Happy 2021! I know it’s still going to be a tough year, at least the first half, but there is hope on the horizon. I hope you had a peaceful holiday season. A neighbor asked me how my holidays were, and I was frank. “Rotten, sad, depressing, and I’m glad they’re over.” And that’s the truth. I’m very glad they’re over, and the page is turned.
To a new year! We’re planning a garden, which is a lovely thing to look forward to. We have an area for a sweet little cottage or colonial garden, incorporating our cute shed.
It’s an area that’s been neglected in the last few years, so we have a pretty clean slate. I can’t wait to see it come to fruition with the help of a talented landscape designer.
But of course the main thing I’m looking forward to is the publication ofThe Children's Blizzardin less than a week! I’m thrilled that the novel is an Indie Next Pick for January, a Library Reads choice, was named by Oprah Magazine as one of the most anticipated historical novels of 2021 and was listed as one of the Washington Post’s most recommended books of January.
I’m so proud of this novel. I feel it challenged and pushed me as a writer. And I’d love for you to learn more about the book, how and why I wrote it, how it ties into my own personal heritage. Fortunately, there are many ways for you to find out more! First, the next episode of the podcast I do with Edward Kelsey Moore will be all about the book (and the movie I watched several times as inspiration), so tune in to Who The Hell Are We? wherever you get your podcasts. The new episode will be up sometime before the book is published, so consider subscribing.
And the virtual book tour I’m doing is amazing, featuring an all-star lineup of historical fiction authors who will be chatting with me: Paula McLain, Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn, Elizabeth Letts, Greer Macallister, Marie Benedict and Lisa Scottoline. I know all the conversations will be lively and different; you can find out how to register for any or all of these on my website. You don’t need to leave your home; all you need is a laptop or a phone!
I promised to give away four signed copies of The Children's Blizzard, and I’ve already notified the winners. Once things settle down a bit, I’m sure I’ll do another giveaway through this newsletter.
Phew! What a busy start to the year! Please follow me on social media for all the updates, and stay well, and warm! (Which reminds me; so many people have told me they actually shivered with cold while reading The Children's Blizzard, I suggest you have a warm blanket on hand!)