It’s shaping up to be a very busy month. I am involved with an eight- session Writers’ Workshop and I am looking forward to meeting readers at London’s Wordfest celebration on Saturday, November 7. In addition, I have two visits to nearby Retirement Residences this month. Seniors were some of my first supporters when I began to sell my books and I try to ‘pay it forward’ by encouraging women in particular to record their lives for their families.
We all have so much to contribute. Like many others I have questions that need answered but my mother has now gone and cannot answer them. How I wish she had written down her memories when she was younger before macular degeneration stole her ability to write and read.
For those of you who have ventured onto an imaginary cruise ship via my novel, Sea Changes, you will be pleased to know I have started a third book in that series (Seafarers). It is mainly about Gwen Harrison, the older of the two sisters, but, as often happens, another and very different story is competing for space. You see, at the end of Sea Tides Gwen uncovers an old journal believed to belong to one of Victor’s ancestors. It is the story of the writer of the journal that is very intense and quite unexpected in style and content.
Am I worried about the juxtaposition? Not at all! It is a great challenge to switch styles and imagine a significant English historical period. So far it is going well. I will continue writing the new book Gwen’s Gentlemen this winter. Watch for more news about its progress.