Born and raised in Surrey, England, CYNTHIA SALLY HAGGARD has lived in the United States for twenty-nine years. She has had four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer and novelist. Yes, she is related to H. Rider Haggard, the author of SHE and KING SOLOMONS’S MINES. (H. Rider Haggard was a younger brother of the author’s great-grandfather.) Cynthia Sally Haggard is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Maryland Book Publishers Association. She is currently at work on her next three novels. You can visit her website at: http://spunstories.com/
My biggest influences are my grandmother Stephanie Treffry, who had a fabulous gift for turning everyday incidents into funny stories, Jane Austen, whose elegant novels I began to read when I was ten years old, and (of course) Shakespeare. I remember the first time I read Tolstoy's War & Peace when I was sixteen years old. The novel kept my nose glued to its pages, and I stayed up so late reading it that I annoyed my sister. (We shared a room). I have been a voracious book reader all my years, and I hope that enjoyment shows up in my writing.
FAMILY SPLINTERS is a tale about forbidden love, family secrets and a young violinist who hones her craft with the foremost violin pedagogue of the day amid the seediness and glamor of 1920s Berlin.
THE HEIR is a sequel to FAMILY SPLINTERS, set again in Berlin Germany during 1938. Rossi is a rising star in the State Department, called to Berlin to deal with the Anschluss and the crisis in Czechoslovakia. Meanwhile, his wife is being blackmailed by a former lover to hand over their eldest son, which he believes is his. When he is found shot in the head, fingers are pointed at Rossi.
THREADS is set in early medieval Sicily, a land that melds the cultures of North Africa, with those of Northern Europe, Greece and Italy. It explores the beginnings of the Tarantella, a frenzied dance that comes upon young women during the summer months.
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