Cynthia MacGregor – Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Not my most recent book, but one of my most recent books (I’ve had eight e-books released in the last two months) is Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks, which I co-wrote with a good friend (actually a former boyfriend—I think if a guy is worth having a romantic relationship with, he should be worth staying friends with afterward, and that’s certainly true of this guy), George Moyer. Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks is a bachelor’s guide to housekeeping and was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’ve lived in South Florida since 1984, when I left the frigid winters of New York in search of a more hospitable climate. I’ve been writing since I first learned how to spell C-A-T, but didn’t have my first book published till 1993.

After 54 conventionally published (that is, paper) books, I realized that e-books are the future, and while I haven’t totally abandoned print books, I’ve now had roughly 50 e-books published. A bunch of them were released by a company that went under—hey, I guess those are the risks when you’re out at the edge of a new frontier—but I’ve since succeeded in interesting four other publishers in my writing, and so far they’re all still in business. :-) I’ve even made a friend out of one of the four publishers and recently my Significant Other and I spent a weekend as her houseguests.

My writing past includes a two-year stint (while I lived in NYC) as a theatre editor and reviewer. I played it fair—I didn’t keep all the best shows for myself to review. I let my other staffers review some of the goodies, and I got stuck with a couple of MAJOR stinkers that still, after all these years, resonate unpleasantly in my memory.

In my current professional life, I’m a full-time freelance writer/editor, taking in wildly diversified projects, so that I may be editing books, writing commercials, editing a magazine, writing web copy…or, when there isn’t a more pressing project at hand, writing books. I’m a serious workaholic who works seven days a week (and loves it!) and who never plans to retire.

Writing is one of my hobbies, too. (My other main hobby is cooking.) I write all the plays produced by the Palm Springs Players (that’s Palm Springs FL, not its richer and more famous namesake city out west), for which I’ve never received a penny…though one of the plays the PSP put on was produced in New York some time back (it was a kids’ show—the PSP puts on both adult- and kid-oriented shows), and I did make a little money (emphasis on “little”!) from the NYC production. I’m also into punnery (wordplay), as one of the members of PUNY, an online punsters’ group, and when I can afford it I travel to Austin in May for the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, sometimes as a contestant and sometimes as a judge. One of my forthcoming books (Betcha Didn’t Know, an April release from SynergEbooks) is pun-based and pun-filled.

What inspired you to write this book?

Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks grew out of a series of hysterically funny emails from George. Now, I have a good sense of humor, but George is a really funny fellow. Like I said, we’re post-romantic-relationship friends, but George moved to Pennsylvania a while ago, so now we communicate more by email than by phone. He started sending me these emails that were a total hoot, and after a while I said, “You know, hon, we really have the kernel of a book growing here.” He disclaimed, “I’m not a writer.” I said, “You’ve got some funny stuff going on here.” Well, we back-and-forthed about it, and the upshot was that I convinced him to work with me on a book. Now, I am a writer. George is not. But George has a wild sense of humor, waaaaaay wilder than mine. Together we make a good team. We sent stuff back and forth and back and forth…and eventually a book evolved.

How did you choose the title?

Actually, I owe the title to one of my punster friends, Tiff Wimberley, who originally intended for me to append the title to a totally different book—one that never got written. (I don’t even remember, now, what that book was supposed to be.) But the title stuck in my head, and I realized it was the perfect title for George’s and my book.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I mostly read nonfiction. I have a preference for humor, but it’s not absolute. I do read plenty of nonfiction that isn’t humorous. I don’t have a fave author. My tastes are eclectic, and I spread my reading around among authors, humorous and serious.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am not currently working on a book—but I am sooooo longing to start one. I do have a huge bunch of forthcoming and recently published ebooks: go to to see a bunch of them. My pun book on synergEbooks is not showing up on their site yet as for sale. Dust Bunnies is at And I have some romances (not my usual thing…but I’m always trying out new media) at

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

In three words: DON’T GIVE UP.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Someone with a sense of humor. Seriously. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you’re not going to enjoy Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks. Seriously.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

They can put a picture to my face and learn a little more about me at If they have need of a freelance writer or editor or just need encouragement at no cost from one writer to another, they can write me at or call me at 561-963-5199 (daytimes only, please – Eastern Time Zone – 7 days/wk).

And they can order the book…and I hope they will…at