Preschool begins Monday, so it seems like the perfect time to look back at the past few months. Rainy, gray days here in Portland, Oregon, eventually turned into a beautiful summer.
Since June, I have posted ten Seven Questions interviews, featuring middle-grade author Michael Gettel-Gilmartin, children’s author Paula Kay McLaughlin, travel writer Crystal Wood, journalist Shasta Kearns Moore, historical fiction author Faith Elizabeth Hough, nonfiction author Kristin Bailey Murphy (part one and part two), publisher and nonfiction author Matt Love, figurative painter Stephen O’Donnell, WIRE TO WIRE author Scott Sparling and Melissa Donovan of Writing Forward.
If you missed any of those, please go check them out. You’ll hear about blogging strategies; what it really means to write a travel book; some stories about a dramatic and motion picture agent who represented Harper Lee, John Steinbeck and other famous American authors; tips on marketing books from one of the best promoters I’ve ever met; and how 20-plus years of working on a manuscript can earn dream-come-true success. I was so honored to work with each of these creative professionals, and I look forward to running more interviews this fall.
In other writing news, I completed the second section of my first draft of my historical novel, LOST NOTES, and began work on the final third. I spent a week with Emma Burcart in a small community outside of Ashland on a fruitful writing retreat. And I tidied up those finished pages to submit to my critique group.
But this summer really has been about family and friends. Back yard get-togethers. Potlucks. Barbecues. Visitors. Birthday parties. Playgrounds and fountains and Oaks Park, an old-time amusement park. Here are a few of the highlights: