I got back from a trip to Denver on Saturday and ended up with tonsillitis and likely the flu. Despite that, I am still working on Ethel. She really wants her story told! I've been enjoying reading through and looking at all the documents I've collected. My cousin and I took a trip to England and few years ago to research Ethel. I met her great granddaughter, Elizabeth. She was a caterer and treated us to some amazing food and gin and tonics. I told her what I learned about her family and she shared some fun and interesting tidbits. Her photos were awesome. I reached out to her today and now I really am inspired, despite being sick. This is an illustration of Ethel from 1898.
It's odd being an author in the respect that you never know when and where your next book idea will come from. I often find my stories while I'm researching another. Back in 2008 I was working on a book about Victorian women in the Wild West and came across an 1886 book by a woman only known as E.M.H. That book has led me on a journey to tell her story about coming to America as a rich English socialite. Ethel grabbed my attention back then, but then other books were pushed to the front of the deadline pile. Truth be told, I was offered contracts for other books, where I had none with Ethel. However, I believe things happen when they are supposed to, and now it's Ethel's time. I still have no contract for her yet, but I've evolved as a writer since I first began in 1997, and think it's the right time for [...]
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but with the creation of my new website, I’ve decided to start up again. No promises on how often it will be, but my goal is once a week. I’ve pushed so hard over the last few months to meet multiple deadlines so I’m taking the rest of the year off! Well, okay, that’s what? 44 days? I do still have a magazine column for True West due December 7, so not completely off. Oh yeah, did I mention I still have to find photos for my California Madam book by the end of November? Wait, did I say I was taking off? I also want to start working on my next book called, Love, Lies, and Loss Across Two Continents, which is a narrative non-fiction. So that’s my first blog, but hopefully not my last.