Cynthia Leal Massey

Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey combines her background in journalism and love of history to write award-winning historical fiction and nonfiction. Born and raised on the south side of San Antonio, she has resided in Helotes, 20 miles northwest of the Alamo City since 1994. Active in her community, she has served on the Helotes City Council since 2008, serving as Mayor Pro Tem twice. A full-time writer who publishes history columns about Helotes for local publications, Cynthia is a past president of Women Writing the West, a national writers group. A former corporate editor, college instructor, and magazine editor, she has published hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, and is the author of six books.


Awards and Honors

Silver Medallion, 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Award, Western Nonfiction, Death of a Texas Ranger

Winner, 2015 Publication Award, San Antonio Conservation Society, Death of a Texas Ranger

Winner, 2008 Lone Star Award for Magazine Journalism, Houston Press Club, "Is UT Holding Our HIstory Hostage?"

Finalist, 2008 Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for Best Work of Magazine Journalism, "Is UT Holding Our History Hostage?"

Finalist, 2003 WILLA Literary Award, Softcover Original, The Caballeros of Ruby, Texas

Winner, 2002 Independent E-Book Award, Best Romance,Fire Lilies

Finalist, 2002 EPIC Award, Best Historical Novel, Fire Lilies

Will Rodgers award

Special Events

Upcoming Appearance

The Twig Bookstore, Sit & Sign with Photographers Rob Green and Mike Jones for  San Antonio, a photographic journey, during Farmer's Market at The Pearl, 306 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX   Saturday, 6/12/2021, from 11 to 1 pm.

Past Appearances

Women Writing the West Conference, San Antonio, TX  10/10-13/19

Alamo Chapter, Texas Municipal Clerks Association Meeting                             Helotes, TX 6/26/19

Grey Forest Open Studios Event     Helotes, TX  1/18/19

Women Writing the West Conference, Walla Walla, WA   10/25-28/18

Western Writers of America Convention, Billings, MT   6/20-23/18

Women Writing the West Conference Panel, Tucson, AZ   10/27/17

Marble Falls Public Library, Marble Falls, TX  9/15/17

Herman Brown Free Library, Burnet, TX  2/9/17

An Evening with Authors, NISD, SA, TX   11/4/16

Rotary Club Meeting, Blue Skies AF Village, SA, TX  10/25/16

Lox Bexarenos Genealogical Association Meeting, SA, TX 8/6/16

Texas Independence Festival, Hondo, TX 3/5/16

CPA Auxiliary Meeting, SA, TX  2/17/16

Canary Islands Descendants Association Banquet, SA, TX 12/6/15

Castroville Conservation Society Meeting, Castroville, TX  5/21/15

San Antonio Bar Auxiliary Meeting, SA, TX 1/27/15

Historic Southwest Meeting, SA, TX 11/8/14

Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX  10/24/14

Converse Book Event, Converse, TX  7/15/14

Benke Family Reunion, SA, TX 6/14/14

Death of a Texas Ranger Book Launch, Gardens at Old Town, Helotes, TX 6/7/14

Costco Book Signing, SA, TX 5/31/14