A New Historical Novel and my first Children's Book in the works
Under Construction: BILTMORE: a novel of the Gilded Age
I'm only about 50 pages in, so put on your hard hat for this early description.... But I can tell you the research has been fascinating and I'm learning so much. Characters are emerging. Palermo, Italy, and and New York City and Best, North Carolina are all starting to take shape. And as with any study of history, it's startling to me how many of the late 19th-century issues of refugees and haves versus have nots parallel modern day struggles.
Here's the Pitch--so far: “Downton Abbey” meets House of Mirth meets The Man from St. Petersburg meets today's New York Times
Rich with the details of Gilded Age excess, social turmoil and political battles over the latest wave of immigrants—the “huddled masses” welcomed by the new Statue of Liberty’s inscription but reviled by many cultural leaders as dangerous—BILTMORE encapsulates all the best, worst and most fascinating of late 19th-America.
Stay tuned for more, and thanks for your interest!
And on an entirely different front... the announcement of my FIRST CHILDREN'S BOOK!
The illustrator hasn't been hired yet and the contract not yet signed, but a wonderful publisher has asked to acquire my first children's picture book, which is targeted for families with adopted children--like mine. When my youngest child, adopted from China, was little, we struggled to find books that celebrated her arrival in our family in a way equally as exciting as my biological kids--and not using images of a hospital or a mother's bulging tummy or how much a baby looked like the daddy. If you or someone you love has been blessed by the gift of adoption, please stay tuned for more details. Publication date is September 2019, but illustrations and teasers will be released along the way. Details coming soon!