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General Information


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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery Poetry



Illinois Connection

Pelayo was raised in inner city Chicago. She still lives in Chicago today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthia "Cina" Pelayo is a two-time Bram Stoker Awards nominated poet and author. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Master of Science in Marketing, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Business Psychology.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''Children of Chicago'', *ONE OF THE "MOST ANTICIPATED CRIME BOOKS OF 2021"CrimeReads, ONE OF THE "MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2021"Book Riot, ONE OF THE "11 CRIME NOVELS YOU SHOULD READ THIS FEBRUARY"CrimeReads, ONE OF "2021'S MOST ANTICIPATED NEW RELEASES"Books in The Freezer, Starred Reviews - Publishers Weekly and Library Journal -- ''Into The Forest And All The Way Through'', *Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection