"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Monday, July 27, 2015

Back on the Blog

Yes, it has been quite a long time away from this blog. After the launch of A Pledge of Better Times I was extremely busy with book promotion and a blog tour that lasted about 3 weeks--great fun, but so time-consuming!

As well, I participated in several book signings:

In late June into July, I attended the triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church as a deputy representing my diocese. I was in Salt Lake City for 13 days! I was chairing a committee, and the entire experience was rewarding and inspiring. It was also the 230th Anniversary of the House of Deputies, which was celebrated with great enthusiasm! And the next Presiding Bishop of the church was elected.

When at home, I have been thoroughly enjoying my gardens--when I tend the roses and perennials that grew in the 17th century, I think of Diana de Vere and Queen Mary, and their mutual love of flowers.


I've been thrilled with reviews for A Pledge of Better Times, most recently the one in Publishers Weekly. You can read it here.

Between now and my next UK trip, I shall be finishing a novel (I hope) that is a bit of a departure for me, before resuming my next historical biographical novel. I'm spending plenty of time at the lake cottage with the dogs and the hummingbirds, writing.

I hope you are having a pleasant summer as well!