Welcome to the first posting on my Website! I promise to do my best to keep up in a timely way, but please forgive an occasional lapse when things get hectic. Your emails are important to me and I read every one of them. I'm hoping to use this blog to interact with readers, answer questions and have fun talking about books, writing and anything else that comes up.
Several people have already told me that they've wanted to write, but that they either couldn't get it together or that they'd begun a project and never finished. I've always written as a form of relaxation, but when I decided to make a real commitment to my writing, the first serious step was claiming a small space in the house as my own. (I once read that Stephen King wrote in the laundry room when his kids were young.) Yes, you can write anywhere, but for those of you who have a story to tell, don't underestimate the importance of this small, first step to help you focus. You need a sacred space.
I love stories and movies that take me into worlds I've never known or could experience in my lifetime. One of my favorite writers is the Danish writer, Isak Dinesen, and in the movie "Out of Africa," she is played by Meryl Streep. One night at dinner, the Robert Redford character says: "We should have a story now."
Meryl Streep tells him that when she tells stories to her nieces they always provide the opening sentence.
Robert Redford begin: "There was a wandering Chinese named Chang Wan...and a girl named Shirley."
Meryl Streep picks it up: "who spoke perfect Chinese which she learned from her missionary parents. Chang Wan lived alone in a room on Formose Street above the Blue Lantern, and he sat at his window and in his poor, listening heart strange echoes of his home country..."
I pictured a mysterious narrow lane blooming with pink Formosa azaleas and the solitary Chang Wan and this American girl, and I immediately began to imagine my own additionto the story. Ahh, the power of words.
My hope is that THE BACHELOR FARMERS will take you into a new world, too. If you've read the book and enjoyed it, please tell a friend - and don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you.