Wednesday, March 1, 2017


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.
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.



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 or @cynthiakuhn.
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Interview with Cynthia Kuhn
How did you come up with name of this book?
It was a process! I knew I wanted to have the word “Vanishing” in there, and we wanted it to have a similar structure to the first book title, which had something academic plus something mysterious. So I generated lots of potential titles, and this is the one that stuck. There were different phases...originally, it was Vanishing Lessons, then A Study in Vanishing, then finally The Art of Vanishing, which made the most sense because it ties into Arts Week, which is a big part of the book.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
Yes, I read constantly: since I’m an English professor, it’s required for work, plus I read a little bit every night for fun too. My favorite genre is traditional mystery.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I draft with music on in the background (usually classical), but I have to revise without any sound because it’s a different kind of concentration.
If you could choose one of your books to be made into a movie which would it be and why?
The first in the series because it sets up everything to come, and I could “see it” when I was writing it, so I think it would translate visually. (Then again, I could see the second one too! May I choose them both?)
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I prefer to focus on one at a time. But when I finished the first book, I put it away and drafted the second one. Afterwards, I went back and finished the first, then returned to the second. Yes, it’s confusing too me too...
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  1. I really enjoyed the whole post. I would love to read the book.

  2. Hi Teresa, thank you for the interview--great questions!

  3. Great excerpt! Makes me want to know more. Can't wait to read.

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