ABOUT CYNTHIA M. SURRISI
In 2022, BONE QUAKE, my YA non-fiction book on the female Viking warrior will be published by Chicago Review Press, and in 2023, THE UNOFFICIAL LOLA BAY FAN CLUB will be published by Putnam (P?RH). I started my writing life with a BFA with a concentration in theatre (including study in children’s theatre and playwriting). I then took a dizzying 28-year detour into the practice of law. Beginning about 2007, the call to return to fine arts became so strong that I became active in SCBWI-HI, went to many conferences, worked with some wonderful free lance editors and writing teachers, retired from practicing law, and attended Vermont College of Fine Arts. I graduated from VCFA in January 2014 with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I now have a middle grade mystery series, The Quinine Boyd Mysteries, including: “The Maypop Kidnapping,” “Vampires on the Run” and “A Side of Sabotage,” which was nominated for an Agatha in 2019. I also have a picture book, “The Best Mother” from Abrams which a Junior Library Guild selection. I have also entered the adult mystery writing world with three published short stories and a small selection in the MWA Mystery Writing Handbook. I’m a proud member of SCBWI.