FROM THE AUTHOR:
It’s been a while, a year in fact, since I posted news in my writing world. I intended to be better at posting, but we all know about intentions… First I’d like to say that I hope this update finds us all well, content, and poised to have a bountiful Thanksgiving and holiday season whether alone or with our 2 or 4-legged family and friends.
THIS YEAR: returned me to the wild Oregon Coast after many years, and took me on a long-hoped-for trip to Cuba. For this New Mexico desert/mountain dweller, the waters of both brought relief! If you read Listen for the Mourning Dove, you’ll discover that one of the novel’s characters, Renata, had spent time in Pre-Revolution Havana at the Hotel Nacional—so it was a thrill for me to visit the hotel my first night in Havana to bring my novel to life for that moment in time. Sitting on the wide, back veranda looking down the long lawn atop the Malecon to the sea was perfect. I promised myself to always remember the way the Caribbean’s breeze felt across my face that night… and to also remember the sound of the mighty Pacific waves crashing onto the rocks at Yachats, Oregon. I sigh with pleasure remembering both… a pleasure akin, I’d say, to that of being in love!
Listen for the Mourning Dove has enjoyed a nice following and a couple of national book awards since its publication, and has garnered attention from a very fine literary agency in New York. When the companion piece (sequel) to LFTMD is complete, I’m invited to send it on. And when will that be? Well… I can’t say with certainty since the creative process has a mind of its own. Try as I’d like, I can’t rush it, manipulate it to conform to my timeline, or chain the muse to my computer! Being impatient, self-critical, and forever persnickety increases the challenge! I will say that I’ve written a good bit of the book and have mapped-out where I’m going with it (that I’ve got some say about). So when the “elusive moment” comes, the book will blessedly make its way to the bookstores. Until then, thank you for your continued interest and support. It’s more important than you know. And lucky me… David Fisher, great guy and 22-time NYTimes best-selling author, has graciously offered his knowledge and support to a newbie novelist like me. What a gift that is. Thank you, David.
AUDIO BOOK UPDATE: The audio version of Listen for the Mourning Dove continues production. We’re excited about it and are looking forward to announcing its availability in the not-too-distant future. Hearing the dove call and the music of the book as it’s read is terrific!
MEANTIME: there remains (thankfully) a steady flow of energy from all quarters including, pictured here, this great book club in Santa Fe that invited me to attend their discussion of Listen for the Mourning Dove recently. Special thanks to Jayne Cotten who chose my book for the club when it came her turn. The book club members shared their astute observations of the book in a lively, interesting discussion. I loved meeting this smart bunch of women… and learning from them. Thank you, ladies!
UNTIL NEXT TIME,