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"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Apr 7, 2022

My Return to the Stage--as Author, not Actress

 An event that was months in the planning, took place last evening at a historic downtown theatre. Laura Knoy of NH Public Radio and NPR interviewed me and three other local authors--Paul Brogan (memoir, biography, myster), Virginia Macgregor/Nina Monroe (contemporary fiction, young adult, historical), and Mark Okrant (mystery, history). With over two hundred people in attendance, it was the venue's largest crowd since the onset of the pandemic--amazing support by the community. 

After the interview, which included two question-and-answer segments, there was a booksigning in the lobby, sponsored and supplied by our local independent Gibson's Bookstore--where anyone can order personally autographed copies of my titles.

It was a wonderful evening, and a great joy to spend time with such talented and inspiring friends.

The marquee on Main Street

Me, Virginia/Nina, Mark, Paul

On the stage--Paul, Virginia/Nina, Mark, Me, Laura

Answering a question


Book sales were brisk!

Authors talk with their hands!

Mar 10, 2022

Zooming through 2022 >>>

 You can take the title of this blog post two ways . . . the "new year" is speeding along. And I've done a lot of Zoom events, as an author. And for regular meetings of the various nonprofit organizations I serve.

Since the prior post, I was extremely busy with events related to The Limits of Limelight. I enjoyed the holiday season--we even managed to host a very downsized and extremely safe and highly festive version of our annual Caroling Party. After not having it last year, this felt like a major achievement . . . there was snow on the ground, and Dot the dog tagged along.

I successfully completed National Novel Writing Month, writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I usually enter every other year.

I've finished writing a novel--that's another achievement--set in 17th century France, in areas familiar to me, with a connection to a story and characters that have long obsessed me. 

My dog Dot is featured in this novel, because she looks exactly like King Louis XIV's dogs.

I'm getting ready for an exciting event, an on-stage interview with three other local authors.

These days I'm catching up on reading, and will have some new book reviews to post fairly soon. 

Novel #16 is already in progress. 

It's shaping up to be a big travel year, with the pandemic apparently in retreat. After two years of going no farther than the lake house, I'm ready to dust off my passport, and get airborne again.