C. M. Surrisi has a BFA and a JD, as well as an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults. Her third Quinnie Boyd mystery, A Side of Sabotage, was a 2019 finalist for the Agatha Award. Along with her husband and two dogs she lives in St. Paul, MN. She is represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, SCBWI, Women’s National Book Association, National League of American Pen Women, and the Author’s Guild.

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Late Bloomer: Cynthia Surrisi,” Cynthia Surrisi, A is for Aging, B is for Books, 8 Nov 2018 (Lindsey McDivitt’s blog). “I was fortunately born with an indomitable creative spirit. I believe we all are. Mine has survived every attempt to douse it. … ” (download this article as a PDF)

The Traditional Mystery: A Roundtable Discussion,” CrimeReads.com, 1 May 2019, in which “nominees for the Agatha Award Weigh in on the State of the Cozy.” I enjoyed being interviewed for this article for Malice Domestic.


The Best Mother
The Maypop Kidnapping
Vampires on the Run
A Side of Sabotage

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