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 […]
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.
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 […]
Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process? Absolutely. I think a cover must entice a reader into touching it and actually picking it up. For […]
You have been told your book has won one free year on a billboard in any one state. What state do you feel would be best for your book and why? District […]
Mr. Russell is: 27 years old Superb pianist Studying at Georgetown University’s School for Foreign Service Charming Highly Intelligent Speaks French, German and Italian fluently Has charming smile A suitable suitor for […]
Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published? Yes. I was surprised that so many people were willing to read it. To date, I have sold over 38,000 […]
Aunt Louisa is: 37 years old Grace’s aunt Angelina’s middle sister Italian name is Luisa Married to a lawyer from New York Has three daughters: 19-year-old Teresa, 15-year-old Ella and 12-year-old Adela […]
Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish? I self-publish. I love the artistic control that comes with having to do everything myself. I also don’t […]
Grace is: 17 years old Protagonist of novel Italian name is Graziella Fabulous talent for violin Goes to Berlin to study with Professor Flesch Goal is to become concert artist Acquires 3 […]