Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. Cindy is also the author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland. She combined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research's Larry Ritter Book Award. In addition to books, Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and print publications and is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio. Visit her online at www.cindyswriting.com.
Here at CC&C, we’re all about the coffee and tea. What is your beverage of choice?
Tea. I’m not totally opposed to coffee, though.
All coffees and teas are better with a snack or two. What’s your go-to snack?
Dark chocolate. Enough said.
I call mine, Writer Thinking…
Anne and Erica are history museum addicts. Can you tell us a little about a history museum that is close to where you live or grew up?
I live in a small town, but I’m within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio, and The Ohio History Museum. I was there a year or so ago when they had a special Ohio in the Civil War exhibit. They often have costumed presenters, special presentations, and even a real trolley car inside where you can sit and hear about the history. Lots of cool stuff going on. It is on the same campus as Ohio Village, a recreated village from the 1860s, and the research library. http://aihs.org
Can you tell us a little bit about the research you did while writing Annie's Stories?
Prior to the first book in the series I visited New York City, walked in Battery Park, went to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the Police Museum, New York Public Library, and other sites. I really felt as though I walked in my characters’ footsteps. While NYC is a modern city, it is still filled with history and historical sites that were there in the time period my novels are set. I also got to visit an author I’d met online in the offices of her publisher—Harper Collins and attend a cocktail party at the invitation of the American Irish Historical Society (http://www.ohiohistory.org) at the Police Museum (http://www.nycpm.org). Quite an experience.
What does your writing space look like? Do you have an office, a corner of the couch, or do you go to the library or coffee shop?
I love my office. It’s the only room upstairs reached by a spiral staircase. It looks out over the treed lot, like a treehouse!
What are you reading right now?
The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis, and I’m listening to The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean. So I’m in 19th century America and 17th century Scotland. J
Here's a little bit about Cindy's newest release:
The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.
But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.
Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.
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