Saturday, December 12, 2009

Page Readers Interview

To hear my recorded December 7 interview on Page Readers (Blog Talk Radio) go here

I had a good time talking with Nanci Arvisu about my books and writing in general.

Good news from the publisher: Orchard House Press tells me that The Door in the Sky is at the top of the queue for layout. I'm not sure what that translates to as far as a projected publishing date, as editor and almost-everything-else Cris is treading water as fast as she can just to keep up with day-to-day operations. But I'm confidant that they'll continue to keep their heads above water and sufficient distance ahead of the sharks, and eventually things will get better.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Book

I've finished writing book four of the Hall of Doors series. It's tentatively called The Secret Door. In this one, Sammy and her mother are going to move away from the house where Sammy has lived most of her life, away from the place from which she (with the help of the cats) has been able to "climb a moonbeam" to Princess Selena's castle. Naturally, she's upset. But Peaches the cat takes her up the moonbeam path for another adventure.

I won't give you all the details, but the story includes unicorns, as requested by granddaughter Maggie. It also includes the "wild and dangerous teddy bears" she wanted, except that these are more like bandit koalas. I did have to pass on the space aliens--I couldn't see any way to work them in:) There are some tense moments, but Sammy makes it safely home again with the possibility that she may be able to return.

For a brief synopsis of the first three books of the series, see my website at

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Catching Up

Looking over my old posts, which are few and far between, I see I left out a lot of important stuff. I had mentioned Joyce, my Chinese daughter-in-law-to-be. I'm happy to report that she FINALLY (!!) got her visa in June. She and Jeff were married on the fourth of July.

Later that month, brother Richard and I traveled to Colorado to visit my daughter Sarah and family. They recently moved from Fairbanks, AK to Fort Collins, CO. We got to help out a little while Sarah was in the hospital giving birth to Winter Rose.

Also in July, Anita Donihue and I finished editing our "Bless This Home" book and sent it off to the first publisher on our list. No response yet--I'm hoping no news is good news. Anita went on to work on another book, and I've been copy-editing for her.

September included a "visiting author" appearance at Oakville Library, as well as a Christian women's retreat in Easton, WA.

In between I tended the garden, and gave away or processed for storage a lot of food. Lots of peas and green beans went in the freezer. We were blessed with an abundance of tomatoes, which I finally picked green and brought inside to finish ripening. The cupboard is full of canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato jam, and dried tomatoes. Love that dehydrator. We'll eat well this winter.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Author Interview

Tomorrow, November 13, I'll be featured in an author interview on Hank Quense's blog.
Hank has a couple of books to his credit as well as many short stories, and also writes articles on writing. Feel free to pass this on to as many people as possible.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Starting over

I really intended to keep up this blog, but there were always other things clamoring for attention. So I'm starting over, and will endeavor to do better.

Today I updated the home page of my writing web site and followed up with announcements on Facebook, Myspace, and LiveJournal. I think I could easily spend all my time communicating and not get anything else done. How do people manage? Maybe they think and type faster than I do.

I'm looking for suggestion on jazzing up all my sites, the better to publicize my books. Suggestions would be welcome, keeping in mind that I'm not a teenager and feel a bit intimidated by modern communication methods. I want a family-friendly site that will attract more kids and their parents.

The latest news on books: The Door in the Sky should be out next month, The Mirror Door is at the publishers, and book four in The Hall of Doors series is underway. Anita and I finished the "Bless This Home" book and we're starting to look for a publisher.