Author Interview: 10 Questions With Cynthia Hickey

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Editors’ Note: This interview was done a year ago and has been edited with updated information. See the entry below for Cynthia’s New Release.

Our Author Interview today is with Cynthia Hickey. Thanks for being here today Cynthia and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: My husband and I have seven children (His three, my one, and we adopted three more), plus five grandchildren. Our life is very busy and I am blessed that my family respects my writing time. With only one child left at home, it’s easy to set aside hours specifically for writing. I treat my writing as a job and work from 8 to 2:00 every day Monday through Friday.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: Hanging out with the family is a big one. I also enjoy reading, riding my bike, and crocheting. My family benefits from my crochet projects.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: I treat my ebooks the same as I do my print books. The marketing effort I’ve found that works the best is tweeting and blog interviews. These seem to get the most information out to the most readers.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Charlotte Nelson arrives in the tiny mountain town of Plumville, Arkansas, 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 Charlotte’s 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 love?

Taming the Sheriff


Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: Most of my themes or messages seem to be along the same path, and one I myself struggle with: Letting go and letting God take control.

Question: Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.

Answer: Kids make me laugh, plain and simple. The things they do and say never cease to amaze me.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: I have a few books coming out in the near future. The next print book through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line is the second of four books about the Harvey Girls. Waitresses in the Fred Harvey company who served passengers along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. They truly were the women who tamed the west.

Question: What is your current WIP

Answer: I am currently working on the next mystery in my River Valley mystery series and hope to release it in ebook form by the end of 2013.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: Thirty, in a combination of print and ebook

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: I have more mysteries coming out, more historical romances, a romantic suspense, and a time traveling romantic suspense.

Editor’s Note:

Cynthia’s New Release: The Rancher’s Dilemma

The Rancher's Dilemma


About the Author:

Cynthia Hickey

Cynthia Hickey has been making up stories since she was a child. How fortunate that she finally found an outlet for her, uh, fictional tellings.

Multi-published and Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. 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, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 250,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona 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 a writer”. Visit her website at where you can see her list of romantic suspense, historical romance, and cozy mysteries and sign up for her newsletter to win a free cookbook.

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