Cindy Anstey

Nova Scotia


Cindy Anstey spends her time writing and adventuring around the world. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her backyard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies was her debut novel. She currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada. Contact her on Twitter at @CindyAnstey

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We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Announcing DEADLY CURIOUS by Cindy Anstey!

Hello Swoon Readers,Exciting news! A new Cindy Anstey Historical Mystery will be on the shelves of your local bookstore next April. Yes!! It’s called Deadly Curious and the gorgeous cover, as you would expect, evokes mystery and drama, and danger… with a touch of romance.A sharp, intense pain in his neck stilled his hands. He felt a warm cascade of ... Read More


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Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Swoon Author Cindy Anstey's First Draft Report: I Was NOT Impressed!

I have been working on The Hummingbird Dagger for quite some time—years, actually. I might save some dignity if I confess that this book was my first complete manuscript. Yes, I began my writing career with high drama: blood dripping and mysterious persons causing havoc. It was a lark and since I thought the manuscript would never see the light ... Read More


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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Swoon Author Cindy Anstey's Editing Update: Like Sharpening a Blade

Writing The Hummingbird Dagger was an adventure on its own. I loved describing high drama and placing my characters in dire situations that they had to overcome. I was able to use words like "thundering hooves" and the "shrill sounds of distress." *rubbing hands together* Yes, it was exciting. Powered by Giphy Now, onto editing. Having been through the process ... Read More


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Thursday, October 25th, 2018

A Day in the Life of Cindy Anstey, Swoon Author

Good morning. The author yawns and leaps out of bed ready to slay dragons (if she is working on a fantasy) or face down murderers (yes, working on a mystery). Breakfast means time to think while munching without jotting anything down. By the time she’s poured her coffee, the author is ready to deal with the 19th century. Powered by ... Read More


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Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Swoon Author Cindy Anstey: Publishing Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be... It's Better

Publishing a book is not all that it’s cracked up to be… it’s better.I had no idea what I was getting into when I received the call. Yes, the "Surprise!-We-love-your-book-and-want-to-publish-it!" call. I was in shock for weeks. I walked through the grocery story chin high, strutting. Thinking, The published author is now picking up a can of peas. The published ... Read More


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