I wrote my first book at age fifteen, Love Letter to a Psychiatrist, sure that I could compete with French teen author Francoise Sagan.
From there I went on to dreaming of an acting career on New York and London stages. I did three years of summer stock theatre on Cape Cod where I grew up and then, a year of community theatre in a Boston suburb as well as a few plays while studying at Emerson College, Boston.
Next career path, journalism. Eleven years later, sick and tired of dumbing down my prized vocabulary, I moved on to writing for sailing and cruising magazines in the U.S. and Canada. Now, that was fun because we are dedicated sailors and cruisers. In fact, when we sold our antique house and art gallery (Yes, I was a painter of Maritime Narrative Americana Primitives for many years and my work is in private and public collections, including the Tokyo, Japan National Art Museum) and downsized to a 44' boat (our children have since called us "homeless") I threw myself fully into writing fiction. Because I have always loved British mysteries, and took a course in them when on a student exchange in England, that was my template.
Now, with two cozy mystery series and a number of stand alone mysteries, plus historical middle reader books, illustrated children's, travel, art and rug hooking (right,I failed to mention my love of rug hooking. so check out my full color book of my rugs and my wool dyeing hints)I am loving my new career.
I get up every morning and slip into the minds of my quirky characters and interesting locales ranging from Cape Cod to Nantucket Island, Provence, France and Puerto Rico (I never write about a place I have not visited and/or lived) and my personal bliss. My other areas of bliss these days are cooking and baking and my granddaughter.
Hope you will read my books and send me compliments, complaints, critiques and suggestions. Happy Reading. Cynthia
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The Sulzbach Parchment
by Cynthia Gallant-Simpson
What do the benevolent ruler of a small walled town in 258 B.C.. a Druid priestess in 9th century Ireland, and a German noblewoman in the 17th century have in common? They each wrote powerful words on the same goatskin parchment. An ancient onion-like layered palimpsest.
What is it that today's scientists in a cutting edge lab in Hastings, England are looking for? Words that kill!
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