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Today I feature author Cynthia Kuhn

Title: The Art of Vanishing
Series: A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery
Author: Cynthia Kuhn
Publisher: Henery Press
Release Date: Feb 28th, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery

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.

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Say Hello to author Cynthia Kuhn!

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series, which includes The Semester of OurDiscontent (an Agatha award nominee) and The Art of Vanishing. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She teaches English in Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please

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What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – panster, planner or something entirely different?

Somewhat of a hybrid. I begin with a numbered outline—one action or idea for each chapter that serves as a backbone for events, but as I write, the story goes wherever it needs to. (I do enjoy the surprises as they unfold.)

What are you reading right now?

The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman. She’s an amazing writer; I’ve loved all of her books so far.

What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?

Skinny vanilla latte. Though I wish Starbucks would bring back the sugar-free caramel—still miss it tremendously.

What is your favorite season?

Glorious, wonderful fall. Adore the brisk weather and gorgeous turning of the leaves.

Which book do you wish was a movie or TV show?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which is very smart and very dark. Or more of Sophie Kinsella’s delightful and uplifting books. (I’ve always wanted to see Margaret Atwood’s incredible book Alias Grace onscreen, and they’re making it now—so excited!)

Coffee, Wine or something else?

Coffee and water daily; red wine (cabernet, please) on special occasions.

Where are you most inspired?

I grew up on the edge of Lake Ontario, and every time I walked on the beach next to the crashing waves, I felt inspired. I’m out west in a landlocked state now, though, so inspiration happens more randomly. (But I’m always grateful when it does happen!)

What are you working on now?

Book three in the series, in which Lila once again bumps into a campus mystery and must don her sleuthing cap!

Thank you so much for letting me visit today!

Please leave a comment below today to be entered to win a Kindle version of The Semester of Our Discontent or The Art of Vanishing (winner’s choice).

Winner will be selected randomly (via number generator)—and the name will be posted at the end of the comments.

Thank you, Cynthia, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous new release, The Art of Vanishing on For the Love of Chick Lit. I really need to start this series, it sounds great!

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  • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

    Thanks so much for having me on your site today!

    March 29, 2017 at 11:55 am
  • Reply meredithgschorr

    Great interview. I share so many of your answers – coffee and water all day, every day. Fall is my favorite season. And I am a hybrid plotter/punster (It keeps changing my “a” to a “u” which is very annoying, but you know what I mean 🙂

    March 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Thanks, Meredith! We’ll have to have a party this fall…with coffee and water. 😉

      March 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Pam Morse

    I too am coffee and water, but prefer white wine!

    March 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply annettedashofy

    I’m right there with you on the sugar-free caramel, Cynthia!

    March 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Think I’m still going through withdrawal…every once in awhile, I just order one, just to see if it’s back. Maybe one magical day, it will be?

      March 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Elaine N

    Good interview! I enjoyed the first book in the series and am looking forward to reading “The Art of Vanishing”.

    March 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Thanks so much, Elaine! Appreciate the kind words!

      March 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Marla B

    Thanks for the interesting interview! Fall is my favorite season too, although spring is a close second.

    March 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Thanks for the comment, Marla! Spring is lovely too–agree. Especially when the flowers start appearing again.

      March 29, 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Lisa Hudson

    Very nice interview! I’m a coffee & water drinker, too. No wine – tea for me. Fall is myfavorite season as well. I love how your books have the campus setting!!

    March 29, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Thanks so much, Lisa! And tea is delightful–good call.

      March 29, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply beckmank

    I’ve got the first book on my TBR – it sounds like such a fun series. I need to get reading, I didn’t realize a second book was out! Great interview.

    March 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Hi Beckmank–thank you and I hope you enjoy the book!

      March 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Cynthia Blain

    The first book in this series was excellent and I would truly enjoy reading book 2. Thank you.
    Cynthia B.

    March 29, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      Appreciate the comment so much, Cynthia! Thanks for stopping by.

      March 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Cynthia Blain

    This interview was great. I love to learn a new tidbit about authors that I read. Thank you

    Cynthia B

    March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

      So glad you enjoyed! Grateful to have the chance to visit.

      March 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Jaymi Couch

    This looks like a wonderful read!

    March 30, 2017 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Cynthia Kuhn

    The random number generator has spoken, and THE WINNER IS…Elaine N! (Congratulations! Elaine, could you please send me your email through the contact form ( so that I can send your prize?)

    Thank you so much to everyone for stopping by! <3

    March 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply Elaine N


      March 31, 2017 at 5:43 pm

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