Robbins, former teacher and principal, is a best-selling and award winning
multi-published author of Christian fiction who lives with her husband in
Tennessee. To date she has published ten romantic suspense novels, one cozy
mystery, one novella, and eight historical romances. Angel of the Cove, her first book in the
historical romance series Smoky Mountain Dreams, was named the 2013 winner in
the Single Title Inspirational Category of the Gayle Wilson Award of
Excellence. This award is given by the Birmingham Southern Magic Chapter of
Romance Writers of America for excellence in writing romance. Also in 2013 her
Love Inspired Suspense books Shattered
Identity and FatalDisclosure were both awarded HOLT Medallions in different
categories of the Virginia Romance Writers of America contest to honor
outstanding literary talent. In addition her books Final Warning (Love Inspired Suspense) and The Columns of Cottonwood (Barbour) have been finalists in
the ACFW Carol Awards, and her cozy mystery Pedigreed Bloodlines (Barbour) was a finalist for the
Daphne du Maurier Award given by the Kiss of Death Chapter of Romance Writers
of America. Her novella Christmas
Comes to Bethlehem Maine released
in November, 2014, and made the Evangelical Christian Publishing Associations
Her latest book Fugitive Trackdown in the Bounty Hunters Series released in February,
2015, and will be followed by Fugitive at Large in May, and the third book December.
When did you decide to pursue writing and eventually
I had always dreamed of writing a book, but I was busy
teaching school and raising four children. One day about 2003 it occurred to me
that time was passing by and if I wanted to write a book, I needed to get busy.
I sat down at the computer and began to write. I attended my first ACFW
conference two years later and sold my first book soon afterwards.
What is your writing process like?Do you write daily?Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I try to write daily during the week. Since I’m a night
person, I like to write in the afternoons and after dinner. Sometimes I write
late into the night. I think at different times I’m either one or the other. I
write a synopsis when I begin a book, but I often find myself going in a
different direction as the story develops. That’s always exciting to me because
I feel like my characters are leading me into new territory. So, I suppose I
would describe myself as eclectic. My ideas come from a wide range of sources.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?Least favorite?
My favorite part is beginning a new book. I’m always excited
and just brimming with ideas. As the words flow, the story begins to speak to
me, and I begin to really embrace my characters and their feelings. My least
favorite part is wondering how readers are going to receive my work. I try not
to read my reviews, but sometimes curiosity overcomes me. It hurts when you see
that someone didn’t connect with what you were trying to say. However, my job
for seventeen years as a school principal helped me develop a thick skin, and
it’s come in handy as a writer.
What is one of the most interesting things you’ve discovered
in your research?
I love doing research, and I get excited when I find
something that will make my book even better. A few years ago after visiting
Ocracoke Island I wrote a three book series set on the island. One of the
stories revolved around the lighthouse that is located there. However, the
lighthouse was no longer open to visitors, and I needed to know something about
what it looked like inside. I got on youtube and found a video that had been
made of a tour for a group right after an intensive renovation had been done on
the structure. So I watched the video and felt as if I was right there touching
the inside walls and climbing the stairs to the widow’s walk at the top.
Another time I found a video on youtube of a group hiking up Gregory’s Bald in
the Smoky Mountains. I got to experience it without actually having to do the
hike. That’s the kind of research I like.
Please tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is Igniting the Flame: Firebrand Begins,
and it is up for preorder at amazon now. It is a novella that introduces the
three books that follow about the exploits of a band of brothers who were
covert operatives for the government. Now after ten years they have retired
from their dangerous lifestyle and have built a training center where they will
teach law enforcement officers, military personnel, and security guards the
techniques that they’ve learned. However, during their years of performing
missions around the world, they made enemies. Those enemies have now resurfaced
and are intent on getting vengeance on each of them and the people they love.
Igniting the Flame releases March 25, Targeted releases in
April, Hunted releases in May, and Betrayed releases in June.
Who or what inspired this special story?
In the last few years media news reports have been filled
with exploits of professional operatives who provide services to government
agencies. As the American public has become more educated about the individuals
who provide added assistance to the military, interest has grown in knowing
more about the individuals who choose to live such a life of danger. This
series provides a glimpse into the lives of three men who served their country
by planning and executing covert missions and how their exploits put themselves
and those they loved in danger.
Is there anything else you would like to share?What will you be working on next?
I am presently working on a four book contract for Love
Inspired Suspense that is titled Smoky Mountain Secrets. In a Killer’s Sights
the first book releases in July, and Stalking Season book two releases in
Can you tell us something about yourself that few people may
I have played the piano since I was six years old, and I
received a college degree in music. Through my college piano teacher who
studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, I can trace my piano
teachers back to Beethoven.
What is your most treasured possession?
That is a difficult question. I am an antique lover and have
many beautiful pieces that I’ve bought through the years including a large
collection of flow blue china and blue and white stoneware. However, a wise
elderly antique dealer once gave me some good advice when she said, “Honey,
they are just possessions. Nothing more.” I’ve always tried to look at the
things I have in that light, and I am thankful that God has let me enjoy them.
If you had to leave your house suddenly, what is one thing
you would grab, other than family and pets?
There is one thing that I would grab, and that’s the framed
picture of my mother and me taken when I was about three years old. She is
seated with me standing beside her with my hand in hers. She’s passed away now,
and that picture is very dear to me.
Thank you so much!Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
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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 Magazine blog and
Suspense Sisters blog. She 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 one cat.
She has seven grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that
“Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com