January 1, 1970NOTE: my email address is not AOL as might have been implied in the previous mailing. It's now Sararath@charter.net. (sigh -- so many details!)
Okay, I'm finally figuring out how this works. I just discovered I have a bunch of wonderful people who've subscribed to my Newsletter...but I've never sent you anything. So, here goes.
Right now I've finished (really finished) the first complete draft of my new novel, TRESPASS. I fiddled around with it after I said I had it finished in late April to fill the black holes where I still had to write some scenes. Now I have that all done and ready to send off to my editor at UW-Press, Raphael Kadushin, plus a few readers I've asked to go over and critique the first draft. I hope my readers will be able to get into this story. It's in first-person, so I suppose it sounds like me. But the heroine, Nell Grendon, gets all mixed up in spiritualism and mediumship and a deceiving spirit named Angella Wing who causes all kinds of problems. My interest in this subject goes way back to the publication of my short story for The Arkham Collector, "The Crest of Satan." That must've been in the late 1960s. I can't be that old!
I'm also working on a proposal for a revised edition of "Pioneer Photographer," the biography of Henry Hamilton Bennett -- the Wis. Historical Society depended on my original book for their replication of his original studio which is now one of their official sites.
Of course, I always want to be one step ahead of what I'm doing. I plan on spendiing some time this summer finding a publisher for "Solitarie," the biography of Achsa Sprague. And I have a title for a third novel, "Thunder Snow" but the story itself is kind of sketchy. If you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know! I'd sort of like to return to the northwoods again.
In reality, I really DO want to return to the northwoods again! I hope we'll spend several weeks at the family cabin up near Mercer this summer. There's no indoor plumbing or electricity but there's a screened-in front porch with an incredible view of the lake and comfortable rocking chairs for reading. Sounds like Heaven, doesn't it?
According to the Author's Guild, our websites are supposed to be revamped and we're going to have a blog. I will keep you informed when I learn more about it.
Meanwhile, thanks for reading my books and giving me support. Writing is such a solitary venture; I like knowing there's someone out there who cares about what I do.