Some great questions came my way from a recent book club meeting, so I thought I'd share them with everybody. Enjoy!
1. Where did you get the idea for the two main characters? What research did you do for the book?
The book is loosely based on a journal my great-grandmother wrote in the last year of her life. It is very short, only about fifteen pages. Enidina is based on a combination of my great-grandmother (at least in events) and my…Continue
I must say I was pleased as punch with all the yahoos over my last post about taking an unpaid year off from my job to write. And I’m late posting this particular update because I’ve started doing exactly that—writing. I haven’t felt this content in years. But truthfully, the most scary part of the whole business has nothing to do with short-term poverty. The scariest is how I’ll manage my time. I admit I’m still reeling from the month of April. At the end of the last weekend—after…Continue
So I finally did it. I told my boss I needed a year off from my teaching job at Boston University in order to turn in a solid draft of my next novel to my agent. Goal: last day of August 2012 (when I turn forty). I am thrilled and terrified. No salary, no health insurance, loads of time. I’m starting this new series to mark my progress, primarily for myself, possibly for the one or two of you out there who might be interested. Bottomland is the working title for the book,…Continue