She creates 'Chadwick the Crab' adventures Author, Author

July 01, 1998|By Randi Kest

Since she was 5 years old and writing stories to read her mother, Priscilla Cummings has loved creating fiction. After seeing her first blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay and learning they sleep at the bottom of the ocean during winter, she wondered what might happen if one crab decided he didn't want spend his time that way. The first in her four-book series on Chadwick the Crab was born out of this curiosity.

Although best-known for these works, the Annapolis resident has written about other things besides Chesapeake Bay critters. "Autumn Journey," her most recent work, is a novel for older children about an 11-year-old boy from Baltimore and his family.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Cummings loved any story about horses as well as the Nancy Drew and Bobsey Twins series. Now, the 47-year-old author enjoys reading to her son and daughter from her childhood copy of another favorite, "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White. She also enjoys reading them "Jacob Have I Loved?" and "The Bridge to Terabithia," both by Katherine Paterson.

Chadwick the Crab books have been seen as far away as Sydney, Australia, and San Diego, Calif. Cummings admits Chadwick has traveled far more than she. The author, however, does frequently sail the Chesapeake aboard her family's boat, "Hunky Dory."

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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