After growing up in places as varied as southern California, South Carolina, Alaska, and Taiwan, Cindy earned a BA in English from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She then worked in journalism, marketing, and non-profit management before finding her passion for teaching. After more than a decade as a high school English teacher, she returned to her own education and earned an MA in English and a graduate certificate in Rhetoric and Composition from Appalachian State University in May 2017. Cindy’s master’s thesis is titled “Invitational Rhetoric and Gossip: A Feminist Rhetorical Reading of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.” She began her English PhD studies at UNCG in August 2017 and is focusing her research on women’s rhetoric. She has one daughter, a senior at AppState, and lives in Union Mills, NC with a dozen pets. Her love for Christie’s mysteries began when she was 12 years old and picked up a copy of The Mousetrap while visiting her grandparents in Nebraska. She’s been hooked ever since!