Cynthia believes she was destined to be interested in history. One of her distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17th Century “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France as brides for the settlers there. Her passion for reading made her long to write books like the ones she enjoyed. A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, she enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to her first love, romantic fiction. Her stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three. Her first novel, In Sunshine or in Shadow, released by Highland Press Publishing is set in post-Famine Ireland and is available from all online bookstores. It is available both in print and as an e-book. Its sequel, Coming Home, will be released by Highland Press soon.