Interview Questions 17: Answered by Cynthia Sally Haggard

What other books are you working on and when will they be published?

I am working on another novel set in 831AD in Sicily when the Arabs were attacking its Ancient Greek culture.

Southern Italy and Sicily were originally settled by the Greeks between about 800 BC and 400 BC. After that, the Romans took over, but that part of the world never lost its Greek culture. (Indeed, going to Pompei in Magna Graecia was a safety valve for many Roman senators, who could leave their earnest Latin selves behind in Rome and come to the Bay of Naples to relax and speak Greek.)


Things changed in 831 AD when the Arabs attacked Palermo.

I always like to write about in-between periods, when changes flood in. That is why I set the beginning of Farewell My Life in the early part of the 1920s, rather than the latter part.

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