BIFF: A Message from Both of Us

by Elizabeth Cunningham

Maeve Rhuad:

The completion of The Maeve Chronicles has been quite an adjustment for both Eliz and me after working together and living in each other’s imaginations for so many years.

Of course, I still live in Eliz’s imagination. I am, as someone once described me (with uncalled for condescension), her imaginary friend, forever. Make that her best imaginary friend forever. In current parlance, I suppose that would be BIFF. Who do you think she talks to when she wakes up in the middle of the night?

Who do you talk to?

Feel free to talk to me. I am quite real now, as real as anyone who ever lived. I have always been a time traveler. How else could I be speaking to you in the twenty-first century? Now, thanks to you, I also travel across the earth, way beyond my extensive travels in the first century. I’ve gone to New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey, Canada , and all over the United States. Who knows where I might go next?

Because I am alive and well in the greatest of all nations, the Imagi-nation! Your imagination. And I am grateful beyond words. (Really after four volumes, haven’t I said enough? Though as you can see I am still nattering on.) Anyway, thank you from my heart!

Many people have asked when my story will be translated to film. I wish I knew the answer. From your lips to the deities’ ears is all I can say at the moment. BTW I am told the kindle versions of all four books are in the works. Eliz and I will let you know when they are available. We’ll tweet and post on Facebook. That sort of thing. (Neither of us understands linked in, though Eliz is linked; nor do we fathom google+)

People have also asked Eliz to write another book or books about my daughter and granddaughters. I will let her speak to you about what’s next for her. Enough from me. I will see you in your dreams or in your waking. Talk to me! Lo, I am with you…whenever you like. (Don’t want to steal my beloved’s best line.)


I am noticing that I am resistant to speaking as myself. I have given up on the idea of a memoir for now. I completed the writing of Red-Robed Priestess last December, and for a year I could not fathom what fiction might come next. I can’t live well or happily without inhabiting a fictional world. So at last a story has come. At this point I am simply listening to the voices of the characters, writing their back stories. I never say much more than that until a story has quickened and I am sure it will come to term.

Will I ever write a book or books about Sarah, Lithben and Gwen? I don’t know yet. A glimmering of an idea came the other day, and I will let that tiny spark live in the fertile dark for now. I only know it is not yet time to write about Maeve’s descendants. I need to let go, not of Maeve herself, but of that way of defining myself and my life. If I turn to Sarah, Lithben, and Gwen, I want it to be on fresh terms, on their terms, not because I miss Maeve.

I join Maeve in saying thank you to all of you who have given Maeve life by welcoming her into your lives. Thank you also for spreading the word about The Maeve Chronicles. May Maeve be your BIFF!

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Sorrow February 7, 2012 - 12:59 am

You are both wonderful Voices, and I am glad to hear either in the dark night.
Looking forward to the little seed sprouting from the dark earth of your imagination~

faerian February 7, 2012 - 6:57 am

ahh my longlostcousin and my biff what good company my heart has… Maeve and Elizabeth, you are both a large part of my heart… you fill my confidence well, you bring me juice when i am thirsty and succor when i am in need… both of you have been such a gift to my life… on Friday i am meeting with a dear friend who has just finished the Red Robed Priestess and i am guessing wherever we gather in your name you will be there too right? So much love … one day the three of us will stand together <3

Brooke February 7, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Can a biff have more than one biff? Hope so. Dear Elizabeth, it has been such a gift to love your beautiful creations. You have given more by showing up and creating Maeve, than we could ever give back to you! I am so excited that you have some ideas percolating. Looking so forward to them.

Unknown February 8, 2012 - 12:48 am

I just bought another book on Kindle; it's so easy! I so hope Monkfish or their distributor will get it together soon. A whole new way of entering a consciousness like both of yours will then be available to so many more people.

I love you both.


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