Monday, October 16, 2023
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
I'm pleased to announce the good progress on a book I started exactly a year ago. This book was born from hybrid Zoom meetings at two rural Upstate New York libraries in mid-October 2022. At the end of each author presentation, I asked those in attendance, both at the library and on Zoom to develop a character. One library's patrons developed a man, Yuri, the other library's patrons developed a female that they named Autumn. They dictated a full bio of each character and when they were done, I thought - I can make a book incorporating these two characters. I ran with their characters, and it has been great fun. Autumn's bio stated she started as a police officer in North Carolina, but got fed up with the politics and moved to New York State. Yuri is Ukrainian (the woman who named him said his last name began with an "R"). He was head of their national archives, and the patrons gave me many of his qualities, like he has a good sense of humor. It's been interesting and sometimes challenging to further develop the storyline around these two characters, but it is coming together as they both meet in a university town in the Finger Lakes Region. With a university setting their is much to work with: politics, passions, creative minds, turf wars. Of course there's a crime involed, actually more than one, and Yuri ends up being the prime suspect. I'll do my best to get him out of this bind. As of now, he has had to give up his passport until the investigations are finished. I'm thankful for the Sisters-in-Crime, Connecticut Chapter for having their twice weekly write-ins. That gives me dedicated writing time with other SinC members.
Monday, August 7, 2023
When I get an email with the subject line: "I Wrote a Book," it gets my attention. The note was from the daughter-in-law of one of my husband's work colleagues. The author of Let's Go! is Emily Jaenson and I suspect you will be hearing more about her. Her book, available in Spring 2024, is titled: "Let's Go! A Guide to Increasing Your Confidence." "Let’s go! A Guide to Increasing Your Confidence: How to go from too shy to order a pizza to unstoppable. By practicing the right behaviors, you can change your attitude over time and grow into a more confident, goal directed person. This book lights the way." In her TedX talk, Emily shares her journey from being very shy to being the only female general manager of a Triple-A baseball team, the Reno Aces. Emily's TedX talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IitIl2C3Iy8 has had over 2.7M views. Her story point out that everyone, especially young women, can have the confidence to succeed. Emily also has a podcast, so if you want to learn more, check her out.
Friday, April 14, 2023
Last week I was interviewed by Jean Peelen, who has started a website and Facebook page called Old Women Who Write. Jean contacted me and asked if I would consider being interviewed. I thought about that because I don't consider myself "old." Jean explained that her idea was that women of any age can start writing, be part of a writing community, and get published. That made sense. So, if you would like to see the interview she did with me, along with the others, here is the link: https://www.oldwomenwhowrite.com/ In the meantime, I've been making great progress on the book featuring Autumn Whitcomb and Yuri Rachinskij. I'm working on their background information before they run into each other in Upstate New York. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime Connecticut and they have a write-in two days a week. I try to Zoom in for one of those and this week I accomplished over 1,600 words in the two hours. Now, if I could just keep that up. Here in Connecticut we've ended winter and went right into summer. Although I'm not happy with the hot weather this early in the year, it does prompt me to stay in and write.
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
My next book features Autumn Whitcomb and Yuri Rachinskij, two characters developed by participants after two author presentations at two Upstate New York rural libraries. One library's patrons developed a female, the other a male. When their bios were developed by the patrons I realized these two characters could work well in a story. I've been working on this in fits and starts until recently when Autumn tapped me on the shoulder (kind of like that editor on your shoulder) and told me I needed to spend more time developing her back story. I was rushing the story too much without letting the reader know about her personality. The same was true of Yuri. At the start of the story he's the head archivist of the Ukrainian Archives. The country is under attack and the archives have undertaken a major digitization project to save the country's history and culture before it is destroyed. Listening to Autumn, I'm now back at the beginning of the story making tweaks to the text to follow her advice. That's the life of a writer - the characters are in charge.