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Cynthia Hickey

Cynthia Hickey

Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers. An army brat, she grew up in many parts of the United States and Germany with most of my childhood spent in the foothills of the Ozark mountains in Arkansas. She is the mother of seven: three step-children, one birth child, and three adopted children. She has five grandchildren. She and her husband live in Arizona, surrounded by their children.
Q&A: Cynthia Hickey

Q&A: Cynthia Hickey

(October 2011)
Cynthia Hickey talks about her cozy mystery whodunit series starring amateur sleuth Summer Meadows. The trilogy kicks off with Fudge-Laced Felonies (Spyglass Lane Mysteries): Summer Meadows entered church on Sunday not to find God -- but to search for a killer...

Q: The Spyglass Lane Mysteries all have elements of romance, faith, and suspense -- which of those facets was hardest for you to write? Which was the easiest?
Wow. People are going to hate me for my answer, but they were all easy. Cozies were more like play than work to me. The faith element materialized with the character's personality. She needed to "Let Go and Let God."

Q: As a whodunit writer who is a Christian, in what ways did your faith impact how you write a murder mystery?
I needed the "bad" guy to have a motive for his actions, not just a love of killing, and extreme violence took place offstage.

Q: Tell us about your amateur sleuth.
Summer Meadows owns a candy store where she makes chocolates by hand. She's impulsive and a bit spoiled but has a heart of gold. She likes to help the underdog, which often gets her into a lot of trouble.

Q: Do you base your characters on people you know or are they totally made up?
According to my mother, Summer Meadows is alot like me. Her aunt, Aunt Eunice, is a conglomeration of my aunts.

Q: Who are the authors that inspire you as an author?
Diana Gabaldon, Janet Evanovich, Brandilyn Collins. Obviously, I'm all over the place.




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