Finally back…

It’s good to be back at the blog.

Since March, I’ve kept away to:

*Edit and revise PLAGUED (Fireship Press, June 9, 2014), the first novel in the proposed Michael of Rhodes series;

*Teach a class about setting at Mark Twain House and Museum’s annual Writers’ Conference;

*Research 1402 Venice and its oceanic reach.

Of course, I was kept happily grounded by my fantastic students who were studying Vonnegut and Voltaire, Strout and Atwood, Allende and Shakspeare.

My husband Wayne, main muse and editor extraordinaire, along with the extended family, kept me going with much appreciated encouragement and various tangible supports. Grazie molto a tutti!

A summer goal is to post weekly. And so I begin today to let you know that Yale Writers’ Conference was a terrific way to spend June 18-22 in New Haven, CT. I was one of eleven writers in Louis Bayard’s historical fiction workshop. It was a treat to be in the company of serious (but certainly not solemn!) writers who, like myself, juggle careers, families, research, and writing. Our intrepid leader, Lou, does the same. Don’t miss the chance to read his most recent novel, ROOSEVELT’S BEAST (Henry Holt, 2014). It’s a meticulously researched page-turner in language that delights, informs, moves, and thrills.

I hope you and yours have the opportunity to enjoy the summer. And if you are passing through Waterbury, Connecticut, on Thursday, July 17th, between four-thirty and seven-thirty in the evening, stop by The Commons at Chase Collegiate School, to help launch PLAGUED.

Until next week,