Let's Talk About Writing
I had a piece published in Political Animal Magazine, which is a teaser for my next novel-in-progress. You can read the article here:
Check out these articles:
"I Am a Writer When I am Writing" in Women Writers, Women's Books. This piece was inspired by the concept “Accept being unimportant.” words by Lao Tsu in the Tao te Ching
"Efficient Waiting" in Writer's Digest. This piece extols the virtues of letting a work-in-progress rest to gain objectivity.
I'm getting ready for my book birthday next month, and I never anticipated all the NEW writing that getting a novel out into the universe would entail: Author Q&A, Book Club Questions to prepare, article ideas to pitch, and getting that darn book description down to 150 words. Whew!
But honestly, I've loved it.
And behind the scenes, I have also been working on my next story, that I referred to in the article linked above.
In hopes of landing an agent, I have completed a book proposal for my creative nonfiction work: Scapegoat: How a Prison Guard Starts on One Side of the Bars and Ends Up on the Other.
“Scapegoat” is about the life of Gene Palmer, who was charged and incarcerated for aiding the escape of two murderers from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015. The story made international news at that time. Gene was the main corrections officer portrayed in the Showtime series “Escape at Dannemora” that was directed by Ben Stiller and based on this event. Gene was not interviewed for Showtime’s seven-part series or any other media portrayal of the break, and is eager to talk about the systemic problems he experienced both within the New York State Department of Corrections and Clinton Correctional Facility. Gene Palmer also happens to be my brother-in-law, and is actively working with me to tell his version of events for the first time.
This past spring had the honor of speaking at the Newburyport Literary Festival. I also went to the amazing Muse and the Marketplace in Boston and joined the Newburyport Writer's Group. They all have one huge thing in common--I have been inspired, uplifted and supported by all of the other wonderful writers I have met. What a community! I am so grateful.
What are you working on?