Old habits die hard. Just ask Cynthia Howell. Her unusual and quite illegal method of coping with stress started innocently enough with best friend and fellow dental student, Andy Caulfield. They had become quite adept at justifying their lapses in moral character. Upon graduation, it was agreed that their indiscretions would remain secret. Until now, when Cynthia receives an ominous letter, simply reading: You said it would be over. With these words, Dr. Andrew Caulfield – renowned maxillofacial surgeon, former best friend and author of the note – has unknowingly sealed his fate. Dr. Cynthia Howell, is a woman living on the edge. As a wife, mother, daughter and pillar of her community, she finds the burden too heavy to carry. Debt has become her unwelcome companion. She volunteers her time and services at a free clinic and is devoted to her ailing mother, who is slowly dissolving into the abyss of dementia. Cynthia needs a release and knows only one way to achieve it. Upon the arrival of the mysterious note, she concludes that, old friends or not, this has now become a matter of survival. And, not Andy Caulfield’s. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself rooting for the “bad guy” in this story with an unusual twist. Yes, Dr Cynthia Howell has issues, but who doesn’t these days?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always loved writing, but, like a lot of people, chose a “safe” career. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene with a Minor in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, I spent the next twenty-five(ish) years working in a private dental practice setting and raising my four children. One day, my son kicked me off the computer, created a blog site and ordered me to write. He was my relentless muse, leaving me no choice. I then collaborated with my good friend, fellow writer-wannabee and lover of murder and suspense, Petrina Collins, and, together, we sat down to write the story of an unusual killer.