I hope you’re enjoying Autumn wherever you are! It’s been beautiful here in Chicago; not too cold yet, but we know it’s coming. And now that Halloween’s over they’re already hanging lights on the trees along Michigan Avenue and the Christkindlmarket is being set up in Daley Plaza; Christmas in Chicago is magical.
While I’m still waiting to see the cover for CALIFORNIA GOLDEN, which will be out in August, I’ve been busy doing all sorts of other necessary professional author things! One of them was having my website totally revamped; it had been several years—right before THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE came out—since I’ve done this. And thanks to the brilliance of Maddee and Riley of xuni.com, it’s absolutely gorgeous!
Please check it out and spend some time on it if you haven’t done so in the past; there are book club pages for each book, as well as an “Experience the Past” page for each novel which has lots of fun information about the people, times and places of my books. And you can always find where I’m going to be appearing on my website, too—if you’re in New Hampshire, check out the Event link to see where I’ll be in your fine state later this month.
I’m about to leave for a research trip for my next novel (after California Golden) and I’m so excited! Solo traveling was something I discovered I loved later in life. I never traveled anywhere by myself until I was about forty-five. I’m proud that I took that step, and now you just can’t stop me. Don’t get me wrong; I love my husband and having adventures with him! But there’s something special about being on your own, doing things only you want to do, and at your own pace. I know I’m so lucky to be able to travel for research, which is something I couldn’t afford back when I first started writing. Make sure to follow me on social media to see pictures of my adventures!
And you can always hear about those adventures after the fact on the podcast I do with my best friend & fellow author, Edward Kelsey Moore.
Take care, enjoy the upcoming holidays—and wish me bon voyage!