A new bridge to my world

Nissitissit Bridge in Brookline, New Hampshire

Covered bridges are magical, aren’t they? A throwback to a time when horse and wagons clip-clopped over their wooden floorboards and the voices of people long gone echoed in their rafters, they’re a bit of an endangered species. Here in New England, you can still find them tucked away on country roads, though, and this past weekend my husband and I did just that on a quick day trip.

After a refreshing hike through a quiet forest, we spotted this covered bridge on the way to our picnic destination. Of course we had to pull over! (I need a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for covered bridges!”) Truly Lovejoy would love this, I thought, as I got out of the car to explore. The heroine of my Pumpkin Falls mysteries lives in a fictional town in New Hampshire that boasts a covered bridge a bit like this one.

We walked through it, of course — you can’t visit a covered bridge and NOT walk through it! And I got to thinking about bridges in general, and how they carry us from one spot to another. And that got me thinking about this website, which in a sense is a bridge from your world into mine. 

You may notice that my “bridge” looks a little different these days! This website has had a refresh, thanks to my talented friends at Winding Oak. We’ll also be refreshing my official Facebook page while we’re at it. What has been the “Mother-Daughter Book Club” page will soon be “Heather Vogel Frederick’s Books.” Stay tuned!

Some things never get old

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Three!

My author copies arrived this week — always a banner day! This means I finally get to share my new “baby” with family and close friends. And place a copy where I can look at it often, like any proud mama.

For authors, books really are our babies. We pour our hearts and souls into them, and then send them out into the world to make their own way and find their own readers. I hope some of my books, including this one, find you and make their way into your heart!

 

 

Catching up

Hi there! Remember me? Oh my, what a whirlwind spring and summer I’ve had! I’ve been writing writing writing, mostly. I’m working on a new Pumpkin Falls mystery featuring the one and only Truly Lovejoy. Anyway, I spent the past week on a “staycation” from my day job, coffee-shop-hopping around Boston with my laptop in search of the perfect writing spot. I love writing in coffee shops! It’s a nice change from working at home alone. Anyway, I thought I’d share my favorite spots for decaf mochas, my current motivator of choice.

The winner is …


BURDICK’S!  Oh my goodness. I knew their hot chocolate was a winner, but the mochas? Swoon. Unbelievably rich, with just the right balance of chocolate and coffee. I love the fact, too, that this outpost is just a few blocks from the Boston Public Library, which is one of my favorite writing haunts.

Coming in at second place is Tatte (rhymes with “latte”), which is like a little slice of Paris here in Beantown.

Seriously – I dare you to resist something this gorgeously creamy! And they have amazing baked goods which I try hard to resist but usually can’t. Fortunately, they offer teeny tiny cookies at the checkout (so smart of them), so I can indulge in a wee treat without ending up not fitting into my pants.

(And yes, there is a mermaid on my laptop screen — I use Scrivener, which let’s you customize the “Composition mode” backdrop. There’s a mermaid element in my new book….)

In third place is Athan’s.

A European-style bakery with delectable hot chocolate and very good mochas. I like the casual buzz, too. You can often find me here.

Finally, a newly-opened neighborhood hangout: Cafe Landwer.

It’s been around since 1919 (not in my neighborhood), and in fact my favorite drink on their menu right now is a tea called “Berlin 1919” — Berlin, Germany, is where the cafe has its roots. It’s served with cinnamon and lemongrass and mint and a slice of orange and is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! BUT there is something on the menu that is also calling my name and which I intend to try very soon: NUTELLA LATTE.

Are you kidding me?

Sign me up. I’ve been resisting (see: importance of fitting in pants, above), but I have a feeling I’m going to cave this weekend. I’ll check back in and let you know how it was…

What are your favorite places to write? Or read, or daydream, or draw, or whatever it is you love to do?