Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Thanks for having me, Karen! I’m originally from upstate New York but now live in the Rocky Mountains. When I’m not teaching college English or writing, I’m usually at a sporting event of some kind, cheering on my sons. My preferred decor includes books.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
Academic mystery/amateur sleuth: I have been addicted to amateur sleuth mysteries in general since reading my first Trixie Belden when I was young and to academic mysteries in particular since discovering them during grad school.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
A photographic memory! No matter how many times I have read a text already, I have to re-read it just before teaching in order to have it fresh in mind for discussion, and that’s very time consuming. I would like to be able to read something once, then access it fully whenever necessary. Would definitely free up some hours in the day!
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I do get stuck, though if I keep writing, I eventually become unstuck. Sometimes I’ll go write something else altogether and come back to the book. But continuing to write is key, at least for me.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The last stages of editing, where I’ve read the manuscript so many times that it’s hard to see anything anew.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
I would take you OUT for dinner! You would be much happier with the food.
6. What is your typical day like?
It’s always a race. Get kids up, ready for, and delivered to schools, then insert any combination of teaching, grading, prepping class, advising, attending meetings, reading, writing, researching, doing committee work, etc. until the kids come home from school. Then it’s practice, games, concerts, homework, or basically whatever else is on the agenda.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Honestly, it’s all equally difficult. But in a joyful way.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
Unlikely. The characters have their own backgrounds, qualities, and mannerisms. (However, you know the saying about not making writers mad or they’ll put you in their books? There must be a reason people say that. I haven’t been compelled so far, but I guess we’ll see…)
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Lila Maclean is a new professor who stands up for things she believes in, but her determination to correct injustices can get her in trouble.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Mystery #1) will be available April 5, 2016 from Henery Press.
English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University until she finds one of her colleagues dead. She soon learns that everyone, from the chancellor to the detective working the case, believes Lila—or someone she is protecting—may be responsible for the horrific event, so she assigns herself the task of identifying the killer.
More attacks on professors follow, the only connection a curious symbol found at each of the crime scenes. Putting her scholarly skills to the test, Lila gathers evidence, but her search is complicated by an unexpected nemesis, a suspicious investigator, and an ominous secret society. Rather than earning an “A” for effort, she receives a threat featuring the mysterious emblem and must act quickly to avoid failing her assignment…and becoming the next victim.
Be sure to come back to read more about Cynthia and her novel, THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT, A Lila Maclean Mystery, Book 1, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Cynthia’s website, blog, books, etc.
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Cynthia is giving away a Kindle ebook copy of THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT to one lucky reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing your story with us.
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