Monthly Archives: November 2010

Excerpt #6 – In literature or in art, there’s no quicker way to identify a locality as Tuscany than to describe or depict cypress trees. Their processions seem to lead us back in time and into the paintings of the Renaissance masters. In this excerpt, Megan is upset, and takes a shortcut home.

In no mood to greet anyone, I veer behind the hedge that lines the side yard, and cut across the lawn towards the cypress woods. It’s probably closer to the millhouse if I go this way, anyway, than if I … Continue reading

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5 Ways I’m Like My Protagonist

Some of my protagonist’s story is based on personal experience, so those who’ve read my manuscript and know me have the right to question if this novel is autobiographical. One story incorporated into the novel as Megan Eston’s experience was … Continue reading

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Another Arno River apartment story

Writing about the flood in Florence has brought back a flood of memories. Our stay in 1966 in that apartment along the Arno River was brief, but eventful. On the second day, our landlord asked us to babysit his lion. … Continue reading

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EXCERPT #5: A typical landscape, at dusk. The excerpt describes the view from the point of view of my protagonist, Megan, as she enjoys her morning coffee on the terrace of her bed-and-breakfast.

I take another sip and look around. The terrace is edged by a low wall on which sit huge terracotta vases filled with geraniums. The brilliant red blossoms stand out with vibrant intensity against the dark hedge. Beyond the terrace … Continue reading

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