Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CHEESE BALLS - Cynthia Hickey

Yep! I’m addicted to these round, cheese-covered balls of delight. As I sit penning my next who-dun-it, or tweeting about the mystery, or doing research, I’m crunching on these not-good-for-you, but taste mighty fine treats.


What does this have to do with writing you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

Many authors, have a go-to snack, that keeps them at the keyboard. When I was writing, Anything For A Mystery, I had a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms next to my laptop. Oh, and don’t forget the diet coke! Gone is the cliché of a mystery author sitting at their computer with a burning cigarette in an ashtray and a glass of some kind of spirits next to them. Today’s author turns to other vices.


There is something about treats, and comfort food, that helps me come up with a crime, a list of suspects, the actual perpetrator, and a satisfying ending.


Do these things actually help me write? I doubt it, because they aren’t healthy. I’d probably think better with a plate of baby carrots and low fat dressing. Still, these are my friends and they help me pen my next story.


What kind of snacks do you go to in a pinch?


Multi-published and 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 has several historical romances releasing in 2013, 2014, 2015 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 200,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. 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



  1. White chocolate covered pretzels, mixed nuts, and chocolate!

    ~Nancy Jill

  2. Charleston Chews! But, yes, I love m&ms and I prefer the white cheddar cheese Cheeto's.

    My "I just finished writing a book" go-to? A bag of chili cheese Frito's:)

  3. Potato chips, but I like them unsalted (I know I'm weird), and dark chocolate.