Cylin Busby

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Cylin Busby
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Cylin Busby
Born (1970-05-01) May 1, 1970 (age 44)
Occupation Writer, Editor
Nationality American
Period 1990s-present
Genre Young Adult Fiction, Memoir, Supernatural, Thriller

Cylin Busby (May 1, 1970) is a middle-grade and young adult book author, known for the best-selling memoir, The Year We Disappeared.

Early life[edit]

Born the youngest of three children (she has two older brothers, Eric Busby and Shawn Busby), Cylin grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 1979, her police officer father, John Busby, was seriously injured in a shooting.[1] During the resulting investigation, the family was relocated and lived in hiding for five years. Cylin and John co-wrote a memoir about the experience which went on to become a best seller, placing at #3 on the nonfiction lists for The Wall Street Journal [2] and Publishers Weekly.[3] The book also earned #1 best seller placement on Amazon's nonfiction list. Their memoir was featured on the CBS television program 48 Hours in an episode titled Live to Tell: The Year We Disappeared (original airdate: 2/14/09).[4]

Education and Career[edit]

Cylin graduated from Hampshire College (B.A., 1993). Her publishing career began at Random House. She would later work at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster as a children’s book editor. In 1999, she relocated to Los Angeles where she began working as the Senior Editor of Teen Magazine.


Cylin lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film executive/producer Damon Ross, and their young son. Her latest novel is a YA supernatural thriller titled Blink Once (Bloomsbury, 2012).

Awards and recognition[edit]

For The Year We Disappeared



  • The Chicken Fried Rat (1999)
  • Blink Once (2012)


  • Getting Dumped…and Getting Over It (2001)
  • Pajama Party Undercover (2003)
  • Dream Journey (2003)


  • The Year We Disappeared (2008)


  • Date Him or Dump Him? (2007)
  1. The Campfire Crush
  2. The Dance Dilemma
  3. Ski Trip Trouble


  • First Kiss, Then Tell (2008)

Audio book[edit]

  • The Year We Disappeared (2012)

Film and Television[edit]

  • 48 Hours “Live to Tell: The Year We Disappeared” (airdate: 2/14/09)



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