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

Texas author Cynthia Leal Massey combines her background in journalism and love of history to write award-winning historical fiction and nonfiction history. 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. A full-time writer who publishes a monthly history column for her community newspaper, 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.

Death of a Texas Ranger

Special Events

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

Women Writing the West Conference

Walla Walla, Washington

October 25-28, 2018

Western Writers of America Convention

Billings, Montana

June 20-23, 2018

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2011-2018 © Cynthia Massey. All rights reserved.

Awards and Honors


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

Other Books

About Cynthia