I’ve been told many times that I should write. I always replied that I didn’t have anything to say, which would sound pretty funny to anyone who knows me. I clearly had plenty to say in “Find a Sweetheart Soon!” the self-help book I wrote for singles when I was a Romance Coach. I still get a little check every three months or so from Amazon, but it is good I don’t depend on the proceeds to eat. The money could, however, finance the best diet I have ever been on.
A couple of years ago, my husband Drew and I started doing writing exercises. About a third of the results morphed into respectable short stories. A few of those stories have been published in online literary journals. You can read them by following the links on the Writing tab.
The work I’m most excited about now came right out of one of those exercises. We used a photo of a man holding a beer with a bus or an RV in the background. I don’t even have what I wrote in that fifteen minutes. But I thought: “There’s more here,” and kept writing. Without intending to, and with no plan for where the story was going or where it would end, I wrote a novel.
“As Good As Gone” is the story of Artie and Carmen, a couple in their forties. Artie and Carmen built a home and farm in frigid northern Maine. Their two kids launched, the couple are stuck but don’t know it. Artie’s boss asks him to drive his gold plated RV to Florida over Christmas. The trip and their resulting disasters and misadventures rattle and shake Artie and Carmen, giving them the unexpected opportunity to do a mid-life course correction, perhaps completely changing the direction of their lives.