|Stage name:||The Irish Dresser|
|Performer name:||Cynthia Neale|
|Mailing address:||574 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841
|Previous appearances at:||
Milwaukee Irish Festival, ICC Boston Irish Festival, Lima Public Library, Lima, NY, Phelps Public Library, Phelps, NY, Northwood Middle School, NH
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
|Information last updated:||10/05/2011|
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|The Staying Power of Epiphanies for a Writer's Life||
Literature- Creative Writing,
When author, Cynthia Neale, was twelve, she wrote skits and poems, knocked on neighbors’ doors and performed for them. She was always welcomed and would walk away feeling pleased, clutching a quarter and some home-baked cookies. She dreamed of writing novels, but it took many years before she was able to commit to this arduous, but passionate, work. And then in 2002, she completed her first historical fiction novel, 'The Irish Dresser,' for young adults. Publishers were interested, but…the doors kept slamming. When she decided to give up, a surprise came in the mail. The author will share the epiphanies she experienced that enabled her to persevere, and how she came to have published not only 'The Irish Dresser,' but also the continuing story in 'Hope in New York City,' and her first historical fiction novel for adults, 'Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York.' Whether you are of Irish descent or not, you will be inspired to root for all immigrants who sought the American dream. And perhaps you will remember a few of your own dreams that have fallen by the wayside, as well.
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