Author Spotlight—Cynthia Kuhn

Murder, Most Academic

Cynthia Kuhn is a gem of an author. I have been eager to share her in this event, as I think of her as such an up and coming mystery author. I could picture a TV series based on her first book, and plan to pre-order the next book when possible.

Cynthia, was such a sport to chat with. A stunning personality that shines through her writing. I hope that you take the time to read the interview and check out the book!

About The Author

Cynthia KuhnCynthia 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 literature, writing, and film at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please visit CynthiaKuhn.net.

My Interview With The Author

Bree

Hi Cynthia, thanks for stopping by the blog. Let’s get right to it. What drew you to writing cozies? As a professor, did you find the balance difficult? Or did you find it easy to write and teach?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

I have been a cozy fan for a long time! There’s something about the small-town environment, quirky characters, and the fact that order will be restored by the end that is very appealing. And yes, I find it very difficult to juggle parenting, professing, and writing. But I just try to take it one day at a time.

Bree

That is what draws me in as a reader. I love that each mystery always brings a closure and knowledge that the characters will go on. That mayhem has ended.

Cynthia Kuhn

I agree! And when a series is wonderful, I just fall in love with the characters and can’t wait to see what they get up to next.

Bree

Yes! As an author do you feel like a gardener to the characters? Cultivating their lives?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

That’s a beautiful way of thinking about it, Bree! Well said. 🙂

Bree

Cynthia, tell me about your series.Lila sounds like a wonderfully bright gal. How did you research the plots and elements in the book?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

The series is focused on a new college professor who thinks she’s landed her dream job until things start happening…things that aren’t so good. And they will continue to happen (sorry, Lila) as the series progresses. She becomes a sort of reluctant amateur sleuth.

Bree

Haha, I think many characters do reluctantly get in the middle.

 

Cynthia Kuhn

Because I’ve been in academia a long time, I didn’t have to do much research about the environment or the position Lila has as professor, but I did look at a variety of different schools on certain points to see how much they differed (like length of time before applying for tenure, for example).

Bree

And how did you come upon the symbol idea?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

Good question! That came right away during the first draft. I knew that there needed to be an arrow pointing at…something (trying not to give too much away). The original symbol was different, though…more of a Greek symbol than what it became later on.

As I revised the book, the fairy tale aspects kept getting stronger, so eventually I realized that the symbol needed to change.

Bree

I like that! I’m one of those that likes when a killer has a calling card.

 

Cynthia Kuhn

A calling card…yes. Some people can write those so well that just the sight of it can give you chills! 🙂

Bree

What’s the biggest joy writing brings to you?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

The biggest joy is being creative and playing among words.

Bree

How do you unwind from writing a book?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

Unwinding after writing the book, I would LOVE to say that I go outside in the fresh air and frolic in meadows, but the truth is that I like to binge-watch something on Netflix. *blushes*

Bree

If you didn’t write mysteries, what would you write?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

If I didn’t write mysteries, I might give fantasy a try. I’ve had a few plot-flash ideas in that genre lately. (By “plot-flash,” I mean glimmers of storylines that beckon.)

Bree

What do you want future readers to know about Lila?

 

Cynthia Kuhn

She’s someone with a good heart who stands up for what she believes in, even if it causes problems for her (and it does indeed).

Bree

I love women like that. Okay, I think we had a fabulous chat! I’m so honored to have had the chance to discuss Lila with you. When can we expect the next one?

Cynthia Kuhn

It was a very fun chat–thanks so much for the thoughtful questions! Lila #2 will be out in early spring 2017.

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2 Comments

  1. Cynthia Kuhn

    Thanks so much for having me, Bree!

    Reply
  2. Robin L. Coxon

    What a great interview with Cynthia Kuhn. I haven’t read anything of hers so I am definitely adding it to my list for Santa this year.

    Reply

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