New Inspiration Leads to New Writing

My writing practice has taken a long hiatus due to travels in Prague, Krakow, Berlin and Sweden in 2014 and Italy in 2015. In the fall of 2016 I put aside my WW II novel, which takes place in Sweden and Poland, and decided to first start the sequel for Under the Salvadoran Sun. Why a sequel?  Two reasons: several of my readers asked for one and two, I realized it might help create more interest and sales of Under the Salvadoran Sun

The inspiration to write more on the issue of immigration comes out of my despair over the current political environment and the negative language from last year’s US election cycle. US immigration policies need reform and that will only happen with enough people demanding more fair treatment and recognition of what the Latino population brings, like immigrants of the past, to the rich texture of our society. 

Equally inspiring me is a project I’ve started in my adopted home of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Last year the growing number of deportations from the US plus the increasing number of “refugees” fleeing violence in Central America, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, concerned me. I gave a talk for a large group of people and many approached me to be on my mailing list. I started occasionally sending out articles about these refugees and deportees. People shared their desire “to do something,” to help those who are seeking new and better lives. What came from that has become a grassroots organization we call the RR Group. We are working directly with a safe house in a neighboring community. 

These actions would make my fictional character, Angela, proud. I hope you will stay tuned for more about how Angela resolves her grief and gets involved in immigration reform plus uncovers a story of corruption and mayhem. I will try occasionally to post excerpts from the new novel. Stay tuned. 


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. 

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!