How I’m Spending my Time

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I admit, I’m terrible at balancing my time between writing and doing all of the other things an author needs to do! Such as…keeping the website current, marketing, and effectively utilizing social media. One thing I am good at is reading! Seriously, I believe reading does help my writing.

So, here’s my excuse for not doing all of the business-related tasks associated with writing: I’ve been working on another book – The Archer’s Mark. I’m doing my best to write every day, which is great because I enjoy spending time with these characters. This story centers around a young anthropologist who is navigating the Coronavirus pandemic while also dealing with her husband’s sudden death, a recent move from London to a small town in the Texas Hill Country, and her natural inclination towards introversion. To make matters worse, she becomes the target of hateful attacks on social media, which escalates to the point of putting her in harm’s way.

As with all of my books, this story celebrates the power of the connections we humans make with each other, as well as with our four-legged friends. And of course, I can’t help myself – a Springsteen reference is included, just for fun!

I’m not sure when The Archer’s Mark will be published, but I’ll keep you posted!

What Are You Reading?

Do you keep track of what you’ve read on Goodreads, like I do? Do you reach out to fellow readers on Goodreads? If so, I’d love to connect there with you and hear about your recent favorites! I also have a Goodreads author’s profile. I’m currently reading two books: Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America by Karine Jean-Pierre and 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster. Over the past few weeks, I’ve read some amazing books. A few favorites: All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny, The Rent Collector by Camron Wright, In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn, and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

I’m Listening

A couple of days ago, I posted a request that black Americans share book recommendations with me, in my effort to better educate myself about their experience. Since then, I’ve read articles by black women, pointing out in so many words that white people can do their own damned research and they’ve already got enough to deal with right now without having to spend time educating us, thank you very much. So, basically, it’s MY responsibility, not theirs. And they’re right. I apologize for any insensitivity I displayed. I now plan to make a concerted effort to find reading material that will teach me more about the American experience from an African American’s perspective. I do want to learn, and contribute however I can to a more equal, just, and loving country. All my life, I have found solace and knowledge in the words of others, so reading is my way of initiating a better understanding on my part. I’ll let you know how it goes.