I’ve been told many times that I should write. I used to reply I didn’t have anything to say, which sounded pretty funny to anyone who knew 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 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 few 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.
My first novel 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 those 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 book.
“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 two 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.
Novel #2 came right out of “As Good As Gone.” A minor character- Myrna, a larger than life truck driver- was too good to forget. She now stars in her own story, and what a story it is! I’m still in the revising stage, so stay tuned.