It is 1938, when the novel closes. Here is Coco Chanel in 1938, working with a model. I remember my female teachers in my girls school wearing a similar outfit. Although their […]
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.
Read an eye-witness account of Pliny the Elder’s “Manifestation,” (POMPEII by Robert Harris, narrated by John Lee)
Having just visited Pompeii earlier this year, I decided to read this book, and I was enthralled. The characters seem so real, especially that of Pliny the Elder (uncle of the more […]
I’d like to start my review by mentioning all the positive things about this series, which keeps me reading. GRRM has created compelling characters in Sansa, Arya, Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion […]
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Not until fairly late in life (at the age of 43). Prior to that, I’d been a violinist and then a cognitive […]
Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) was born a few months before King Henry V’s glorious victory at Agincourt. When she was nine years old, she was betrothed to Richard, Duke of York, a […]
It is 1921, when the novel opens. Here is an elegant lady (who could be ANGELINA, but costumed by Chanel) dressed to the nines for a walk outside. Notice how her outfit sits […]
I can see why people have problems with this volume of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, titled A FEAST FOR CROWS. We spend a great deal of time in the company […]
In A STORM OF SWORDS George Martin shows how ruthless a truly great author has to be, for in this volume we come across the infamous Red Wedding. Those of you who […]
What was your favorite scene to write in Farewell My Life? The last scene of Part 1, when Russell is unmasked. What was the most difficult scene to write? The very last […]
You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is. In your opinion, who would that be? Vladimir Nabokov, whose dark humor captures the atmosphere of 1920s […]
It is 1914, just before World War I and here is an elegant lady with her greyhound (costumed by Chanel). Notice how clean & modern the lines are. Yes that is a […]
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 […]
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 […]