Friday, April 30, 2010
Hello to writers and readers alike. I’m a new Five Star author, and am delighted to be in the company of such great talent. By way of an introduction, I’ll tell you first that I am one of possibly two native Floridians. (Just kidding, but there aren’t many of us.) In my other life, I taught music, and later English and math to high school kids. That’s where I learned to keep dialogue going and never to slip into passive voice, because their eyes would glaze over.
I took early retirement and began to do some serious writing. My poetry won contests and some was published. Then I decided I wanted to write a book about Florida. I traveled over the state, interviewing people for a book, which would be called Haunt Hunter’s Guide to Florida. It was published by Pineapple Press, a Florida press that specializes in regional books. Last year my medieval historical, Jeanne of Clairmonde, came out, and in October my Five Star book, The Tapestry Shop, will be released. I received the cover last week and I love it, although the colors made me go running to my web designer for a new front page so it wouldn’t clash.
My agent and I decided to part company, so I’m on “the great agent hunt” again. At the Pikes Peak conference this past weekend, I pitched a historical set in Renaissance Venice. The agent requested it, so we’ll see how that goes.
Oh yes, congratulations to Stacy Taylor for winning the jewelry set. I’ll be offering some more glass jewelry later, and the other bloggers have a great line-up of giveaways in store, so I hope our readers will check back often and give Lady Luck a chance.