When The Spring Author Series returns to the Rising Sun Inn for 2019, I’ll be one of the three local women invited to speak about their writing. All three of us have written about Maryland heroines against the backdrop of history. I’m honored both for the invitation and the opportunity to rub shoulders with these fine writers.
Last year I read Elissa Brent Weissman’s THE LENGTH OF A STRING and loved it. Quite possibly it was for me the most fun read of the year. I adore the main character in this Middle Grade semi-historical. It’s a great story of an African American girl adopted by a Baltimore Jewish family who wants to find her birth mother. When she inherited her grandmother’s diary, she learns a whole new chapter to her adopted family history. It’s wonderful.
Now I’m putting Lucia St. Clair Robson’s book on my TBR pile. I heard her talk at a writing workshop at St. John’s College in Annapolis years ago and read her thrilling first book RIDE THE WIND but now I’m going to have to find MARY’S LAND, which she will talk about as part of this series.
I’ll be talking about DIVIDED LOYALTIES on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m., the middle of the three talks.
I also hope to have finished my prequel by then. Tentatively entitled BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS, my novella takes place at Christmas in Annapolis in the early 1830s and tells the story of how sisters Angela and Patricia found love. DIVIDED LOYALTIES readers may remember these sisters volunteering in the Antietam tent hospital alongside my heroine Maureen. More on that as it develops.
All three talks will be held outside of Annapolis at The Rising Sun Inn, 1090 Generals Highway, Crownsville, Maryland 21032. The inn has been welcoming visitors as a farm and inn and a stagecoach stop since 1753. If you like your history a little spooky, make sure to greet Randolph and Abigail, the resident ghosts.
Registration for the three talks—come to mine or come to all three—is now open via Eventbrite. I look forward to attending. I’ll also be signing books and will have some for sale.