LADY OF THE RIVERS is Philippa Gregory’s latest foray into the world of the Wars of the Roses. Ms. Gregory has a talent for picking out a female heroine, who is both […]
Cynthia Sally Haggard was born and reared in Surrey, England. About 30 years ago she surfaced in the United States, settling in the Mid-Atlantic region as she wound her way through four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer, and novelist.
In June, 2015, Cynthia graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Cambridge MA.
Her first novel, "Thwarted Queen," a frustrating tale (hence the title) of a woman who was nearly crowned Queen of England, was shortlisted for many awards, including the 2012 Eric Hoffer New Horizon Award for debut authors. To date, sales have surpassed 38,000 copies.
Her second novel, "Farewell My Life," a Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes who inhabit the edgy setting of 1920s and 1930s Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, won a Pinnacle Award for Historical Fiction (2019) and was a Distinguished Favorite for the 2019 New York City Big Book Awards.
What are three things people may not know about you? I learned to play violin when I was 3 years old. I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology. I wanted to study […]
Augustus the Bear ignored her. “You’re not quite real,” he declared rather foolhardily, for Pandora looked as if she were on the verge of throttling him. Then she said something that amazed […]
FAREWELL MY LIFE is in three parts. The third part, FAREWELL MY LIFE opens in Berlin, Germany in July 1938. At that time, Berlin was like a patient in a dentist’s chair […]
This novel is the sequel to LIONHEART, also narrated by Emily Gray. If you haven’t experienced this first novel, I suggest you do so BEFORE experiencing this one, as much of what […]
LIONHEART by Sharon Kay Penman is the story of Richard I during the early years of his reign, form 1189 when he ascended the throne of England to the end of 1192, […]
What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading? That depends on what I’m working on. When I was writing Thwarted Queen I read historical fiction about […]
He must be talking about the children that own these toys. What were their names? I always pride myself on my ability to remember the little one’s names, they get so upset […]
FAREWELL MY LIFE is in three parts. The second part, AN UNSUITABLE SUITOR opens in Berlin, Germany in January 1922. At that time, Berlin was a poor and impoverished city, still recovering […]
PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage to Hadley Richardson, and the time they spent together in Paris during the 1920s. Hadley Richardson was not […]
“Catch and Kill” refers to a tactic used by news organizations to get rid of stories they don’t like. They spend a (HUGE) sum of money to buy the rights to the […]
What was the first historical novel you read? I’m not sure, but I remember enjoying Jean Plaidy’s Isabella & Ferdinand trilogy (Castile for Isabella, Spain for the Sovereigns, and Daughters of Spain) […]
But the bears I’d seen were black or brown, and were large, muscly, fearsome creatures. This thing was not only the wrong color, it was—stuffed. Like that strange cat, no muscle nor […]
FAREWELL MY LIFE is three parts. The first part, THE LOST MOTHER opens in Georgetown in September 1921. At that time Georgetown was NOT the busy commercial hub that it now is, […]
THE DAUGHTERS OF PALATINE HILL by Phyllis T. Smith, narrated by Cristina Panfilio, Joyce Bean & Amy McFadden
THE DAUGHTERS OF PALATINE HILL is the sequel to I AM LIVIA. Whereas the first novel dealt with the life of Livia Drusilla and her relationship with the Emperor Augustus, DAUGHTERS deals […]
I AM LIVIA opens in an arresting way, when 15-year-old Livia Drusilla overhears her father and his friends plotting to murder Julius Caesar. Most novels would be a disappointment after that opening. […]
What does your writing routine look like? The truth is that I don’t have a writing routine. When I write, I work every day in the morning because that is my best […]
The animal resembled a cat with deep sea-green eyes and orange fur. But something wasn’t quite right, because it was bigger than most cats I know, and it seemed—softer somehow. I studied […]