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3 Reasons I Can’t Seem To Write Today

Did you ever have a day when the topics just wouldn’t come? Ever wonder why?

Today is such a day for me so this post will be short. Here are three things that are keeping me from writing a brilliant blog post.

1. photo (3)photo (2) This is the weak weather outside my front door. Notice my neighbor’s Christmas reindeer are still out there. We haven’t had a break in the snow since Christmas and he can’t get those cute reindeer put away.

2. Across the street you can see the falling snow, a picture that is hard to get. Ordinarily I’d be really excited at this phenomenon but enough is enough this year.

3. My daughter and her family are flying in this evening but as the day goes on, we wonder if we’ll be able to go to the airport 30 miles away and pick them up. Or even if the plane will land. My 6-year-old granddaughter will love the snow and the reindeer even though I’m pretty sure the adults won’t be so enamored.

photoThe positive is that I got three more pages written as I finish off the rough draft of The Loyalist’s Luck, due for release in September. Yay! And I found a great website with lots of information about Governor and Mrs. Simcoe who both appear in this second book of my Loyalist trilogy.

Hope you are enjoying the snow, either in person or through these pictures, better than I am. :-(

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Historical Fiction, Just For Fun


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Why I Read Historical Novels Review

HNReview FebI may not get to it the day it comes in my mailbox, or even the month it comes. I may not read it all. I may even have contemplated dropping my subscription. But as I’ve grown in my historical fiction writing so has the value I see in the Historical Novels Review.

The February issue is a case in point. It starts out with the Publisher’s Message which I always read. I like to hear what this creator of a magazine for a genre I’ve loved forever has to say. In this month’s bit, Richard Lee talks about the mind-yeast he gets from reading non-fiction books. Isn’t that a great word?

Next are a number of short but provocative and insightful articles where the author’s name is highlighted as much as the title. More actually, as there is usually a picture. These authors are a veritable who’s who of historical fiction.

I liked Dr. Jerome De Groot’s aritcle discussing the links between history and historical fiction. Author Nancy Horan says “Writing historical fiction about real people allows me to explore the ‘why’ questions that arise out of the facts of the subjects’ lives’, a perspective that mirrors my own. In writing The Loyalist’s Wife, I was interested in exploring the ways that decisions made by kings and presidents, the higher-ups, affect ordinary people like you and me.

The article which really caught my eye was a tribute to Elizabeth Jane Howard and The Cazalet Chronicle. Lucinda Byatt praises this author of The Light Years, a book I read and loved several years ago, and mentioning others by Howard. I’ll be looking for those titles you may be sure. Sadly, in a footnote, Byatt tells of Howard’s death so there will be no more. I was delighted to read this article about an author who had brought to life for me a family from about 1937-1947. Such a turbulent time. I remember those characters even now and The Light Years is one of the books that made the cut when I downsized my huge library and moved to a smaller space. Reading this article was like going to a party full of strangers and finding a long-lost friend.

After the articles come pages of new historical fiction releases, a wonderful garden of books, divided into centuries. Short reviews of each make picking my next read easy. The only problem is finding the time to read all of the ones I want. Historical fiction is definitely alive and well.

Now I just want to find out how to get The Loyalist’s Wife and its soon-to-be-released sequel, The Loyalist’s Luck, into this quality magazine!

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7 Types of Readers of My Books

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As a newly published author, I have been hearing from many people who have read The Loyalist’s Wife and tell me they enjoyed it. That’s akin to hearing what a wonderful son or daughter you have, especially if this writing/publishing thing is all new to you.

Just this morning I received an email which prompted me to choose this topic for today’s post. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t have a similar response to my work from some kind person.

7 Types of Readers of My Books

  1. My friend, Sue, the first person to buy my book as we stood at the local market in glorious sunlight, is a voracious and clever reader. She was emailing to me within hours with wonderful comments and encouragement. Of course she also wants me to stay home and work on the sequel! I’m like that, too. If I love a book I just want to read and read until it’s finished and then I want the next one that author has written.
  2. Equally as treasured are those family members who support us by buying our book. Lucky for me my family is LARGE and their support has been fabulous. That’s not to say they’ve all bought a book but then they’re not all readers and I accept that. One of my sisters has bought several to give as gifts and, though she has yet to finish the book herself, never misses a chance to support me.
  3. Those who buy a book after hearing me speak, even if it’s not their usual reading fare, can be fun. A lovely man and his wife stood before my table a few weeks after I had spoken at a club where he is a member. When I asked what he thought of the book, he hesitated. With my well-practiced teacher smile, I encouraged him to tell me. Well, he thought there was too much description. I was surprised as I am a lover of plot and move things along without a lot of description. His wife touched his arm, smiled, and told me he only ever reads thrillers. We all laughed and they moved on to the next table. Wasn’t it wonderful that he, a total thriller reader, read my book?
  4. I was puzzled as to why I hadn’t heard comments from a few people, readers all of them. One of my brothers brought it into perspective for me. He likes to read slowly, savoring every morsel, stopping to cogitate, remember, and consider so that it takes him quite a while to read a book. When he’s done, however, he has a thorough understanding of all the nuances and his questions are full of insight.
  5. I like to read one book at a time mostly because my brain is too small to keep details from a lot of books straight. Nevertheless, I know a number of smart people, excellent thinkers and readers, who read several books at once. One will be by the bed, one in the bathroom, one in the car, by their favorite chair, at the office, or in their purse or briefcase. Can you imagine how many books they get through in a year?
  6. I have been known to underline, to write in the margins or to use my yellow marker, but only for a certain type of how-to or informational book. Never for fiction. Readers abound who love to write notes in the margins about the sisters in Little Women or do their own spider messages like Charlotte. Their books are thoroughly used and not the ones you’d want to buy in lieu of a new book on Amazon. And how about the coffee drinkers who spill on the pristine pages? A fellow teacher once borrowed a new hard cover book from me. It came back with so much more added to it: coffee stains, two-year-old scribblings throughout, and the cover irreparably torn. Heartbreak for me.
  7. I am a book mark baby. Are you? Do you have a favorite that allows you to mark your way through a glorious read without ever leaving traces behind? If so, I would like to borrow your books and I promise you’ll get them back in the same pristine condition I received them. Oh, I know that’s a little anal but I do like things nice. I want to experience the read as the author intended without anything to detract from the message. And when that book goes on my shelf, it’s beautiful, both for its story, now held in my heart, and for its outer package.

Yesterday my quarterly newsletter went out and this morning one of those who had signed up at my book launch last fall, a stranger, sent me a message:

“The book was surprisingly good. It was only purchased because you live [here] and curiosity about local talent prompted the purchase. It actually took a while to get around to reading it, but I’m glad I did. Congratulations on the book which was both enlightening and fun to read. Looking forward to the next one…”

I chuckled at the word “surprisingly” but am most appreciative that this reader took the time to contact me. And I don’t seem to care what kind of reader he is, as long as he reads!<!–

What kind of reader are you?


Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Readers, Readers' Wants


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