Feeling Gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present, and not giving it
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.
Take us through the process. You had an idea for your book, you wrote it, then you decided to find a publisher. What were your experiences with that? Or did you decide […]
The rest of the fall was just as disastrous as his marriage. On October the first, the Munich Agreement forced the Czechs to give up the Sudetenland to the Nazis. On October […]
You self-published your latest book, Farewell My Life. Would you please tell us why you chose the self-publishing route? I realize that not every book sells, but after the enormous effort put […]
You are being pulled over for speeding. When the officer asks you for your license and you discover you left it at home, you decide to pull out your book instead. What […]
Are you an avid reader? I have always been a voracious reader. Whenever I wasn’t practicing my violin, I would read, often for hours. What are you reading now? Ysabel by Guy […]
What hours do you write best? As I am in the process of conquering diabetes without pills, I have a flex schedule around my exercise routine. That means I often find myself […]
Carl Flesch was: A real person who lived from 1873 to 1944 Most famous violin pedagogue in the 1920s and 1930s Born in Hungary, Taught in Berlin (1922-1923), the Curtis Institute (1924-1928) […]
Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors? Develop a meditation practice to help you deal with the inevitable criticism you will encounter. I find that meditation helps […]
Anita Berber was: A real person who lived from 1899 to 1928 Erotic dancer in 1920s Berlin Breakfasted on rose petals swirled in chloral hydrate Notorious for naked dancing and androgyny Features […]
Do you have a day job? What do you do? I am a landlady. Not a bad occupation for a novelist:)
Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is the wild child in the music business. But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better. Why […]
What first inspired you to write or who inspired you? I began writing fiction seriously in the Fall of 2004. At that time I was making the transition from research scientist to […]
Angelina is: 33 years old Grace’s Mother Colorful Fiery Temper Loathes Mr. Russell Former member of the Demimonde Lives a life that requires her to fib… Demimonde is a euphemism for all […]
Russell had no intention of acceding to von Kleist’s request. He couldn’t afford to alienate Wilson still further by engaging in risky, undercover activities whose outcome was unclear. But as Grace abandoned […]
FAREWELL MY LIFE receives national recognition through the NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD®! The NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD recognized FAREWELL MY LIFE by Cynthia Sally Haggard in the category […]