I love getting mail from my readers! Occasionally, I get a question that really makes me think. And when I write the answer, I wonder if other readers or writers might enjoy it, too. Here is an edited version of a letter I received from a retired math teacher turning his attention to writing for the first time at age 70. He was reading Beautiful Lies.
For a couple of years now, I have been involved with a poetry group at Brookwood Florida, a home for adolescent girls who have been removed from their domestic situations because of abuse. Under the direction of the wonderful Jeanne Chase, some of the girls gather weekly to write. And the result is some of the most courageous poetry I have seen. Every year, Jeanne compiles the poetry into a book. And this year, we threw the girls a real author book release party at one of my favorite indies, Inkwood Books in Tampa.
It was a wonderful evening with Jonathan Santlofer at the Manhattan Center For Fiction talking about the craft, the business and IN THE BLOOD.
New York City pals! Come chat with me about craft, process and getting published at The Center for Fiction Tuesday, March 25th at 7 PM. I love talking about the journey from aspiring to published and everything in-between … and beyond. This is a free event, open to the public, and seats are still available.