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The Art of Vanishing (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)
Publisher: Henery Press (February 28, 2017)
Paperback: 262 pages
Kindle – ASIN: B01NBHR7Y6
When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.
The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
What initially got you interested in writing?
I don’t remember ever not wanting to write!
What genres do you write in?
Fiction, poetry, and literary criticism.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I think most children tell stories, and some of us just keep on telling them in various forms, like fiction and poetry; the literary criticism, however, is a product of the profession (I teach English).
How did you break into the field?
Just kept sending things out. I’d had poems, stories, and essays published here and there over the years, but it wasn’t until I received the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers that the novel began to seem like a possibility. Malice Domestic folks were the first ones in the mystery field to say yes, and I’m forever grateful to them. The next step was Henery Press saying yes, and of course I’m extremely grateful to them as well!
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I hope that they enjoyed the reading, first and foremost. If they walk away thinking about some of the issues explored within, too, that would be wonderful.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Articulating the story that you are compelled to tell.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Everything about writing can be challenging, honestly. But it’s creative too, so that balances things out.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Never give up. Read as much as you can, write as much as you can, and join groups that are engaged in the same work that you are (for example, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers).
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love all kinds of traditional mysteries, but especially academic mysteries.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I can’t think of anything. Kind of embarrassing, that.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
There’s more information at cynthiakuhn.net.
Thank you for hosting me!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD and other publications. She teaches English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. Visit her at cynthiakuhn.net or @cynthiakuhn.
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