“I found success because I wrote for the love of writing.” ~Hugh Howey, author of Wool.
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When I read it, I suddenly heard the old gospel song:
The gospel train is a comin`
I hear it yes at hand
I hear the car was movin
And a rumblin` through the land
Oh get on board, get on board, get on board
There`s room for many a more…
Two weeks since I’ve been here, and I have been busy. As I wrote in my previous post, I decided to put aside my latest book project and focus on a few other projects that have been languishing in the works.
Ta-da! I finished one of those projects last week. I’m happy to report that Mary In Color is now available on Kindle!
Mary In Color is the story of Mary Lunsford and the disturbance and hilarity that ensues when she, a woman approaching middle age, long widowed and with 3 grown daughters, dares to open herself to romance. Mary has spent her life looking after others, and happily, but suddenly she finds she wants something more. It is a story about how we change without really realizing, and about daring to reach for dreams. It is about mothers and daughters, and love and family, and yes, about moving on. My fiction always reflects lessons I’m learning in my own life.
The journey with this project has been, as it always seems to be for me, one of fits and starts. It began a year and a half ago, when rights to a number of properties originally published by Harlequin Books reverted to me. One of those was a short novella I had written that had been published in a special Silhouette Books anthology, To Mother with Love, 1992. After that first printing the story went out of print and has not seen the light of day for twenty years.
Let me say that so much of my early work I would just as soon leave buried in the past. But I read this novella and was absolutely delighted. So I rewrote the entire story, enlarged and changed and turned it into a brand new book: Mary In Color.
For this week, Mary in Color is available on Kindle for the special promotional price of 99 cents. I hope it give you a bit of relaxing reading time, a break from the harried rat race, and returns you to your world refreshed and with a high heart. That is the great gift of fiction.
I was asked, once again, if I had any tips for beginning writers. In thinking of this, I realized that no matter how long we have been writing, each of us is a beginner at some point in our writer’s journey. We are always learning and relearning, as long as we are alive.
Just now I am beginning with a new transition in my journey. Forced into. I have never been very good at transitions, either in writing or in life. I tend to freeze, my mind refuses to go forward, and I end up rewriting previous passages–going around the mountain like the Israelites on their 40 years in the desert.
I finally decided that if I can’t go to the promised land, I can move on closer to it with other projects. I set aside my fiction project for now Read more