Writing in Place

My stories draw upon our legendary Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow but I took off on Amtrak to visit Niagara Falls and found myself writing to the rhythm of the rails. This was a unique experience.

It will play into Blooded In Sleepy Hollow when Kick, the mother of the missing child, goes to Pawling to be alone in a cabin near Green Mountain Lake. Crosby, who is Sweetie in the book, stayed home.

The Writing Life

This morning brought conversations on Facebook about hybrid vanity press company Austen McCauley. They get a bad press so there is nothing for them to be vain about, but I wanted the respondent to be real. Some authors were arguing pro Amazon and other pro Austen McCauley.

I asked the company's rep, why do you send fat contracts from London to Tarrytown, NY, when you have a New York office? The thread ended but I trust they will be back. Authors feel ensnared I argued. Be upfront. We'll see.

Being Kick Groves

I arrived by train in Pawling this
Monday for an annual pilgrimage.
I often think of coming back in fall and sometimes do. So I got off the train as Jeannie Michael and started to note any changes made in the town over the year.

Then it hits me I have come with a new purpose. My fictional protagonist, Kick Groves, will come here for a personal retreat after her child goes missing. I started seeing it through Kick's eyes.

She is Catholic, has her cheerleader figure at age 36, ponytail and works at home for a language school. She remembers, previous visits of course, and takes refuge in St. John's Church. The door is blessedly unlocked. Two elderly people are praying, one at the front, the other at the back.

Kick prays, heads out into the sunshine where she wants the large statue of Mary to come to life to hold her in her arms.

Speaking in Tongues

  • IMG_1064I have two novels going, Harry Childers, and Bloodied in Sleepy Hollow.  The protagonist’s best friend
  • tells the tale in the first one but the second one has four narrators: a mother, a father, a detective and the little sister.
  • Each narrator has to have their own distinctive voice.  I may have to have Harry Childers tell the end of his story in a journal or letter so that would make six voices.  Challenging.
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Rabies & Amphetamines

Many challenges in updating the tale of Childe Burun/Harold/Byron closing in.  What to do with Harold recklessly wiping the slaver off Boatswain the dog when it got rabies? There hasn’t been a case of rabies in the U.K. since 1922.

Harold/Byron goes from being a fat, lame boy to a slender, beautiful young man with a rolling gait, by eating 1/2 pound of meat a day with some wine, mostly water and wearing great coat and 3 layers of waistcoats while playing cricket.  Today he would probably use uppers.

This is not your father’s Childe.