Took You So Long

A lot has happened since the release of my debut short story collection Took You So Long.

I attended a number of author events last fall including but not limited to:

  • special events such as the 125th Anniversary of Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton
  • book talks at libraries
  • retired teacher luncheons and book signings
  • multi-author events like one in Hamilton attended by ten authors!
  • the making of a book trailer (thank you Jenni Welsh)

Here is your opportunity to view the book’s trailer.

Check out my personal and professional Facebook pages to learn about upcoming book events scheduled for a location near you. If you want to arrange a book event, just contact me by using the CONTACT FORM on my website, through email or through Facebook.



If I were to ask a younger version of myself how she feels about what is happening in my life as I approach my 65th birthday, that youngster would say she doesn’t believe that I wrote a book, never mind launched it, had a book trailer made, did a reading at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton, and presented the book in the company of nine other authors at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton. Pinch me!


Took You So Long has been printed!

What an exciting time it has been. I recently received a parcel from the publisher of Took You So Long. Inside was an advance, the contract, some marketing tips, a publisher’s gift, and twenty copies of the book. I was SO excited to open the box. There are few times when I’ve been so emotional. Holding my very own debut collection of stories was akin to saying “I do” to John and holding our three children for the first time. Okay, okay, becoming a grandmother was right up there, too.

Now my ‘book baby’ has been released to the world. The serious nail-biting can begin.

This is the scrumptious cover.

Cover Photo of Contemporary Literary Short Story Collection, Took You So Long, by Cindy Matthews of Bruce County, Ontario.
As soon as the UPS driver dropped off the parcel, I ran to the door to greet him and say a quick “Thanks.” Then the unpacking began. You can see in the photo that I cannot contain my excitement.

The book can be acquired through the publisher, through your independent booksellers, online or by contacting me.

Thank you so much for your support.


August 24th Writing Workshop

Are you someone who has difficulty locating your writing voice? ✏️✍️🖊 Then this three hour workshop is for you.

Do you enjoy writing but can’t seem to get started? Maybe you have written in the past but have felt blocked to start again?

Join me, Cindy Matthews, local author of the debut short story collection Took You So Long, published by Porcupine’s Quill, late August 2022, for ways to ignite your writing. The focus will be on creating short fiction but many of the strategies explored will be applicable to memoir and creative nonfiction writing.

When: Wednesday August 24

Time: 1:00-4:00

Where: sound+colour Gallery

316 Mill Drive, Paisley

Cost: $60-

Bring a pen and water bottle. Cindy Matthews will supply the paper.

Registration through: travellingartlab@gmail.com