About

Short Version

Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo is the author of Loteria, Santa Muerte, The Missing, and Poems of My Night.

Long Version

I’m a writer. I write horror, mystery, thrillers and poetry.

My first published work, Loteria, was self-published. It was my graduate thesis from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for my Master of Fine Arts in Writing. My first novel, Santa Muerte, about the Mexican cult of death, was published by Post Mortem Press, followed by my second novel, the sequel of Santa Muerte  – The Missing.

My poetry collection, Poems of My Night, was published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2016.

Santa Muerte, The Missing, and Poems of My Night have all been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. Poems of My Night was also nominated for an Elgin Award.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Master of Science in Marketing, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and I’m a Doctoral Candidate in Business Psychology.

I was raised in inner city Chicago, where I still live. I live with my husband, sons, an ancient Shih Tzu, and an Australia Cattle Hound with too much energy.

What’s next?

While I have enjoyed being an indie author, I have grown up, a lot. It’s time to move on. I’m working on my new novel and hope (wish, pray, etc) to find the right literary agent to represent me and my work so we can live happily ever after in the world of horror writing.

You can contact me here: cinapelayoblog@gmail.com