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Writing historical fiction: sometime journal of a New York City novelist

The actress Barbara Rinella and CLAUDE & CAMILLE

I got such lovely news from the actress Barbara Rinella who is giving a one-woman presentation of CLAUDE & CAMILLE in several places in the Midwest and California this winter. Of her first presentation at a benefit in Crystal Lake, she wrote me: "There were 500 people to watch Claude and Camille, A Novel of  Read More 
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</i>a nun who loves to go dancing

A nun who loves to go dancing -- I have decided that is what I am. Being a novelist is like having a vocation. It is a very demanding, concentrated vocation and when all is going well, your characters and their needs are completely satisfied and on their way to a printed, fully formed  Read More 
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back from Switzerland and France

I have been away! 18 days to visit family in Switzerland with my husband, once again seeing the gorgeous mountains! Then to Paris and Brittany. I got three ideas for new novels in one day; what a pity it takes so long to write even one! Walking the streets of Paris was so moving for  Read More 
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remembering my 12 magical days in Oxford

A number of years ago, I won a scholarship through the English Speaking Union to live at Jesus College in Oxford for twelve magical days which became rather an ideal for the rest of my life. I lived in a room on the Quad of this 16th century college and was served kippers and  Read More 
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A walk at night in my NYC neighborhood

I just went out for a breath of air, and there isn't much. It's still 82 degrees at 11:00 pm. I love my neighborhood at night! Lights shimmer from the old brownstones on side streets and the trees before them are heavy and still. The young, bearded Greek orthodox priest in his cassock was standing outside  Read More 
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from a hot New York City and active novelist!

It's been so long since I wrote here! It's hard to believe that I was in Glen Ellyn outside Chicago just four weeks ago! I am intensely working on my new novel and have been wonderfully surprised by the many e-mails from readers and book clubs about CLAUDE & CAMILLE. Our writers' group which formed  Read More 
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book tour, blogs, and holes in socks

It's official. I have to spend my time taking care of the outer me. My author reading clothes are lovely, but when I finally went to get new sandals again today (I had to admit that mine were incredibly worn down), I noticed the pathetic holes in my socks.If someone took a picture  Read More 
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the book blogger's reception in New York City

And how wonderful to meet ten lovely bloggers who all reviewed CLAUDE & CAMILLE and hosted my guest posts! I also met the congenial Margie from JustBooks in Glen Ellyn outside Chicago who is hosting me in a reading at the BistroMonet there on June 19th.

The gathering of perhaps 75-100 people was held in  Read More 
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the joys of writer friends!!

I had a lovely dinner at a local French restaurant with my historical novelist friend Susanne Dunlap and then a few days ago had dinner with writer Pam Leggett and Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter Lena Roy who has her first book coming out. I don't know what I would do without all my writer friends,  Read More 
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a windy, clear New York day

I walked down to the park and the wind was tossing the trees and snapping the flags; there was a huge sound of wind. Behind the Memorial at 89th street the Hudson Guild Shakespeare players were practicing again with a very intense, compelling actress with spiked hair shouting against the wind. Now that the  Read More 
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