Archives for June 2014

My New Historical Novel: Sweden and WWII



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I’m here on the beautiful Oregon Coast at our cottage on the Nehalem River and finally getting back to my writing after a three month hiatus, with a healing right wrist. It’s better but still painful. Thank goodness for Dragon Dictation software, I can speak into a mic and write, though editing is still necessary.

Walking on the beach today, I could hear my new characters for novel number two speaking to me. I came home and returned to the manuscript I started two years ago, and then put aside, while I finished Under the Salvadoran Sun. Those characters have been waiting a long time “backstage” to begin to play their roles. They will be part of an historical novel, which takes place during WWII and the 1970’s. Sweden, Poland, and Paris will be the locales. Interesting that today is D-Day, the 70th anniversary of that eventful turning point in the war. My protagonist, Lena, is struggling to find out the secret behind her Swedish grandmother’s mysterious behavior (won’t disclose yet).  Her search to understand takes her to Sweden and Poland where she is to learn the truth.  The story will take my readers back to pre-WWII Sweden and Poland. I’ll post a few excerpts from the manuscript as I go along and hopefully, I will have the book finished by the 75th D-Day Anniversary! 

I’m excited to announce I will be going on a “research journey” in September to Prague, Poland, Berlin and Sweden with Kathi Diamant’s “Magical Mystery Literary History Tour.” I met Kathi at the Writer’s Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico this past February when she spoke about her book Kafka’s Last Love. We hit it off immediately and I knew I wanted to jump on board with her tour. It will give me insight into an area of Europe I want to include in the new novel.  So click into my “Adventures with Sher” blog in September and read about my travels in Eastern Europe and Sweden. Until then I will be walking the beach, and writing my next novel with it’s working title: Unpacking the Past. 

Back to my writing desk and sending wishes to my readers for a happy summer. HINT: my novel, Under the Salvadoran Sun makes for good summer reading—on the beach or wherever you may be!