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

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 twenty-one years ago under our beloved Madeleine L'Engle had a reunion in the monastery where a lot of us had spent time with her. I felt her presence walking down the hall as if she walked beside me. Dear friends flew or drove in from Seattle, Savannah and etc. and others who could not come joined us on Monday in the city. Among them were Katherine Kirkpatrick (SNOW BABY,etc), Judith Lindbergh (THE THRALL's TALE), Elsa Rael (WHEN ZAYDEH DANCED ON ELDRIDGE STREET),Jane Gardner (HENRY MOORE) Andrea Simon (BASHERT), Sally Whitehead (THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE), Sanna Stanley (MONKEY SUNDAY, etc.!) plus several authors of WIP soon to be published. None of us were published when we first met!

Drama broke into writerly things when my husband called to say he had broken his arm. He does not need surgery, thank heavens! Just a sling, lots of ice, and several weeks of discomfort. So between intense work on my new book and all this, it has been quite a full week.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer and are not too hot!
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