In 2004, fresh off the excitement of my first 2-book publishing contract for Cynthia’s Attic, I began establishing an online presence at my publisher’s request, uh…insistence.
One of my first tasks was to explore author websites and chat groups. Believe it or not, I didn’t find one blog! Blogging had not reached the manic proportions of today, with most bloggers writing simple, online journals; but networking sites were hot.
I joined a children’s chat group in order to schmooze with other young reader/young adult authors and immediately related to one particular author. Both of us had first-time multi-book contracts, the idea for our series’ sprang from recurring dreams, and our stories were fantasy/fiction. The perfect networking match.
We chatted, online, for several months, and then lost touch. I can’t quite remember why, but I supposed it was because I was in the middle of editing my first book, Cynthia's Attic: The Missing Locket, deadlines approached, and time management was crucial. I’m sure it had nothing to do my online buddy, Stephanie Meyer’s schedule. Wonder what ever happened to her? I do hope she had some success with her series about…uh, vampires, I think.
Speaking of vampires, I was recently asked why, until Book Five, I choose to write stories for ‘Tweens that are lighter; vampire-less, werewolf-less, zombie-less…you get the drift. I can’t really say. It just happened. Cynthia’s Attic always delves into magic and spells and such, but the scariest monster, to date, was Stony, a rock monster who attacks twelve-year-old Gus, in an enchanted garden in The Magician’s Castle. Other than that, a nasty, bad-breathed clown, a sinister stranger on horseback, and a friendly alligator were the most menacing characters in Cynthia’s Attic. Until Cynthia's Attic: The Legend of Lupin Woods.
Yes, I crumbled. In the 5th and (sniff) final book in the series, a werewolf pops into the lives of best friends, Cynthia and Gus. Not your typical werewolf, mind you…a more congenial, helpful type, but a werewolf to be sure.
What do you know!! Here's an excerpt from Cynthia's Attic: The Legend of Lupin Woods!
Those eyes…did they just move? Hair stood straight up on my neck as a low growl inched ever closer. I sucked in one last breath and hid my face waiting for a fatal blow or bite.
"Well, well. What do we have here?" My head jerked skyward. Yellow eyes hovered. "Cat got your tongue?"
The creature bent down and poked my upper arm with a furry finger. I wanted to run, but sheer terror kept me plastered to the tree.
The hulking figure straightened and chuckled. "I'm not planning to hurt you. What are you doing in Lupin?"
Lupin? I tried to answer, but dryness gripped my throat as if I'd swallowed an entire sandbox. Plus, an ominous word jumped into my brain. I'd heard something that sounded like lupin once before. It was at the movies! Wolfman. Oh, no. Lupine is another name for wolf! Was I in a wolf forest?
My eyes scanned the treetops. I might be saved if the sun rose soon, but light would have to pass through the dense canopy, and from where I sat, that seemed doubtful. The beast must've read my mind.
"If you're waiting for sunrise, you'll be disappointed." It smiled–or made a weak attempt–revealing huge, pointy teeth. "Instead of night and day, around here we have night and black."
I gulped and managed enough spit to choke out four words. "Why-am-I-here?"
Cynthia's Attic: The Legend of Lupin Woods (Book 5) - Synopsis
Cynthia and Gus have solved a lot of mysteries across time, but something is seriously wrong and things are beginning to unravel.
Aunt Belle is missing…again! Cynthia’s great-grandfather, Beau, was never found! And now they are wondering if Blackie is still making life miserable for Lilly and Annie.
This time, the twelve-year-old girls journey into a strange woods full of frightening creatures and dark secrets in search of answers.
From Aunt Belle's cottage to a small village in France, they meet new friends and discover a connection to New Orleans that may lead to the devious source behind these alarming developments. Or bigger trouble.
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Mary Cunningham, author
The Missing Locket
The Magic Medallion
Curse of the Bayou
The Magician's Castle
Legend of Lupin Woods
Bio: Like Cynthia and Gus, my childhood best friend, Cynthia and I grew up in a small, Southern Indiana town…the setting for the series. Not one summer day passed that we weren’t playing softball, hide and seek, badminton, or croquet with friends in the vacant lot behind Becky’s house.
In my attempt to grow up, I joined The Georgia Reading Association, and the Carrollton Creative Writers Club. When giving my fingers a day away from the keyboard, I enjoy golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where I live with my husband and adopted furry, four-legged daughter, Lucy. Together we’ve raised three creative children and are thrilled with our 2 granddaughters.
At last count, I’ve moved 9 times to six different states (all after the age of 36), and aside from the packing and unpacking, it’s been a great experience, having made some very dear and lasting friendships. My non-writing time is spent showing power point presentations on gathering ideas and the writing process to schools and libraries.
Mary Cunningham Books - http://www.marycunninghambooks.com
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WELL, that was fun. I should let inmates... ahem... authors, take over more often. Now, get out there and read, and write, and create great books... just like Mary.