Cynthia HaggardDateline: Cynthia Sally Haggard, Historical Novelist
I have been writing fiction for six years, completing two historical novels and beginning a third. I started writing novels by accident, because I had a class assignment to fulfill. But once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. I write historical novels because I’ve loved reading them all my life. When I was a child, I would lie on my bed reading Jean Plaidy’s novels about the Tudors, or Georgette Heyer’s novels about Regency England. In reading these novels, I was struck by how different the lives of women were in the past from the way they are today. My professional life has been multifarious and challenging. I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland, and have done research in cognition and perception. I’ve also been a violinist, a science writer, and a medical writer. I bring to my novels these varied experiences, as well as an old-fashioned sensibility and respect for the past.