Done and dusted!

Good news! Β The first draft of my new novel is DONE!


I sent it off to my editor yesterday, and am now footloose and fancy free for a little while until I have to dive into the revision process.

Well, OK, not really footloose and fancy free. You should see what happened to my desk while I was on deadline.

Messy Desk

Desk? What desk, you ask?

Trust me, there’s a desk under there.Β And you wonder what we writers do when we’re not writing! Β We’re cleaning off our desks! Which for me, means answering the hundreds of letters (emails and snail mail) that have been piling up.


This is how I like to imagine myself answering my letters from fans:

fountain pen writing

Because in my daydreams, I live in Jane Austen’s world.

This is how I REALLY answer my letters from fans:

Typing on a keyboard

So for all of you who have been patiently waiting … and waiting … and waiting to hear back from me …

mailbox vintage

… hang in there — it shouldn’t be too much longer now!


22 thoughts on “Done and dusted!”

  1. Ahhhh!! I can’t wait to read your book! That must be so exciting to get something like that accomplished!

  2. Yay! I can’t wait for the book to come out! Is it the one that has something to do with an owl? Until then, I guess I’ll reread the MDBC and Once Upon A Toad books over, and over, and over… πŸ™‚ Happy desk-cleaning!

  3. That is totally awsome, any hints you can give us about it:). Could you at least give us an estimate on how many pages it is. Your so lucky I can barely get to my drafts middle. Hope you have a happy day cleaning your desk, it me two days to clean mine.:0

    • Will be over 200 pages (at least at this point), and it’s a mystery set in a small town in NH. It’s realistic fiction, like the MDBC books. In fact, my MDBC fans will feel right at home! πŸ™‚

    • Yes! Probably early this fall. I can tell you that the story is a mystery, set in a small town in NH. πŸ™‚

    • It depends on the nature of the book, Serene. Historical fiction, for instance, requires a great deal of research — it took me about 2 years to write “The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed”! The MDBC books had some research — for the fun facts, for instance — but not nearly as much, so generally took me 9-12 months to write. I tend to write about a book a year.

  4. I CAN’T WAIT for your book to be published!!!! I adore your books and I will be counting down the months until Absolutely Truly is in Barnes & Noble. (My favorite store.) I also understand the messy desk thing- I have to clean mine at least once a day!

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