Cynthia Hickey – Story Behind the Story – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Historical romance author, Cynthia Hickey shares the inspiration behind her latest release, Taming the Sheriff. Comment on this post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Nov 9th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Cynthia:

Cynthia HickeyTaming the Sheriff by Cynthia Hickey


I’ve been making up stories since I was little. Almost since the time I learned to read. Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a teacher. Being an author didn’t occur to me in any shape or form, although I always wrote my stories down. No, I was pretty emphatic about being a teacher.

            Funny how God often has other plans. I didn’t go to college (kind of need to in order to be a teacher). I got married right out of high school when my boyfriend joined the Air Force. It wasn’t until my second marriage and almost twenty years later that I became a teacher of sorts. First, girl scouts, then Sunday school for ten years, then foster care for nine more years, then I worked in an Elementary School as a Detention Monitor. Maybe not a teacher in the normal sense, but still a teacher all the same.

            And, I kept on writing my stories down. While working at the Elementary School, I had opportunities to write while supervising students. As time went by, I wrote more and dealt less with children. My dream was changing.

            Or…was teaching ever what I was meant to do in the first place? Was I stepping outside of God’s will for me? Sure, I was ministering, in a way, to His flock, but did God want me to take all those story ideas He gave me and put them in the pages of a book?

            I entered a time of introspection. Now, with one teenager still at home, God has given me the gift of full-time writing. Isn’t it funny how He can change your dream? Or did He?

About Cynthia: Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. 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. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents. 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

About the book – Taming the Sheriff:


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?

Come back Nov 4th for me! Yep I’ve got another new release in my rodeo series!

14 Responses to “Cynthia Hickey – Story Behind the Story – Part 1 of 1”

  • Leanna Morris says:

    Really enjoyed this post. I’d love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Britney Adams says:

    Thank you for sharing this interview. Cynthia has certainly become a teacher in so many areas. I would love to read Charlotte and Asher’s story in TAMING THE SHERIFF! I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Beth C says:

    Taming the Sheriff looks like a very good book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Angie Carroll says:

    Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers!

  • Sonja says:

    Cynthia sounds a lot like me! I liked to write when I was young, also. I still find those little stories and plays that I wrote and have to just smile at the memories! Love her style and would love to win this great-sounding book!

  • chris granville says:

    Sounds like a wonderful story
    God bless u

  • Janet Estridge says:

    I love reading the Heartsong Presents books. They are small enough to take anywhere.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  • Melanie Backus says:

    I love good books and this one sounds like a winner. I would love to be a winner too! Thank you for the opportunity.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  • Hi Shannon. I tho’t had entered but see no comment by me, so here I am. I fell in love with this cover and knew I wanted the book. And, like cozy Mysteries. Please put my name in the drawing and may GOD bless you. Thanks to Cynthia sharing her book with us and to both of you for this give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  • shelia hall says:

    Great sounding book! Love the chance to win it!

  • Joy says:

    This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!
    Joy Hannabass

  • This sounds like a great story, thank you for the chance to win it.


  • Merry says:

    I loved hearing about Cynthia’s journey using her gift of teaching. Please include me in the drawing, I enjoy Cynthia’s books. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Sonja won the drawing. I appreciate Cynthia for being here and everyone else for stopping by.

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