Monday, October 19, 2015

Anything For a Mystery, book 1 in the Nosy Neighbor Series by Cynthia Hickey ends Oct. 26th

 Please welcome Cynthia Hickey to my blog this week. She's giving away a copy of Anything for a Mystery, the first book in her Nosy Neighbor Series. Leave a comment and your email addy to enter. Also, let me know if you're a follower of my blog for an extra entry!

A lot of people have the misconception that writing is a glamorous job. My writing day starts out like this…
· I wake up at six a.m. (which is always a good thing), fix my coffee and check my emails and sales reports.
· I eat a bowl of oatmeal and work on clients’ needs.
· At approximately 7:30 a.m. I take a shower and get dressed.
· Around 8:00 a.m. I start writing. I always tell myself I won’t do anything else until I reach 2,000 words on my current work in progress. This NEVER works. Inevitably, I’ll get an email that needs addressing.
· When I finish my word count, sometime around noon, I have lunch. Most times, I work at my desk while eating, but occasionally…I’ll sneak in a taped episode of Castle or Criminal Minds or Property Brothers, then go back to work.
· On a normal day, my work day ends around four p.m. On a good day, it might end around 2:30 or 3:00
· I empty dishwasher, fill dishwasher, ignore the rest of the house, and veg in front of the TV or run errands.
I am a busy woman and I wouldn’t have it any other way , but it is far from glamorous.


This cute little place holds everything I need, and almost everything means something personal. I have a dry erase board to schedule my next writing project, keep tabs on other writing jobs, and to list what I need to do at home.

The bulletin board holds websites addresses I visit on a regular basis and holds my favorite quote. It’s by Erma Bombeck and says, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

There is a silk rose given to me by a student of the elementary school I used to work at. It sits in a mug that says, “What deadline?” Next to that is a frog tape dispenser, which to me means, Fully Rely On God. (F.R.O.G.) Holding an assortment of fun pencils and ink pens is a ceramic mug brought to me from Mexico by a cafeteria worker at the same elementary school. I have a pink fuzzy bird holding a plaque that states, “Do not start with me–you will not win” and a fuzzy angel flamingo pen, because who doesn’t want one of those?

On the wall is a framed Life magazine focusing on “Gone With the Wind” and a Newsweek “Elvis” edition. These are the two categories I collect. I love anything Elvis or Gone With the Wind.

To the left of the desk is a glass tank that holds two Sulcata tortoise hatchlings. On the floor at my feet are two dogs. Behind me is a wall of books: fiction, non-fiction, research. This is my world and I love it.

Writing is not only my job, it is my passion. I love being an author. I love owning a small press. I went from five to twenty clients. Some are much more active than others, so it makes a nice balance. I take Sundays off. Thankfully, my children are grown. I am grateful to God more than I can say for giving me this opportunity.

Welcome to the new chapter in my life! I wouldn’t have it any other way!

My newest mystery for your enjoyment is Jogging is Bad For Your Health. Enjoy!

When Stormi's nephew asks her to help him stop the abuse to a friend of his, Stormi is more than willing to step in. What she finds is worse than anything she imagined. No amount of research prepared her for a group of men so evil, Stormi must dig deep inside herself and call on God to rescue the man she loves. Purchase Here

Multi-published and Amazon 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 had several historical romances release in 2013, 2014, 2015 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold half a million copies of her works. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazone blog and Suspense Sisters blog. Her and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s well-known authors. 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


  1. Loved the interview! I can really picture your little writing world!
    I am a blog follower.

  2. The Nosy Neighbor Series sounds like a fun series. I also enjoyed the interview and your description of where you work.
    I am a follower.

  3. Really enjoyed this interview. Now I can picture Cynthia when I communicate with her. I am a blog follower.

  4. Cynthia,
    Thanks for the information about your series. Even if I don't win, I will be buying this series for our church library.
    Janet E.

  5. Love all the detail about where you write, etc. My dog stays with me wherever I sit as I am a follower :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

  6. Hi Cynthia, thank you for sharing your work day and your writing space. This series sounds so fun!
    Blessings to both you and Debbie!
    Debbie, I follow your blog.
    cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Anything For a Mystery ~ I am a historical fiction reader so I hope I win to propel me into mysteries! I shared this link on my Facebook news page, and am a follower of Debbie Lynne's and receive e-mail's of her posts. I love that quote by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
    Thank you for this interview! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  8. Congratulations Betti! You won! Watch for an email.