Cylin Busby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cylin Busby
Cylin Busby.jpg
Busby in 2008
Born (1970-05-01) May 1, 1970 (age 45)
Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Writer, editor
Nationality American
Period 1990s-present
Genre Young Adult fiction, memoir, supernatural fiction, thriller

Cylin Busby (born May 1, 1970) is a middle-grade and young adult children's writer, known for the best-selling memoir, The Year We Disappeared, written with her father John Busby.

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.[2][3] 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[4][5] and Publishers Weekly.[6][7] The book also earned #1 best seller placement on Amazon's nonfiction list. Their memoir was featured in 2009 on the CBS television program 48 Hours in an episode titled Live to Tell: The Year We Disappeared.[8]

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. A short article about their wedding in the New York Times described Busby as, "the author of Gettin gDumped... and Getting Over It."[9] Her latest novel is a YA supernatural thriller titled Blink Once (Bloomsbury, 2012).

Awards and recognition[edit]

For The Year We Disappeared

  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008[10][11]
  • An IndieBound Next Pick
  • Cybils Award, Nonfiction, 2008[12]
  • Georgia Peach Book Award For Teen Readers Nominee
  • IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice
  • Texas Taysha Reading List (2010)
  • Iowa High School Book Award (2011)



  • 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: A Father-Daughter Memoir, John and Cylin Busby (2008).[13][14][15][16]


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


  • First Kiss, Then Tell (2008)[17]

Audio book[edit]

  • The Year We Disappeared, John and Cylin Busby, (2012)

Film and television[edit]

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


  1. ^ Cape Cod Times
  2. ^ Pearsall, Samantha (10 April 2009). "The Never-ending Reine Saga". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Gately, Paul (11 September 2008). "Bourne seen as safe site for Falmouth crime victim". Bourne Courier. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  4. ^ The Wall Street Journal at Citebite
  5. ^ Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly at Citebite
  7. ^ Publishers Weekly
  8. ^ CBS 48 Hours : Live to Tell
  9. ^ "Cylin Busby, Damon Ross". New York Times. 21 October 2001. 
  10. ^ Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008 on Citebite
  11. ^ Publishers Weekly Best of 2008
  12. ^ Cybils Awards
  13. ^ Hassett, Bob (13 February 2015). "Great YA biographies your kids (and face it: you) will like to read". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Szmit, Kathleen (31 July 2008). "The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir". The Barnstable Patriot. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Hawk, Fran (22 June 2009). "Book chronicles a family's ordeal (book review)". The Post and Courier. 
  16. ^ Curry, Maureen (17 June 2012). "Books to lift you up". The Morning Star. 
  17. ^ Green, Judy (9 March 2008). "A peek at some private memories (book review)". Sacramento Bee. McClatchy. 

[full citation needed]

External links[edit]

VIAF=1785723 308221665