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Cindy Sample - . El Dorado Hills, CA, US

Cindy Sample Cindy Sample

El Dorado Hills, CA, UNITED STATES

Motivating with Humor



Cindy Sample is a retired CEO of a nationwide mortgage banking company who decided plotting murder was more interesting than plodding through paperwork. She is the award-winning author of a humorous mystery series set in the California gold country. DYING FOR A DATE was voted # 1 in romance in the 2010 P&E Readers Poll. The sequel, DYING FOR A DANCE was a finalist for the 2012 LEFTY Award for best humorous mystery. Cindy Sample enjoys sharing her journey with presentations ranging from "You're never too old to follow your dreams" to the "Pothole-filled path to publication." She has served on the boards of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento YWCA and is a past President of the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Cindy is currently working on DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI and enjoying the research!

Industry Expertise (1)

Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (3)




Accomplishments (3)

All Professional Mortgage Women Boss of the Year (professional)

Winner of the Boss of the Year Award

Left Coast Crime Best Humorous Mystery Award (professional)

Finalist for the 2012 Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery

Left Coast Crime Best Humorous Mystery Award (professional)

Finalist for the 2012 Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery

Education (1)

Bradley University: Bachelor of Arts, History, Business 1972

Attended Washington University School of Law

Affiliations (1)

  • California Writers Club, Northern California Publishers and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, Sacramento Speakers Meet-up, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America

Testimonials (5)

Marilyn Gannett, President | Soroptimist International of Roseville

Cindy Sample is an awesome speaker and author. Her presentation to our service club was motivating and kept us laughing throughout. We loved hearing how she embraced change with determination and humor. I loved DYING FOR A DATE and can’t wait for the next DYING FOR….

Polly Schack, Founder, Planet Mirth | Sacramento Children's Home2010 Fall Luncheon event

Cindy Sample is a delight to listen to. With personal stories, a store-load of first-hand information and a wit that won’t quit, she demonstrates an uncanny ability to engage, energize, educate, and thoroughly entertain her audiences. Never has learning been so much fun.

Cindy Holland, Education Chair | El Dorado County Women's Council of Realtors

I had the absolute honor of attending the Women’s Council of Realtors luncheon in April 2011, with guest speaker Cindy Sample. Her presentation “Realizing your Dreams” was so totally inspiring and uplifting. She was engaging, witty, charming and was able to weave real life experiences throughout the program. Her story telling talent had the room full of 60 women captivated and mesmerized by her charm and delightful sense of humor. We all left with a new drive to go out and conquer the world, all thanks to Cindy’s inspiration!

Sandy Dudley, President | Natomas Rotary

I found Cindy Sample's presentation delightful. It was humorous, honest and most of all fun.

Carolee Champlin, President | El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club

Cindy Sample delighted our El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club members at our Valentine's luncheon. She is an enthusiastic and fun speaker. Her faithful readers look forward to the release of her next book.

Sample Talks (1)

You're never too old to follow your Dreams

Motivational and humorous presentation



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