The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Cynthia Blair

Humorous adventure.

Long Island, New York
June 21,1953

Bubble Gum Gang Mysteries

“In all my writings I strive to create strong, independent female characters who are involved in making emotional decisions and personal choices,” said Cynthia Blair in Contemporary Authors. I write for the same reason that I suspect a lot of other writers do—to validate my own perceptions and experiences and to appease the compulsion to write. Because of these two driving forces, my novels are a continuation of autobiography; they relate things I've done, or have fantasized about doing, and involve people I have known. Of course, all of this is vastly distorted by my own interpretations and creative embellishments, since real life, despite rumors to the contrary, is rarely as interesting as fiction.”

The daughter of an English teacher and an artist, Blair attended Bryn Mawr College, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1975. Two years later, she received a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Blair worked from 1977 to 1981 as a marketing manager for Avon Products, Standard Brands, and Nestle. She became a full-time writer. In 1982, she married Richard Smith, an architect, with whom she has a son.

In Contemporary Authors, the writer said she believes that young adult readers are more idealistic than adult readers and perhaps not as ready to accept large doses of reality in what they read.

Her Bubble Gum Gang Mysteries feature Carla Farrell, Samantha Langtree, and Betsy Crane—pals who stick together like bubble gum. In Buried Treasure in My Own Attic?, Carla is down in the dumps

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