Friday, March 10, 2017

**Giveaway** The Art of Vanishing by Cynthia Kuhn **Review & Interview**

The Art of Vanishing (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)
Publisher: Henery Press (February 28, 2017)
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111699
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.


This is the second book in the series. I have yet to read the first book although now I really want to. Not only to put the puzzle pieces together, but because this was such a good read. The author has a talent for creating a story that is serious yet have an undertone of light and fun to allow the reader to enjoy the story. I met Lila's mother in this book and, oh boy! Her mother...what a character! I can only imagine having a mother and her friends would not be boring!
This was a well-written and captivating read. Her mom's famous author friend comes into the picture and that's when the story goes awry....And the big twist!
 The story-line is unique and different and Lila is such a good and cool person but, I did think she was too...polite and friendly. She seemed too eager to please everyone and be everyone's friend.  Although, that is my only gripe, lol.

Author Interview:
Thank you so much for stopping by today and chatting!!

Where do you get your ideas?
Usually thinking about a topic, wondering “what if x happened,” and imagining the rest.

What is your writing process like?
Draft fast, followed by a million revisions!

What advice do you have for writers?
Read as much as you can, write as much as you can, and never give up. Also join professional groups dedicated to the kind of writing that you do—both for the community and the learning opportunities.

What is the first book that made you cry?
Anne of Green Gables

Do you find it easier to write character and dialogue for the opposite sex because you are the opposite sex? (A woman writing a man’s part and dialogue for example).
Interesting question—I’ve never thought about that. I haven’t experienced one or the other to be easier...yet.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Taking too many days off between writing sessions can make it more difficult to get back into the zone.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Not that I know of!  

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing, if at all?
It didn’t change my process, but knowing that I’d made it through a complete manuscript before made it harder for me to justify giving up during the inevitable moments of doubt and despair.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
My first book was a scholarly study, so I did research for a full year before writing a single word, then for several more years as I continued to write it! The mysteries are more research-as-I-go kind of thing, in the case of specific topics that pop up and need exploration. I also attend mystery-related presentations through conferences or groups like Sisters in Crime or Mystery Writers of America that inform the writing too, so it’s sort of a multilayered, ongoing process.

Thanks so much for letting me visit today!

Author Links
Twitter: @cynthiakuhn
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