Archives for November 2015

My Next Novel

I can’t believe, I haven’t posted a blog about my writing life for almost a year!  Guess that’s because I’ve not only been very busy traveling (read my latest Adventures with Sher blog, on my recent trip to Switzerland and Italy), but also, doing reseach on my next novel, which takes place in Astoria, Oregon, Paris in the 1980’s and goes back to  WW II in Sweden. The protagonist, Lena, goes in search of family secrets and is shocked to learn why her Swedish Grandmother screamed at night. The working title of my book is Scream and I may use the famous painting by Norwegian artist, Alfred Munch, as my cover. 

Painting The Scream by Munch

I’ll keep you posted as I go along. This month gave me a jumpstart as I joined the NaNoWriMo competition to see if I could write 50,000 words in one month. It’s been quite a challenge, especially since we just returned  to our winter home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and there are so many wonderful distractions here, starting with the Day of the Dead festivities just after our return. 

Wish me luck and stay tuned. I may post a few sample pages of the new novel as we go along. I would greatly appreciate your comments. 

Attention Book Groups: Sample Under the Salvadoran Sun

Do you have a book group?  Looking for an interesting novel to read which relates to current issues like immigration? Here’s a sample from my book, Under the Salvadoran Sun, which I call “a late-in-life love story wrapped around the issue of immigration. The setting is Latin America, specifically post-war El Salvador, and the protagonists are a successful sculptor from Seattle and an engineer from Boston.  It’s  available on Amazon or as an ebook on Kindle in some Northwest bookstores, as well in The Tienda of the Bibliotecha in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where I spend my winters. . I would be happy to talk with your book group via Skype or if you’re in the Northwest, Oregon or Washington or of course, if you have a book group in San Miguel de Allende. I could drive there to meet with your group. There are discussion questions in the back of the book.  Here’s a short sample: 

The Scene is a conversation between the protagonist, Angela and her Salvadoran friend, Adriana, who wants to get to the US to join her husband, an undocumented worker in California. She hopes Angela will help her and has already had a promise from Angela’s lover, Liam, that he will take her. Adriana has just disclosed Liam’s promise and Angela tries to dissuade her: 

Angela went on: “I must tell you I don’t entirely approve of Liam’s promise to you,” said Angela. “It will be very dangerous to cross the border illegally for all of you: Liam, you and Cici. I know how much you want to be with Jorge, but sadly, it’s against our immigration laws. It would be better if you applied for a visa from the Embassy.” Angela knew how naive she was. No one like Adriana, a campesino from the rural countryside, could get a visa to the States now. It took years. In the meantime, families were torn asunder, whole villages disrupted as they became more and more dependent on the remittances sent back from the States, a huge percentage of their country’s gross domestic product. 

“Angela, I’m not afraid. I must join my husband and Cici must have her father back.” Adriana sounded determined, almost defiant.

Read the book to see if Angela changes her mind and helps Adriana.