Today I learned the disappointing news that for various reasons, Horse Thief 1898 won't be ready for another two or three weeks--not in time for the St Davids Writers Conference. I'll let you know once I know!! Meanwhile, I have three chapters to go to complete the rough draft of Book II of the Cally … Continue reading Hello friends,
If you're receiving this blog post, I assume you like historical fiction. But not everyone does. I find this article helpful in considering the legitimacy of historical fiction, from a historical point of view (thank you, Karen!). You'll find a reference in Horse Thief 1898 to a book, Orphan Train, by one of the article's … Continue reading Questioning the value of historical fiction
Horse Thief 1898 is becoming a reality!!!! My publisher, EABooks, just sent me the cover image and I confess, seeing it made me feel a bit emotional, after so many years working on this book! The launch will be in AUGUST. I'll let you know the date and more details when I figure it out. … Continue reading Exciting news, friends!
So, on our vacation in January I spent time researching companies that help with self-publishing, and ran across a publishing company that accepts manuscripts directly, without an agent. They are a marketing firm but decided to publish books. I couldn't believe what I read, acknowledging that writing and marketing are two different skill sets; they … Continue reading Publishing can be complicated
Wow, I didn't realize it's been so long since I posted here. I've been focused on writing Treasure Hunt 1904, Book Two of the Cally and Charlie series. It's quite a different book from Horse Thief 1898. Treasure Hunt 1904 takes place from April to August of 1904, mostly in southern Idaho, and involves (of … Continue reading Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!
I'm asking because people have reacted two opposite ways, but I can only publish one version. Literary agents have universally told me to take them out. They say people don't like anything that slows down their reading. So I've removed about 200 Irish words and expressions, but I feel a little bit sad. I think … Continue reading What do you think about the Irish words and expressions in Horse Thief 1898?
Scott has been on my mind virtually every day, through a family wedding, a sibling retreat, and a series of other events. I've been determined to publish this review of Scott Joplin's life before I travel again next week, and finally, today, it has happened! Yay!
So, the issue with Scott Joplin that's had me stumped is whether or not he performed at the Chicago World's Fair (the "Columbian Exposition") in 1893 and if so, in what capacity. Everyone agrees he was in Chicago at the time of the Fair, and that it was life-changing for him, in part because he … Continue reading Not even the experts agree
I thought I was ready to write about Scott Joplin, but I'm not. I learned something new which made me question other things. I just brought home seven books from the library, and hope to figure this out by next week! Until then, Debra
Shutterstock: spatuletail In Horse Thief 1898, 25-year-old Scott Joplin befriends 14-year-old Charlie at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, where they are both performing. Charlie is intrigued by ragtime, which he has never heard before. Even more, he is delighted by the brief friendship they share, which helps him understand how lonely he has been and … Continue reading Scott Joplin 1868-1917