If you would have asked me when I sat down to scribble Love on the Back Burner that I would be talking about my third novel, I would have told you that you were crazy. But, here I am publishing my third novel. Not only that…I have folks asking when the fourth one will come out. Yikes! Let’s just think about this one! I have learned so much about the craft of writing in pursuing these novels. In addition, I have met so many wonderful people at book events and visiting book clubs. Thanks to all who continue to be a part of my journey!
I am so excited to have been invited as featured writer at the author’s forum during the annual WV Italian Heritage Festival during Labor Day. The Festival celebrates the best of Italian culture for those of us who immigrated or are descendants of immigrants from Italy. My late immigrant parents would be thrilled to see their little girl honored for my scribbling efforts. I’m happy to share my currently published works — and preview my upcoming release Passports and Plum Blossoms: An International Romantic Comedy. If you are in Clarksburg, WV on Labor Day, stop by the historic Waldamore on Sunday at 2:15 for a visit!
Last year when I released my debut novel Love on the Back Burner and began a series of book signings and book club appearances I noticed a pattern of questions. Some examples:
- Are any of the characters based on people in your real life? (Yes. Nonna Teresa is totally based on my mother.)
- Do you outline the book at first or just write as you go? (I do an overall outline, but occasionally let the characters take me where they want to go.)
- What advice to you give to aspiring writers? (READ! Read everything you can. It will make you a much better writer.)
The one that came up that pleasantly surprised me yet scared me a little at the same time was “When will the next book be out?”
While I humbly appreciated the fact that people liked the book, I felt the pressure that – omigosh, they wanted ANOTHER one.
I took a deep breath and realized that this was no fluke. People identify me as an author.
I sat at my desk (and on my deck, and at the coffee shop…) and completed the outline for the sequel. I did all the things I did for the first one and prepared to follow the same pattern and dug in, then had a tiny setback.
Omentitis? Whoever heard of omentitis? Well I’m an expert in it now! One surgery to remove my omentum, two weeks in the hospital, four weeks confined to bed, but not in any shape to write.
Ok…back to the book.
Oh. Another setback. On a follow-up CT scan, the doctor found a spot on my lung.
Surgery, hospital…you get the drift.
Finally…back to the book.
Love on the Lido Deck: A Nautical Romantic Comedy (Scolapasta Press) is now available on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes.com, Smashwords. Your local bookstore can also order it for you through Ingram.
To all who waited for it. Thanks for believing in me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
(Oh…and before you ask. I’m already researching and writing a new one with new characters and a new storyline.)