October 6, 2018
Widow Creek is here! Now available from Lucky Bat Books, my second novel has just launched.
There are some familiar characters, Sheriff Etoile Miller and Starhawk, returning from my first novel, The Promise of Fate. And a few new ones including Mariah Hardwick Penngrove and Pajaro Mendonca. One of my favorite parts of the story is Mariah’s admiration of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. She frequently quotes from an old copy of The Journals of Lewis and Clark, a chronicle of their epic exploration of the West in 1804. Readers will note that I quote verbatim from the original journals.
Not haveing seen the Snake Indians or knowing in fact whither to calculate on their friendship or hostillity, we have conceived our party sufficiently small, and therefore have concluded not to dispatch a canoe with a part of our men to St. Louis as we had intended early in the spring.
We fear also that such a measure might possibly discourage those who would in such case remain, and might possibly hazard the fate of the expedition. We have never hinted to any one of the party that we had such a scheme in contemplation, and all appear perfectly to have made up their minds to Succeed in the expedition or perish in the attempt. We all believe that we are now about to enter on the most perilous and difficult part of our Voyage, yet I see no one repineing. All appear ready to meet those difficulties which await us with resolution and becoming fortitude.” June 20, 1805-William Clark.
August 17, 2018
After a year’s hiatus, I am delighted to announce that my second novel, Widow Creek, will launch within the next month. Working with Lucky Bat Books has been a rewarding experience and I’m pleased to be part of their team with my latest book.
Please stay tuned for my news as the publication date nears. And thanks for checking in!
May 1, 2017
This is an interesting day. I submitted my final work schedule today. I am employed as a nurse; but not for long. I am retiring on June 30th. Having lived by a work schedule for the better part of my adult life [and as a nurse, it means shuffling nights, weekends, holidays and vacation around the schedules of other nurses], I am relieved to not have to do so any longer. However, to not have an employer-based schedule means that, as a writer, I must create my own.
I have been musing about this idea. This new road of mine. And it brought me back to why I write now, why I started and how I will continue. I started because I wanted to invent stories that would thrill, inspire, create a pause for a reader. Then I went through a phase where I concentrated on the craft and building a tool chest of words, phrases, plots and voices. I have by no means mastered nor filled the chest. When I decided to tackle a novel, I knew it would take discipline and commitment. My idea for a story would have to engage me for the duration. Around this time, I began to think about who I was, why I was here to write stories and what engaged me in life and in dreams. The notion of the unknown captivated me. In very basic terms, I considered that my adoration for dirt roads leading into the woods was a symptom of this unknown idea. Backpacking into the wilderness was another part of it. It’s not just a love of nature. It is a feeling of the potential of not knowing what is beyond that next meadow, ridge or around a curve in the trail. I drilled it down to a need to not have a destination in mind; just the journey. If I look at this laterally, it explains why I enjoy murder mysteries, the paranormal and books with riddles. Reading about the unknown not to mention living it…this is what drives me to write the kind of stories I want to share with readers. I give them a job to do: figure out where the next twist will take them.
As I start off on a new unknown path called The Next Chapter of My Life, I will have hours all my own. No timeline other than what I set. A kind of unknown, I guess.