Conversations with Readers

One of the parts of being a writer that I like most is conversations with readers about my books, especially when they have questions about the characters, or want to know what is going to happen in the next book! Their comments motivate me as a writer, because I want to keep my readers entertainedContinue reading “Conversations with Readers”

One Out and One on the Way

Now that “The Gate House” is available again, as both as e-book and in print, I am turning my attention the my next book, tentatively titled “Lydia’s Story.” The manuscript is finished, and I am hoping to have news about a publisher soon. I describe “Lydia’s Story” as a sequel/prequel to “The Gate House.” ItContinue reading “One Out and One on the Way”

Where Do I Set My Story?

“There is no happiness in love, except at the endof an English novel.” (Anthony Trollope in Barchester Towers) The passage through Dover Castle at the right just can’t help sparking my imagination. How Does an Author Choose a Setting Why did I set The Gate House in England? The simple answer to that question isContinue reading “Where Do I Set My Story?”

Bed and Breakfast Food

This post was set up to publish when I was traveling last week, but somehow it didn’t happen. But it is happening now, and I hope everyone enjoys the recipe and thoughts of a delicious breakfast! My novel The Gate House takes place in a bed and breakfast in Lincolnshire, England. I have stayed inContinue reading “Bed and Breakfast Food”

Book Review and Other Thoughts

Now that both my parents have passed away, I find myself increasingly interested in the World War II era. And now that The Gate House is scheduled for re-release in May, I am almost ready to submit the sequel to The Gate House, which has a working title of Lydia’s Story. Lydia is the great-grandmother of Nara, theContinue reading “Book Review and Other Thoughts”

New Cover for The Gate House

  It has been a long process to reach the point where I am two months out from re-publication of The Gate House. The book was originally released in July, 2009, and the timing could not have been worse for me personally. Outside of the fact that it was my first book and I hadContinue reading “New Cover for The Gate House”

Where do characters come from?

My characters are frequently based on real people, but as the story develops, they take on a life of their own and bear little more than a superficial resemblance to the person on whom it is based. In the case of Nara, the main character in The Gate House, she is based on the daughter-in-lawContinue reading “Where do characters come from?”

Back to Lincolnshire

Since my novel The Gate House is due out in May, I am thinking about the trip to England that inspired the novel. My husband and I stayed in a bed in breakfast in the market town of Spalding in Lincolnshire. We traveled to that part of England because his ancestors had come from theirContinue reading “Back to Lincolnshire”