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

Three weeks after my novel's debut

It is STILL strange to get so many comments (almost all of them perfectly wonderful) to this novel which was a story inside me for so long. I have had several strong press reviews and online reviews, topped by the rave in the Boston Globe and People magazine's choice of the book as a  Read More 
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The Albany Empire State Book Festival and the amazing blog tour so far

I spent two days at the Albany Empire State Book Festival where five thousand writers, librarians and book lovers gathered. Amazingly, they had a panel on historical fiction in which I was able to participate, struggling through a rather heavy head cold which descended on me as I arrived by train in Albany and  Read More 
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debut reading at NYC B&N and first online reviews

The debut reading for CLAUDE & CAMILLE was more than I could ever have hoped. We had nearly a hundred people with many standing in the back. One person bought six or seven copies! I saw so many beloved old friends there and afterward a few of us went out to eat. I was starving; I  Read More 
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thoughts on the eve of the publication of my new novel

I have spent the evening going to dinner with my husband and have been e-mailing friends in a kind of daze. I think only another writer can know the time and intensity it can take to bring a novel together. It is an enormous force of will, thousands of hours, incredible support from many  Read More 
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my blog tour for CLAUDE & CAMILLE begins!

Please see links posted a few times a week or daily at EVENTS & BLOG TOUR tab of this site. Today's is Book Browse: THE MYSTICISM AND CRAFT OF HISTORICAL FICTION.
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the first copies of my new novel...

...came to my door yesterday. They are so beautiful I can hardly believe it. It seems like mine and yet separate from me. In one hour I feel I am grasping it against me, and the next hour that I have begun to let it go. How can something with so much love and  Read More 
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Less than four weeks until Claude & Camille is published!

Fortunately I am heavily back into working on my new novel. My mailing list is as complete as I am going to make it for now, I have done almost all my guest blogs, have nine appearances set up and the rest...we will have to see. I once read of an author of  Read More 
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a little less than six weeks to novel debut...

I am afraid my novel-in-progress is suffering a bit from lack of author attention as I am swept away by the excitement of CLAUDE & CAMILLE's debut in the world. However, this is a good time to read other novels. I read Kathleen Grissom's deep and tender novel about an Irish orphan raised with a  Read More 
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the earliest stages of writing a novel

This is a beautiful time, a half-waking dream. I just scribble on my file, my fingers drifting over the keys, taking notes for half formed ideas, glimpsing the back of a female character as she walks in her long skirts down a path. I scribble a half idea for a scene of the first  Read More 
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the exciting two months before publication

I was just telling a friend that it is hard to believe it is less than two years ago that I started the final draft of CLAUDE & CAMILLE which sold six months later. Now almost everyday something else happens in the possibility of a reading or an online review. Everyone at CROWN is wonderful  Read More 
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