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I’m baaaaack

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Long time, no post. I have an excuse. Just before I was due to attend the Eat Local/Read Local festival at Loudoun, I was overcome with gut pain that turned out to be pancreatitis plus gallstones, culminating in an MRI, ECRP, and gallbladder removal, which you can read about here if you’re so inclined.

I’m feeling MUCH better, and I even went back to work last week. I’ve also been grinding away at posts for my upcoming blog tour, which starts July 11. I even managed to launch my Facebook Author page today, so please cruise by there and give it a like.

Stay healthy everyone–

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Writing Desk Shaping Up

I haven’t posted in such a long time! No excuse except for intensive edits on The Juliet, which may or may not still be on track for a winter 2016 release. Under the category of “ways to avoid writing” I’ve made some changes to my writing space, which his now developing as a study in blue and green. I’m not done yet, but this gives you an idea of the mood I want to enter as I begin writing The Orphans Court, the second novel in the New Royal Mysteries series.

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Write What I Fear? Yeah, but . . .

Another one of those quotes rolled by in my feed–something about writing what you fear, and I think this time it was from Nadine Gordimer. I have always ignored that advice. I’m adventurous, but I write escapist fiction on purpose, and if I write something that goes beyond the visceral or seems original and deep, that’s an accident. My experimentalism is about pretty phrasing, too–I’m a confectional writer–rarely driven by meaning. If it comes to meaning or creates a unique effect, that’s swell.

Except. Here I am about to move into the final acts of a manuscript draft that turns out to be about a subject I have feared and avoided all my life. That subject is mental illness, and my goal of addressing it with meaning in within the context of a murder mystery may not be met, but at the end of the first draft process I will have “gone there”–I will have written about what I fear.

But here’s the twist–the only reason I have been able to do this with any confidence/relative comfort is because I have a safety net that’s never been there before–a publisher who is committed to me and invested in my work. That’s no guarantee that this book will see the light of your e-reader, but it’s just enough support for me.

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