This year, I’ve had three books in production, all of which are due out in 2018. “How prolific!” people say – sometimes not very pleasantly. Being prolific can be suspect. But in reality, it’s like seeing a log jam unstick, and several logs flow on downriver. How did this happen? Well, I’ve never stopped working, even though response was sometimes minimal. It’s just what I do. I’m happier writing than not-writing, enjoy life more when I have a book to think about, and certainly enjoy it a whole lot more when my work gets published.
So – January sees the publication of my novel “Paris Still Life” with Lake Union publishers, based in Seattle, who have been incredibly active, responsive and thorough in its preparation and always answer my queries – it’s rare that publishers do that, and I value it after all these years in or out of contact with them. It’s got a lovely red cover – to be posted here soon – and is about a young woman who sees the ghost of her father in the streets of Paris. Is he really a ghost, or someone else, or did he never really die? She gets to find out, and incidentally inherits a valuable painting that several other people want. Read, and enjoy…
My second book, due out in March from University of Iowa Press, is “Miss Stephen’s Apprenticeship” subtitled, “How Virginia Stephen became Virginia Woolf.” It’s been a pleasure to be able to pay homage to one of my favorite authors, and to investigate how she taught herself to write.
Thirdly, “The Lost Love Letters of Henri Fournier” – again, to be published by Lake Union in the summer of 2018. More on this later. (But I will say that I have been working on this book since 2010, so am particularly I am thrilled that it is finally going to see the light of day, thanks to my wonderful agent, Kimberley Cameron, whom I met at the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference in 2015. A good place to find an agent, by the way!