seat. Charlotte shivered so
hard she thought her bones would come through her skin. She fought the impulse
to plant an elbow squarely in his ribs.
Were they still on the road? How could she tell with all the snow? They had to be lost. Her heart seized.
What little light they’d had was gone. Clouds covered the sky, blocking out any stars flickering overhead. Spiders crept up her spine. She was lost in unfamiliar territory with an unconscious stranger. Not how she envisioned spending her first night in a new town.
“Yah!” She snapped the reins to encourage the mules to pick up the pace. She might have been a fly buzzing around them for all the good it did. “Brrr.”
She glared at Hiram. He sat with his head tossed back, mouth gaping. Would the fool freeze to death despite the alcohol in his system?
How can readers find you on the Internet?Twitter: https://twitter.com/cynthiahickey
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