Alton Book Chat Presents Author Cindy Davis

ALTON — Alton Book Chat will present special guest Cindy Davis, NH Author & Editor, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13.

Davis is originally from the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. In 1989, she and her family moved to the four season state of New Hampshire, amid the mountains, lakes and year-round views. She's always enjoyed writing—even began her first novel at the age of 9. The book took place in Egypt and was titled "The Pyramid". The experts say "Write what you know" and that's probably why she never finished the story—until then, she'd never been further from home than Rhode Island.

When her second husband, Bob, encouraged her to go back to school, she enrolled in a Journalism & Short Story course. Just prior to graduation, she went to work for a small local magazine, learning the trade from the ground up: typesetting, layouts, formatting, along with her best loves—interviewing and writing. She wrote stories about local history, people and events, and went on to have a monthly column describing local walking tours that have since been compiled into two books.

After six years, Cindy left the company and began free-lancing; publishing 150 plus articles, and four novels over the next three years. She wrote a column for the local newspaper, a tongue-in-cheek piece about living with children in the 90s, soon to be published under the title Are We There Yet?—a title she says she had way before the movie.

In 1999, Cindy began a quarterly fiction magazine called PEEKS & valleys. In 2000, PEEKS' spinoff "Characters~Kids Short Story Outlet" was born. In 2003, she teamed up with fantasy author John Richters, to pen a Young Adult fantasy trilogy titled Desert Magic. She also edits for three publishing houses and has a free-lance critiquing service. She's energetic and upbeat, and prides herself on never having missed a deadline.

In her spare time, Cindy raises exotic finches, gardens, does needlework, reads, and hikes with her pair of miniature dachshunds.

Alton Book Chat, established in 1999, is a library-sponsored book discussion group that meets monthly, at  7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room (lower level entrance).