The King is dead and chaos reigns. Sitting on the Iron Throne is the vicious boy-king Joffrey, ruled over by his ambitious, ruthless, amoral and disquietingly beautiful mother Queen Cersei. But many […]
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.
I came to A GAME OF THRONES because I read (and write) historical novels set during the Wars of the Roses, so I wanted to see what this writer of epic fantasy […]
With many good wishes to all my wonderful friends, acquaintances & readers for a Happy & Prosperous New Year!
To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself? I was born & raised in England, and came to the US at the age of 21. I’ve lived my entire […]
You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become […]
One of the pleasures of writing FAREWELL MY LIFE is that I got to imbibe all the wonderful fashions of the early 1920s. Compare the tennis outfits from the 19th Century: to […]
Finally, what message are you trying to get across with Farewell My Life? Life is fragile. Those of us who have enough money to enjoy our lives feel secure in the notion […]
Zia Paulina is: 53 years old Matriarch of Pagano Family Angelina, Louisa & Josephina’s aunt Grace & Violet’s great-aunt Left Italy in 1885 at the age of 17 Married a lawyer who […]
Many thanks to all my readers & my wonderful friends for a successful 2019! The Zillertal Alps run along the border between Austria & Italy. I went hiking there in May 2018, […]
My German relatives always celebrate Christmas Eve or Weihnachtsabend (which literally translates to White Nights Evening). I thought you might enjoy a picture of people in Nuremberg enjoying their annual Christ Kindles […]
What’s one fact about Farewell My Life that would surprise people? It contains the story of the Oster Conspiracy, one of about 20 attempts to assassinate Hitler between 1934 and 1944. This […]
A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore. When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out. What was that passage? Frau […]
Violet is: 18 years old Grace’s sister Flapper Italian name is Violetta Fluent in 1920s slang Aspiring fashion designer Has tart tongue Witty One-liners Goal is to open fashion boutique in Georgetown […]
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 […]
Teresa is: 19 years old Grace’s cousin Louisa’s eldest daughter Named after her Italian grandmother Teresa Giardini Poised Dances beautifully Speaks French fluently Privileged background Wants to marry moneyed aristocrat… Yes, I […]
How hard was it to write a book like this? Do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers? It is an […]
Weisse Maus had to be the oddest place he’d ever been in. Russell lowered the black mask over his eyes, and sat down next to Phelps. The room they were in looked […]