Cynthia Townley


Find out why Trained To Kill - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel is garnering 4 and 5 Star reviews at Amazon.

As an avid reader I like series novels. I like the fact I can follow the characters as they progress and develop book after book. I have purchased many such novels and I understand the writer's determination to keep writing them as long as they sell. But I believe there comes a time when the material gets stale, or the characters become so twisted we have to say goodbye to those that have become favorites and start fresh elsewhere. As a new writer, I hope to recognize that and not continue down a path that leads to reviewers writing, "Huh? What's she doing to that character?", "Stop demoralizing that character!" or worse, "I'm not buying any more of your books."

I also believe novels should be entertaining. The Detective Oliver Rousseau series is not intended to be government spy novels, but I have introduced Oliver's past government training in Trained To Kill to expand the storyline in future books. This series is not hardcore espionage; no more than writing psychics into the storyline make it a paranormal novel, although I may expand on that in the future.

The Detective Oliver Rousseau series is intended to be fun, entertaining crime fiction, with action and suspense, for men and women of all ages. And don't be surprised to find me writing in genres other than crime fiction in the future.

I live in Houston, Texas with my husband and I am working on my next novel. Please visit me on Facebook at Mystery-Crime-Novelist-Cynthia-Townley or drop me a comment on Facebook at Cynthia Townley.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Every morning with a cup of coffee in hand, and Joey (my mixed Terrier) near my feet, I review what I wrote the day before and the story takes off. While I'm writing one book, I'll hear something interesting on the news and I'll think that would make a good story. So as I'm writing one book I'm always thinking ahead about the next one and taking notes.
What are you working on next and do you see yourself writing in other genres?
As long as the readers are giving my Detective Oliver Rousseau novels 4 & 5 Star reviews I'll keep writing them. When the high ratings fall off that will be my guide to knowing the readers are tired of them and I'll go on to something else. While I hope to write many more Detective Oliver Rousseau novels, I am working on my first romance novel, late at night. I won't allow it to take time away from Oliver but the balance of murder and romance helps me keep a level head. Focusing only on murder and mayhem takes it toll because I'm always thinking like someone I'm not - a detective, a psychic, and a murderer.
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Where to buy in print


The Protector - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel
Series: A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,080. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The Protector is the third installment in the much anticipated exciting new series featuring Detective Oliver Rousseau and his wife, Marin. As in all of the Rousseau novels, Oliver will have to peel back the layers to get to the truth. The story is crisp, fast-paced, and the plot convoluted and innovative. Don't miss book one in the series Trained To Kill, and book two, Unsuspecting.
Unsuspecting - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel
Series: A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,660. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A parent's nightmare - their daughter away at college in a safe environment becomes the target of a sadistic killer - who has killed before and gotten away with it. Townley writes page-turning suspense...A roller-coaster plot and savvy dialogue and when you least expect it she throws an explosive curve-ball. Unsuspecting doesn't disappoint.
How To Publish An Ebook In 5 Days
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,200. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This manual is essential for first-time authors. When people heard I published a book in five days they wanted to know how I did it. This manual is a "tell-all" of the challenges I faced with traditional book publishing versus self-publishing, and the months of research that drove me to the decision to self-publish my first novel. I hope you find it helpful. Check my website for updates.
Trained To Kill - A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel
Series: A Detective Oliver Rousseau Novel, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,210. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
Fast-paced suspense, explosive action, a MUST-READ. Suspense at it's most intense and an ending you never see coming. Trained To Kill grabs the reader. Watch the book trailer for a preview.

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