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

On the road with still more readings

I wonder if I should subtitle this "HAVE LAPTOP, WILL TRAVEL." This week I had a chance to read from Claude & Camille with my power point presentation at two more wonderful libraries. Tuesday I was at Commack in Long Island; I pulled my suitcase through many puddles and waited for connecting trains under my red umbrella, but in spite of the weather we had a lovely audience. Thursday I was at the Warren Township Library New Jersey where the congenial program director drove me back and forth to the train. The near-half moon  Read More 
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<b>Guest Post: a novel in poetry about Shakespeare's theater days </b>

Michelle Cameron’s book In the Shadow of the Globe is exquisite and unusual – a historical novel told in poems centering around the real man Shakespeare in his journey from a struggling sensual playwright in London 1593 to a writer growing old. The poems, which are immediate and highly accessible, tell the story of Shakespeare’s acting fellows as well in this little theater world of the Globe which is now beyond famous. The main thread of the story are the poems from the point of view of Mary Burbage, a member of the great Burbage acting family, who watches and loves Shakespeare but can never tell him.

Michelle, what was the inspiration for this novel?

First of all, thanks, Stephanie, for letting me revisit my “labor of love!”  Read More 
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On tour for CLAUDE & CAMILLE

me (the smallest one) with part of the audience
The West Hampton Long Island Library was my latest stop on my continuing little tour of my novel with the marvelous PowerPoint presentation created by my husband. The screen was large and lovely; the pictures are of Claude at 25 and a thoughtful portrait of Camille by their friend Auguste Renoir. My grateful thanks to  Read More 
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Autumn is slowly coming to New York City!

Central Park will look like this towards the end of October or early November. Imagine walking through those leaves!
Oh joy! autumn and spring are my favorite times here. I will get a chance to see autumn outside the city too with my several readings in Long Island, New Jersey and one in the gorgeous Berkshires at the Clark Museum! The other day, my older son and I walked over the Brooklyn  Read More 
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Hurricanes and revisions!

pre-hurricane clouds hover over lower Manhattan
I have been rushing forward with great inspiration on revisions for the new novel over the past several days but I am afraid the hurricane coming towards NYC somewhat diverted my attention this weekend! It was the tremendous feeling of not knowing what would come. Last night I went out briefly hoping to get  Read More 
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back from an extraordinary trip to Italy!

Giotto's Kiss of Judas from the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova
I have been away at an extraordinary trip to Italy, traveling with the West Village Chorale who joined forces with a 60-voice children's choir and an orchestra to sing Mozart's REQUIEM in churches in Venice, Verona and at a villa created by Palladio in Vicenza. I made notes and notes for novels and in  Read More 
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a few thoughts about how I write

A dear friend, the writer Susan Dormady Eisenberg, was asking me about my particular techniques of novel writing and I hadn't thought about it much so decided to post it here.

I never pre-plot. I start with a character or two I can love and a place and time which interests me.  Read More 
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a book club appearance and a walk in the park

I am the one in Monet blue surrounded by the book club members!
I have had several readings of CLAUDE & CAMILLE with my powerpoint presentation lately, and last night I met with a book club in a French cafe in Pleasantville. What a lovely group of people!

Others news from the book front is that people tell me they see the novel in bookstores everywhere, including airports,  Read More 
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A guest blog from my friend Laurel Corona about FINDING EMILIE.

Normally novelists struggle to find people to write blurbs for the back covers of their books but when I heard through the grapevine about Laurel's first novel, I e-mailed her agent and said, "I must read this novel and blurb it!" And so here we are a few years later and Laurel is my  Read More 
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The Fiction Writers' Co-Op

I simply must introduce you to this marvelous group of 51 novelists who have banded together to help each other with every kind of writing and publicity challenge. We came together by invitation of the gifted Cathy Buchanan (The Day the Falls Stood Still). The link to a list of some of the writers' novels  Read More 
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