“Cindy Sample is a national bestselling and award-winning author of the Laurel McKay Mysteries. She is a former mortgage banking CEO who decided that plotting murder was more entertaining than plodding through paperwork. She retired to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a mystery author.

Her first humorous romantic mystery, Dying for a Date, was released in 2010. The sequel, Dying for a Dance, was a finalist for the 2012 LEFTY award for best humorous mystery and winner of the 2011 NCPA award for Best Fiction. Dying for a Daiquiri released in October 2013 was a finalist for the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for Best Traditional Mystery and a 2014 LEFTY award finalist for best humorous mystery. Dying for a Dude, released on November 1, 2014 was a finalist for the 2015 LEFTY Award as well as a finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Award in both the humor and mystery categories.

Cindy Sample is a popular motivational speaker on topics ranging from: You’re Never Too Old to Follow Your Dreams, The Pothole-filled Path to Publication, and Creative Marketing for Killer Sales. Cindy has served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera and YWCA, and as president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime.

For more information about speaking engagements, please fill out Cindy’s contact form.

Speaking Testimonials:

“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….”

Marilyn Garnett, President, Soroptimist International of Roseville

“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.”

Polly Schack, Founder: Planet Mirth–Where Laughter Makes a World of Difference

“If you EVER EVER EVEEEER Get the opportunity to hear Cindy Sample share her insights, RUN do not walk to hear & meet her!! We cannot thank her enough for presence, brilliance, stories of tenacity and stick-to-it-tive-ness!!

Deidre  Trudeau, Founder of Women’s Success Now

“Cindy Sample, former mortgage banking CEO turned award-winning author, is a humorous, entertaining and witty speaker. She’ll bring that sparkle to your meeting in a manner that is sure to motivate anyone who has the pleasure of listening to her.”

Pat Canterbury, Board Member – Soroptimist International of Sacramento

“When Cindy Sample spoke to the Renaissance Society on the California State University Sacramento campus, you could hear a pin drop – that is, when the audience wasn’t laughing – proving yet again that her understated style belies the wit that comes out of her.”

Kimberly Edwards, Program Director, CSUS Renaissance Society

“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!”

Cindy Holland, Education Chair–El Dorado County Women’s Council of Realtors

“Cindy Sample will teach you how to sell both yourself and your books. She knows the how-tos and the why-nots. Her workshop is down-to-earth, creative and fun and you’ll find out how she cashed in on National Daiquiri Day at a liquor store! You’ll come away with fresh ideas and a new enthusiasm for marketing.”

Michele Drier, President, Capitol Crimes

“I found Cindy Sample’s presentation delightful. It was humorous, honest and most of all fun!”

Sandy Dudley, President, Natomas Rotary

“Cindy Sample delighted our El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club members at our annual Valentine’s luncheon. She is a fun and enthusiastic speaker. Her faithful readers are looking forward to the release of her next book.”

Carolee Champlin, President, El Dorado Hills Newcomers Club

On Sale Now!