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Cynthia Leal Massey

Cynthia Leal Massey, writer, editor. Certified pastoral lay ministry Oblate School Theology, 93. Finalist Award for Best History Novel, 2002, WILLA Literary award, 2003; recipient Indiana E-Book award Winner, 2002, Lone Star award Winner, Texas Institute Letters, 2008.


  • Bachelor, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, 1978. Master of Arts, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, 1983.


  • Editor Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, 1979—1989. Freelance writer, since 1988. English instructor San Antonio College, 1991—2004.

    Editor Scene Publications, 2004—2008.

Major achievements

  • Certified pastoral lay ministry Oblate School Theology, 93.


  • The Caballeros of Ruby, Texas
  • Don Miguel Caballero, a successful labor contractor in Texas' Rio Grande Valley and later, in California's Salinas Valley, enjoys the good life: prosperity, the respect of his community, a marriage of thirty years, six bright children.
  • Helotes (Images of America Series)
  • A small town with a big history, Helotes--20 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio--was named for the Spanish word elotes, or corn on the cob.
  • Fire Lilies
  • Two sisters, their family torn by political turmoil and divided loyalties, struggle to survive the Mexican Revolution of 1910.


Party affiliation: Republican


Denomination: Roman Catholic


Helotes City council, since 2008. Director Helotes Economic Development Corporation, since 2006. Member of History Society Helotes (historian since 2009), Women Writing the West (president 2002-2003).



Reading, history, running.

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  • 1978
    St. Mary's University
  • 1983
    St. Mary's University
  • 1979 - 1989
    Editor Southwest Research Institute
    San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • 1988
    freelance writer
  • 1991 - 2004
    English instructor, San Antonio College
  • 2004 - 2008
    editor Scene Publications