August 20, 2009

First Graphs: Curse of the Bayou, Cynthia's Attic by Mary Cunningham

Today's excerpt is from the fun children's series, Cynthia's Attic, by author Mary Cunningham.

In book three, CURSE OF THE BAYOU (2007, Echelon Press), time-traveling best friends Gus and Cynthia find themselves in 1914 New Orleans.

There, the girls search for answers in the disappearance of Cynthia's great-grandfather, Beau Connor, who was on his way down the Mississippi River to sell a flatboat full of produce.

(Book Four: THE MAGICIAN'S CASTLE will be published in December '09.)


"Don’t move.”

“Are you kidding? Why on earth would I move?”

Just another boring trip through the trunk. There we were, hanging on for dear life to a log in the middle of a swamp.

My best friend and I had been on some frightening adventures together since discovering time travel through an old trunk in her attic. But nothing prepared us for a face-to-face encounter with an alligator. No, siree. Nothing prepared us for this.

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  1. Wow! I'm thrilled to be part of your "first graphs" blog!

    Much appreciated!


  2. This book sounds very interesting. I'm curious as to how you handled the language differences between now and the year 1900s. Did you do a lot of research?

  3. Great question, Katie! I tried to keep the language of the ancestors (around 1914) a little more formal. I was very careful not to use words from today that were not even heard of in the early 20th century. I also stayed away from slang that could be dated.

    I also had to be sure that Cynthia and Gus used dialogue from the
    1960s. An even greater challenge was giving a Cajun voice to Mud Bug. That was fun!

    Thanks for the comment!


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