Story accepted in Las Positas College Anthology

My fiction story, “Stepping Stones”, has been accepted in the Las Positas College Anthology. It’s a story about a large gold mirror that reflects Willy and his family during his lifetime. I surprised myself with the voice that came through for the narrator. It’s not my usual writing style.

The book will be available at the awards reception on May 11th.

Critique Partners Chat

Tri-Valley Writers Club members, Jordan Bernal, author of THE KEEPERS OF EIRE and Lani Longshore, author of DEATH BY CHENILLE, chat after the April meeting. The critique partners worked with each other’s characters that involved dragons, criminals, and the new genre, Quilting Sci-Fi. Image

Tri-Valley Writers Club President and Linda Lee

Linda Lee at http://www.askmepc-webdesign.com spoke at the April California Writers Club Tri-Valley branch meeting. President Paula Chinick is the author of RED ASSCHER to be released before the end of this year.Image

Elizabeth Strout Interview

The YouTube video is an interview with Elizabeth Strout about truthfulness and her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, OLIVE KITTERIDGE. I met her at a lunch/reading at Town Center Book Store in Pleasanton, California when OLIVE KITTERIDGE was first published in 2008. I told her that my novel, EVA, was almost complete, but I didn’t know who would read it. She said to keep writing and not to worry about who will read the story. It’s more important to write what you want to write. I remember her advice whenever I start a writing project.

Today, I heard a thirty-minute interview on KPFA radio where she discussed her new novel, THE BURGESS BOYS. She said the inspiration for the story came when she cleaned out files from her novel, ABIDE WITH ME. The Burgess boys were minor characters at the end. She had scenes with them as children , which she didn’t use in that story. She thought about what they would be like when they grew up and realized as adults they could be the main characters of a new novel.

She wrote sketches and more sketches about them, then cut, revised, and developed the plot for this new published novel.

Since Elizabeth Strout is one of my favorite authors, I’m looking forward to reading THE BURGESS BOYS.