Mini-interview: CECILY WINTER

Welcome to our series of mini-interviews with our published Mannison Minibook authors! We’ve enjoyed working with them so much that we wanted to get to know them a bit better. Today, we are interviewing…

Cecily Winter

Author of Mannison Minibook
The Many Ways of Heartbreak

Thanks for joining us, Cecily! Let’s learn a little about YOU! So tell us…

1. How old were you when you decided you were a writer?
At first, I was shy about publishing stories but in a late bid to finished my BA, I joined the staff of the college literary magazine and finally did risk placing poetry and short stories–by then around 30 years old.

2. What was the inspiration for The Many Ways of Heartbreak?
The inspiration for The Many Ways of Heartbreak was international news about recent political assassinations, by heartbreak grass in particular.

3. Were any of the characters in the story – Jessamine, Miss Deng – based on real people or experiences?
No one in the story was based on a real person, although I did join the names of one Chinese person and one Taiwanese person I know for Miss Deng’s name: Jessamine, of course, is named for the common form of the poison.

4. Did you have any specific music in mind as you wrote this story?
Music is not my muse. Tinkling doorbells, yes.

5. What’s your favorite genre to write in?
I have no favorite genre but I love to work with speculative elements and science.

6. Got anything new cookin’?
I have three novels anxious to be querying publishers and agents; numerous short stories half finished; and one story about a “lost boy” that might have suited your new anthology. Oh well.

7. And just for fun… Do you snack while you write?
I try not to, but it’s always junk when I do—chocolate (now in remission), chips, tortilla chips, salted nuts, or crackers. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to indulge us, Cecily! We hope you enjoyed sharing a bit about yourself and your work with our audience.

Up next: CRAIG CRAWFORD on Monday, July 6th!

The Many Ways of Heartbreak

Literary Fiction/Drama/YA (31 pages)

When she learns of her mother’s plans to relocate to Texas, teenage Jessamine refuses to leave Manhattan and plots her revenge in the bleak back alleys of spite and resentment.

Available in paperback and Kindle on AMAZON.
E-book also available on SMASHWORDS.

Cecily Winter lives in semi-rural New England with her husband and four-legged companions. She loves wildlife near and far and writes crime, speculative, and fantasy fiction. You can learn more on her website at or follow her Twitter account @winter_cecily.

Learn more about Mannison Minibooks here.


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