I haven’t been able to sit down long enough for any writing, promotion, marketing, writing life currency since real life threw several obstacles in the way.
Maria Savva read my first ebook, Sandcastle and Other Stories, back in October, and asked me if I’d like to be interviewed for her blog, which is a wonderful writing and author blog. I said, “I’d love to.” Then my world tilted into sadness.
Even if life gets crazy busy, I don’t like agreeing to do something and then never deliver — who does? Maria Savva is a prolific author, and I was a bit nervous to accept being interviewed since I only have the one title, while she’s published many, many more novels — and I have added them all to my to-be-read stack. I am currently reading and loving her latest suspense novel, Haunted, and it’s a corker (click title to buy the book at Amazon). Haunted is the story of a man who resorts to murder in an escalating fit of pique, and the narrative centers on the guilt such a murderer would feel; already, Haunted reminds me of the granddaddy of all Guilty Conscience books, Crime and Punishment, a book I’ve read at least three times.
I thank Maria for her patience and understanding. It took me until a couple days before the Christmas holiday to sit down for Maria’s wonderful interview, and here’s why: To begin with, this has been one of the worst years of my life, which included the recent death of the family patriarch on Halloween. Last May, elder abuse and extortion allegations against a family member, who was supposed to be looking after our father, came to light. The family sadness was discovered on the very same day I hit the publish button for Sandcastle and Other Stories — I’m currently going through the estate followup puzzle (now overly complicated), along with the necessary sale of my home (since my name wasn’t on the deed for the house, I was considered a Homesteader, and I love that); all the packing and moving ended on Christmas Eve. It’s a good thing Zippy and Kipling are such positive pooches . . . the strange twist of fate being that on the creative writing side, it’s been the best year. Sandcastle and Other Stories found the eye of a great Washington State publisher, Green Darner Press, whose goal is to highlight the work of Pacific Northwest authors in the Fiction and YA Fiction genres.
Anyway, to read the wonderful interview, and find out when you can get a Green Darner Press publisher print copy of Sandcastle and Other Stories, click here on Maria’s Interview. Please share this news with all of your reading friends. The new Green Darner Press version is beautiful and playful.
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