I'm pleased to welcome Cynthia Hickey to the blog today. Cynthia writes the Shady Acres Mystery series. Beware the Orchids is the first book in the series.
Kathy: After being ditched at the altar Shelby Hart quits her job and becomes gardener and event coordinator. Do you enjoy gardening?
CH: No, I don't garden. Everything I try to grow ends up dying.
Kathy: Do you like orchids?
CH: I think orchids are gorgeous!
you a party planner? Do you enjoy arranging events or do you prefer to
let Shelby do the only organizing?
CH: I am definitely a planner, but a
professional would do a much better job. I tend to overstress the
makes an upscale retirement community the perfect setting for your
CH: There are plenty of fun characters to get involved.
first drew you to cozy mysteries?
CH: A dare actually. A friend of mine
dared me to write one. I had no idea what a cozy was so I looked up the
definition, wrote the book, won a contest, and acquired an agent. I
haven't stopped since.
Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?
CH: I write Romantic Suspense and Historical Romance
Kathy: Tell us about your series.
Acres Mysteries: Jilted by love, Shelby is hired as a gardener at an
upscale retirement community. The perfect job...except dead bodies show
up whereever she goes.
Nosy Neighbor series: An author is told to get out more to prevent her
characters from becoming cardboard. She forms a neighborhood watch and
ends up hiding in a doghouse her first night on patrol.
River Valley series: Marsha, a widowed mother, returns to her home town
to work in her mother's craft store and must find a killer to clear her
Summer Meadows series: Summer wants only to grow a prize winning rose
bush. She didn't intend to stumble across theft and murder.
you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
CH: I love Shelby's
grandmother, Ida. Who wouldn't want an over the top, loving, adventurous
Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?
CH: Not really. Ideas are sparked from everywhere.
made you decide to publish your work?
CH: The traditional line I wrote for
closed down. My agent handed me a new line he had started and I took off
from there and formed my own publishing company, Winged Publications
you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in
any genre, who would you invite?
CH: Margaret Mitchell, Diana Gabaldon,
Robert Patterson, and J.K. Rowling
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
CH: a romantic suspense by Mary Alford
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
CH: I have discovered I love oil painting and I'm not too bad at it.
4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
CH: Almond milk, diet
coke, eggs, and a vodka drink. Weird combination, right?
you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new
CH: I'm working on a new series where the main character is a
paparazzi in Hollywood.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
CH: Creating characters that make me laugh and cry.
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