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Journaling – How important is it to the writing process?

Call it what you will: your diary, morning pages—whatever … as long as you write something. Even if you don’t aspire to be an author, doing this helps you track where you’ve been and where you’re going. It reminds you … Continue reading

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The monastery ruins

The ruined monastery featured in Immortal Venus, Monte Malsano, was based on actual ruins located northeast of the town of Bagno a Ripoli, near Florence, Italy. Its history as reported in Immortal Venus is pure fiction. The real ruins, a … Continue reading

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Immortal Venus

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I finally finished my novel, Immortal Venus! It’s a paranormal romance that takes place in Florence, Italy, and the surrounding countryside. Excerpts can be read here. The book should be available by the end of September, or mid-October. It will … Continue reading

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I just enjoyed a beautiful Christmas with granddaughter, Isa. In this excerpt from my novel, my protagonist, Megan, nears the holidays in a very different mood. She’s alone in a strange country and estranged from her husband of 20 years – Excerpt #8:

I return to my work and, ignored, Donatella strolls to the French doors and stares through the rain-streaked panes of glass. I move the saturated brush in one fluid stroke, lifting as I taper it and flick my wrist. The … Continue reading

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Excerpt # 7 – Schiacciata alla Fiorentina – a scene where my protagonist learns about this typical Florentine flatcake (and where you can get the recipe)

The temperature changes again; the earlier chill disappears and the long table at Villa Bella is set anew on the terrace. At lunch I field questions from new yoga students while I nibble the edge of my crostino, toast spread … Continue reading

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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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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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Excerpt #4: The photo is of Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Italy. The Baptistry can be seen at left, Giotto’s Bell Tower at right, and the duomo … Florence’s cathedral … is between them. Megan and friends are urgently crossing the city searching for Jakes.

At Piazza del Duomo we have to wait for traffic. I try to catch my breath as we wait for the light to change. Luca still holds my arm, and I feel him twitch with impatience. Then the pedestrians surge … Continue reading

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