I am a first-generation Italian-American writer with a love for history, books, and the cinema.  I hold an undergraduate and graduate degree, the first in English Literature and the second in Secondary Education. I’ve travelled in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.  I’ve worked and spent months in Switzerland, France, and Italy.  I’ve also travelled the region of Nord du Pas in France, the setting for my novel.

I have eclectic book tastes.  Some favorites are: War and Peace, Jane Eyre, A Pillar of Iron (Caldwell), Steppenwolf, Heart of Darkness, Lolita, The Old Man and the Sea, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, Mary Queen of Scots, Here Be Dragons, Outlander, Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Quo Vadis, Queenmaker, Roman Blood, Rebecca, and The Black Rose.

Movies I love: The Count of Monte Cristo, Braveheart, Vanilla Sky, The Lord of the Rings, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version), Indochine, Kama Sutra, Arabian Nights, Cinema Paradiso, Dances with Wolves, Matrix, Clash of the Titans, Zorro, and Timeline.

I could list more books and movies, but Ill refrain.  However, if I were marooned for months in a cabin with DVD capability and electricity and could have only one book and movie, I would choose, War and Peace (the longest and with all the facets of a great story) and The Count of Monte Cristo (love the screenplay and the Count <g>).

My writing credits include short fiction at, in The Scriptor, and in the anthology, Summer Tapestry.  I review for the website UNRV Roman Empire.  I’ve worked as a part-time book publicist and manuscript editor, and I’m a former Bookseller Liaison and current member of the Historical Novel Society.  In addition, I’m a member of The Barrington Writers Workshop, and a past participant in The Algonkian Writers’ Conference, Northwestern University’s Writers’ Workshop and RWA Conference.  On the Edge of Sunrise is my first historical novel.  Presently, I’m working on the stand-alone mystery sequel.

6 Responses to Bio

  1. deborahjay12 says:

    Hi! I came here via Catherine Caffeinated where you left a reply on my comment – thanks!
    If you ever have need of any horse-related info, just ask on my blog – early days there too but I’m sure it’ll snowball.
    PS, can’t find anywhere on this blog where you actually have your name posted….?


  2. cinzia8 says:

    Hi Deborah,

    Thanks so much. I will definitely use you as a source and visit your blog. My work in progress is a historical mystery. My characters are soon to take a long journey on the Appian Way, and I may have some questions for you. My name is in my blog address, but it’s Cynthia Ripley Miller. I see you’re in the UK. Cool. I learned years ago to ride with an English saddle. I have a few funny stories from that and one published short story. It’s been years since I’ve been on a horse, but I did enjoy riding and the horses very much. If you’re inclined, check out my Lady Godiva post.


  3. deborahjay12 says:

    You’ll be most welcome – hope I can answer them!
    Love the picture with your Lady Godiva post – I’d found that when rootling through your blog earlier.
    I’ve followed your blog so let’s keep in touch.
    I’m about to take the plunge with my first indie novel – epic fantasy, which is set in a nominally middle ages culture, so I may have some questions for you too, as I write the sequels 🙂


  4. cinzia8 says:

    I will come and visit your blog soon and will follow you as well. Good luck with your novel. Let us know when it’s out.


  5. Phyllis Shearer says:

    Hi Cindy,
    Very nice website–design and historical information make it very specal. All the best, Phyllis Shearer


  6. cinzia8 says:

    Hi Phyllis,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m currently working on my author’s website at It’s live, but I might make some changes to the Home page. If you can, come and take a peek in a few days. 🙂


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