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About Cynthia Neale

Cynthia G. Neale is a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York and now resides in New Hampshire.  She has long possessed a deep interest in the tragedies and triumphs of the Irish during the Great Hunger.  She enjoys Irish set dancing, traveling, reading, art classes, baking fanciful desserts, hiking, kayaking, creating events that include food and dance, laughing until it hurts, and dreaming about possibilities. 


Ms. Neale also writes plays, short stories, and essays, and screenplays.  

The author is currently researching and writing another adult historical novel, CATHARINE, Queen of the Tumbling Waters. Queen Catharine, a Native American, once ruled a village that was destroyed by General John Sullivan in 1779. Ms. Neale has worked with a consultant and written The Irish Dresser Screenplay Series for television. She is currently seeking a producer. You can read more about this project in Works in Progress.

Cynthia's Reflections on Writing


I seek to sew my stories together with the unbreakable golden thread of hope.This golden thread oftentimes is a rare and buried treasure that has to be found with great tenacity and prescience. Hope can come lilting and skipping throughout lighthearted and humorous stories, whether they are written for adults or children. It is often wild and untamed, and can easily be used up and lost upon the reader. It must be delicately distilled to become pleasurable and enduring in such whimsical genres.


Years ago, I wrote The Mapledale Series for middle grade readers. One of the books is titled, The Cat Lady of Mapledale and it is about the quintessential eccentric old lady who lives with many, many, many cats. I was privileged to grow up in the small town of Odessa, New York who had a real cat lady living on Main Street just a few doors down from the post office. I saw her once and never forgot her. She added texture and curiosity to my blooming imagination one summer as I daily walked to the post office to get our family’s mail.  READ MORE

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