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Cynthia's Attic: the Magician's Castle

Writers love to write. It's a passion. But, another benefit of writing for children is getting to visit schools and interact with my target audience. I have several slide presentations that are fun for the kids, but the question/answer session is usually the most entertaining part of the event. I'm always amazed at the number of elementary and middle-school students who not only love to read, but also want to know what it takes to become a published author.

 One of my favorite moments came when a 5th grader approached me and stated, "I'm going to be a famous author. I just want you to know that." She gave her head a little toss, turned and walked away. I took it as a challenge. Enjoy the limelight, lady, because I'm coming after you! I have no doubt she will be successful on whatever path she takes. Although inspiring young readers is my ultimate goal, it's also my wish to encourage young readers and writers to explore their own family history. One of the main reasons that compelled me to write the "Cynthia's Attic Series" is my regret at not listening to stories my grandparents told about their lives and childhood experiences.  If I can encourage just one child to spend time with a relative such as a grandparent, great aunt, or their mother and dad – and write about them, I will have accomplished my goal. Christmas With Daisy (A Cynthia's Attic short story)Christmas 1964, brings a mysterious visitor to Cynthia's house; a reclusive great-aunt nicknamed, "Crazy Daisy." Is she really crazy or just eccentric? Cynthia and Gus are determined to find out, but a stray ember and a flaming nightgown take the girls on an unexpected trip through time, back to 1914, where compassion and friendship gives new meaning to the spirit of Christmas. 

 Mary Cunningham is the author of the award-winning 'Tween fantasy/mystery series, Cynthia’s Attic. She is proud to announce book four, "The Magician's Castle," is due for release in December, 2009. Her children's mystery series was inspired by a recurring dream about a mysterious attic. After realizing that the dream took place in the home of her childhood friend, Cynthia, the dreams stopped and the writing began.

She is also co-writer of the humor-filled lifestyle book titled, "Women Only Over Fifty (WOOF)," along with published short story, "Ghost Light."