Cynthia Hickey joins us today. Cynthia writes the Nosey Neighbor Mystery series, the first of which, Anything for a Story, was released in March.
Kathy: I love architecture and old houses, particularly Victorians. I've always wanted to live in a painted lady, although I'd want more closet space than an original one would offer. What draws you to Victorian houses?
CH: The beauty and grace of them. They just seem to invite you to come and sit a spell on their wraparound porches.
Kathy: Stormi Nelson starts a neighborhood watch group for her community. Have you ever been part of a neighborhood watch?
CH: No, I'm too much of a scaredy cat to go out after dark.
Kathy: Would your neighbors consider you a nosy neighbor, or can that title be held by one of your neighbors?
CH: I definitely am nosey. If I see or hear something out of the ordinary, I'm in my front yard trying to see what is going on.
Kathy: Do you feel that romance enhances mysteries? Are there drawbacks?
CH: I love a little romance in everything, so why not a mystery? Since I write light-hearted mysteries, romance can play a big part in that.
Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?
CH: I actually wrote my first mystery on a dare. I had no idea what they were and had to look up the definition. They sounded like so much fun, I was immediately hooked.
Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?
CH: I write historical romance and romantic suspense
Kathy: Tell us about your series.
CH: All of my cozies are about realizing we don't have to face the tough stuff alone. If I can share this news with my readers by having a little fun and throwing in some romance, all the better.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
CH: All of my heroines are my favorite at the time I'm writing their story. I'm with them for months and we become family.
Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?
CH: Just an active imagination
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
CH: I'm what is called a hybrid author. I'm traditionally published by contract paying publishers and also independently publish what I want to write that doesn't fit into a publishers mold. It's a busy, crazy business, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
CH: Dean Koontz, Diana Gabaldon, Brandilyn Collins, and God.
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
CH: I'm reading a cozy mystery by Christy Barritt.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
CH: I love crocheting. It keeps my hands busy while watching television.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
CH: Diet coke, tea, tomatoes, eggs
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?
CH: There will be five more books to follow Anything for A Story, and I'm planning a new series after that.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
CH: The fact that I am my own boss and can give life to all the stories in my heart.
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