Cyn Mackley

Cyn Mackley


September 6, 2016


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Tell us more about some of your past projects?

I’m the author of the mystery novels American Goth and What The Chat Dragged In. I’ve also written a guide to Windows 10 and worked as a web content producer and promotions producer at local television stations.

What current projects are you working on?

I’m doing the final edits on my upcoming novel, Killer Clowns From Out Of State, as well as writing an updated guide to Windows 10.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

This area is incredibly supportive of the arts. I’ve have so many wonderful creative friends and mentors. We’re always there to help each other. There’s a real small-town type support system here. I’m from a small town, so I know.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

Seeing my first novel in print. It’s been a life-long dream. Seriously, I wrote my first book when I was six and home on a sick day.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

Everything I see and do. It all gets synthesized in and comes out as stories. American Goth was inspired by some of the small town crime stories I heard about when working in news. What The Chat Dragged In was sparked by my love of food blogging combined with an incident that happened to a friend of a friend. Killer Clowns From Out of State was inspired by attending a performance of Cirq Du Soleil at the Huntington Center, and speculating what these people might do in their off hours.

Tell us about your background.

I grew up in a housing project in Appalachia. I’m from a little town called Portsmouth on the Ohio River.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

Feelings are not facts.

Favorite place for local culture?

The Walmart on Glendale. The Art Museum is pretty good, too. Seriously, the library system and the TMA are just the best.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

The Fern and Lakes trail at Oak Openings. It’s like another world.

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

Honestly, I do not chill. Well maybe for an hour and fifteen minutes a week when I take a yoga class at Still Waters Yoga. When the Zoo isn’t very crowded, I like to go sit in front of the coral reef tank in the aquarium.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

I love Walbridge Park and Sidecut Metropark. I’m a little sad they took out my favorite trails at Sidecut.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

I’m almost always writing, I really am. Or thinking about writing.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

I wish people would put their money where their mouths are. They say they want local book shops, art galleries, music venues etc... But don’t turn out to support them.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

I’m toying with the idea of having some actor friends work with me on a radio play version of my upcoming book The Girl Of His Dreams that we could broadcast on Facebook live.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

First name that comes to mind is Ray Bradbury. Though what I could possibly have to offer him is beyond me.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

All of them. Amazon Prime music is really my lifeline now.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

labor of love

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.  

Soundtrack from "Chess,"  Rhythm & Romance by Roseanne Cash, The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress by Flip Wilson, Le Carnaval des Animaux by Camille Saint-Saens, and AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. 

My biggest vice is . . .


I’d like to see __________  in Toledo.

Scientists and inventors.

What’s the last dream you recall having?

I dreamed that I stole a former coworker’s car and went joy riding but couldn’t figure out how to turn on the headlights. I’m not sure what that means.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“Don't get too close / It's dark inside It's where my demons hide.“  It reminded me of a character I’m writing.

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Nora Charles in The Thin Man. Strictly aspirational. She’s who I want to be.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

Without a doubt, a Malibu Barbie Beach Bus.  And my muse. The muse is good.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

No one big thing. But I’ve see some friends and relatives handle some tough times with grace and humor. And that does inspire me.  

I want my last meal to be…

Mr. Spot’s Philly cheesesteak, wings and waffle fries with a large Coke.


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