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Elizabeth Cunningham, a direct descendant of nine generations of Episcopal priests, grew up hearing rich biblical and liturgical language and developed an appreciation for words. When she was not in church or school, she read fairytales and fantasy novels or wandered in the enchanted wood of an overgrown, abandoned estate next door to the rectory. Her religious background, the magic of fairytales, and the mystical aspects of nature continue to inform her work.
Today Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, her series of novels about the Celtic Mary Magdalen. The books in this series are: Magdalen Rising, the Beginning (reissued 2007), The Passion of Mary Magdalen (2006), and Bright Dark Madonna (2009). A fourth and final Maeve Chronicles book is in progress. The Passion of Mary Magdalen, the centerpiece of the series, is the book Cunningham believes she was born to write. Some of her other works include the novels The Wild Mother, The Return of the Goddess, and How to Spin Gold.
Cunningham graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1976 with BA in English and American language and literature. In 1997, she graduated from The New Seminary and was ordained as an interfaith minister and counselor. Both The Maeve Chronicles and her interfaith ministry express her profound desire to reconcile her Christian roots with her call to explore the divine feminine.
The mother of grown children, Cunningham lives with her husband in a sacred grove in the Hudson Valley.
- For more about the author, including interviews, visit her website
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The picture quality of the video below isn't that great, but the interview content is wonderful.
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