Starlight Symphonies

How can I explain writing a book? It is the most wonderful, draining, humiliating, soul-baring thing one can do. It's you on a page. It's thoughts made real. It's other people reading your mind, and judging whether or not they like what they found there. Writing a book, a short story, or a novella is profoundly humbling. 

The most rewarding thing has nothing to do with sales, or rank, or any measurable success. For me, it is someone to write me an email, or comment on a post, or to call me or text me that they connected with my writing. That they hated a character, loved a character, felt their heartbreak or "kept coming back to" a certain line or paragraph. That's what writers do. They make us feel. Good books tell us we aren't alone and that we were never alone and that everyone else is just as joyful/broken/confused/conflicted as we are. 

I think Ernest Hemingway said it best, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down to a typewriter and bleed."

My latest work, a historical fiction novel set in 1820s Michigan, follows a few different characters on a rocky voyage from Detroit to Mackinac Island. It focuses on love, betrayal, murder, magic and the very real dangers of early American life. I am very proud of this work, and I'm oh-so-anxious wait for you to read it!

As a teaser, here's the blurb on the back of the book:

Starlight Symphonies of Oak and Glass
A swirling chaos settles over a ship becalmed... 

A stirring novel of history, of magic, of the mysteries of the northern lakes, and the spell they cast over those who know them.

An ordinary crossing from Detroit to Mackinac Island in a wild 19th century Michigan, turns desperate as the ship runs afoul of the weather. In turns the victim of a series of eerie calms and inexplicable storms, the schooner is a captive of the whims of the lake. 

The characters take turns telling the tale, each having their own story to reveal. The crushing obstacles of the voyage shine light on the past lives, loves, betrayals and misdeeds of all aboard. The brave company must find redemption, if they are ever to sail brightly toward their destiny. 

This latest work will be released at the end of October, but is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle, by clicking here:
You can download the kindle app, for free, to any apple product, all smartphones, and of course, the kindle. You can also read write from your computer if you buy the digital book on Amazon. 

If you're holding out for the're in for a treat, because the jacket is beyond gorgeous. 

I can't wait to hear what you think, and am excited to share my story with you. 

As ever, xx

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