Whatever else I do or write, those first three novels will always mean so much to me. They are where I began. You would not be here if it weren’t for them.
In case you haven’t noticed, I pay attention to as much as I can when I’m traveling. You never know, as a writer, what you might be able to “use” someday. 😉
I admit I resisted sharing a third post in but three days, but in the end I thought ’tis acceptable. I hope to-day sees you well.
When I began writing that first book in 2012, I had thought it might interest mostly Americans. There is a group of Americans – I learned as a college lecturer – who love reading books about Europe, and especially about France.
I could not resist including that happening and built an entire chapter around it. Thus, yet again, life as the stuff of novels.
And if I run into the “aspiring author” stuff one more time on social media, or well, anywhere, I may, uh, well… I just hate seeing it.
“Over there,” a tour guide announces, “is the famous painting of the signing of the 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Next to it, you see a magnificent painting of the British surrender at Saratoga, New York. There’s George Washington, who defeated the British…”
Yes, I will admit that today is my birthday.
Hello from upstate New York! We’ve made it!
I thought I would here have a chuckle and create a somewhat tongue-in-cheek version of a Wiki that is factually the real me, but under the pseudonym.
There is so much that is good writing out there, I am a firm believer in embracing what you enjoy in terms of literature.
This is what may happen as you research to write: I had not examined it before and was looking through the book seeking some more background that might be of use for my own new manuscript. I got drawn in…
As readers, true, we all want to get to “the good parts.” Yet all parts should be, in their ways, “good parts.”
I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems?
Recently I turned down an interview request from a US podcaster because I felt that I could not do full justice to her suggested main subject. I didn’t think it would be fair talking with her merely for the sake of just talking – even if doing that might in some ways perhaps have been usefully self-promotional.