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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 Mother's Day gift. I have managed to make out a few of the fine reviews of the Italian translation of the novel, just released. E-mails from friends and strangers have been a real gift.

In the midst of this, I got a chance to speak before a performance of "Twelfth Night" performed by Shakespeare's Sisters, the subject being my love of Shakespeare. I was glad to get away into another world. Novelists today have gone from being lonely souls shut away from the world for years; now we can bite ours nails over e-mails downloaded every few minutes. My son Jesse suggested I shut off my computer for a day. I may try half a day to quiet myself down a little.

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