There are plenty of legendary stories about how many times Dr. Suess’s MULBERRY STREET and Madeleine L’Engle’s WRINKLE IN TIME were rejected. (Both were around forty!) Such tales tend to give hope to struggling writers everywhere. My friend Jeanie Ransom had a rather epic number of submissions for her divorce book, I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT … More Fifteen Rejections
One thing about blogs is that people will generally read things from newest to oldest. So I’m going to work my way backwards from my decision to submit SUSPECT to Peachtree to how I came up with the original idea for SUSPECT in the first place. It was essentially a ten-year journey from my first scribbles on … More Reverse Chronological Order/Explanation of Dedication Page
I first heard the songs from the musical CHESS back in college. One of the guys in my Douglas Houghton Hall dorm at Michigan Tech was demonstrating the astonishing clarity that his new CD player brought to the music. (And yes, this was the latest thing back in the early 80’s.) He started with the radio hit “One Night in … More “O Light the Heart that Lingers in Merano”
I ran across a new fantasy designation today. Of course, it could have been knocking around for awhile, but here is how Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of CURSE DARK AS GOLD, put it: “Historical fantasy” means my work is inspired by real places and cultures of the past, but with fantastical, otherworldly, or magical elements. … More Historical Fantasy
I know that Chapter 20 is a bit on the short side, but I decided to declare it done for the time being. It will undoubtedly need tweaking after this draft is finished anyway. And I’m pushing forward into the final “temporary triumph” before the “darkest moment.” Tense moments for my character are helping me … More Chapter 20? Done. At Least for Now
SUSPECT has now appeared in a few libraries, so I guess it is officially out there even though my launch party won’t be until the first Thursday in October. But I guess that makes the release of my book as a rolling party with lots of little celebrations along the way.
SUSPECT’s first review came in from Kirkus, and it’s a good one! In fact the title of this post was also the subject line from my editor when she sent me the review. She noted that it can be hard to get a good review for mysteries, especially in the world of YA. But here … More A Sparkly, Sparkly Review