Cynthia Polansky has been writing creatively since she was old enough to put pencil to paper, but like so many other wannabes, felt she lacked that unattainable je ne sais quoi that "real" novelists surely possess. A friend’s casual remark about her skillful writing prompted Cynthia to take a creative writing class, where she learned the basics of fiction writing and acquired confidence in her ability. Four years later, her first novel, Far Above Rubies, was published.
Polansky (writing as Cynthia P. Gallagher) also dabbles in nonfiction, drawing on experience in the various career paths she ambled down in her twenties and thirties: from aerobics instructor to FAA-licensed aircraft dispatcher to court reporter. The dog-related articles comprising her resumé attested to her love of man’s best friend and led her to write several dog breed books and earn membership in the Dog Writers Association of America.
A Boston native, Cynthia Polansky earned her B.A. degree in Russian from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After a few detours from the nation’s capital to Milwaukee and Memphis, she now lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, a retired Fedex pilot. When not writing, she enjoys knitting, crossword puzzles, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She works out a lot but doesn’t exactly enjoy it. She is also a tutor for the Writing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy.
So thinks thirty-something Judith McBride, a Jewish control freak with an unlikely last name. When Judith dies in a medical mishap, she calls on her supernatural status to "rescue" her widowed spouse from the gold-digging clutches of their sexy, thrill-seeking blonde accountant. But interfering with earthly events is strictly verboten, and the repercussions ripple outward, affecting not only Judith but the lives of her husband and best friend.
Judith’s journey from the physical to the spiritual world is peppered with adjustments, choices, and self-discovery, ultimately leading her to the realization that loving sometimes means learning how to let go.
"…combines the gentle wisdom of Mitch Albom and the self-deprecating humor of Helen Fielding together with Polansky's unique take on the afterlife to create a funny and inspirational book." --Tampa Book Buzz
"An endearing look at the afterlife with wisdom and joy…rings true to life…" --Euro-Reviews
What do you think of sites like this? Does it help or hurt for information to be posted on websites that give the general public details about crimes, whether solved or not? There seems to be a debate about whether giving information allows the general public to be more active in supplying details that may help solve crimes, or if it simply feeds the fuel of other criminally-minded people to go out and commit more crimes?…Continue
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As a fan of true crime, I can't help but wonder what other readers think of this genre. I do read some mystery and suspense, but I find that I am more intrigued by the personal aspect of the books written about real people. I've heard some say it is human nature to be morbidly interested, but I find it interesting to try and inderstand what makes people do evil things.
In crime fiction, the motivation is written right into the story and eliminates most of the guess…Continue
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I'm fascinated by the blurb above: the book looks really interesting (and right up my alley!). Is it published in the UK?
I see you're in my back yard. Thanks for the invite.
I see you enjoy crossword puzzles. Does that include the NY Times? Have you seen the movie, Word Play, about the annual contest held by Will Shortz?
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