In early 2020, I’ll be revamping my entire website to reflect my continuing progress in writing and publishing mysteries. As 2019 draws to a close, so too will my saga of monks and cider. When Harbor of Grace comes out later this month, and the Christmas story in December, I feel the overall story arc of the series will be coming to a natural end, and so it will be time to move on to a completely new series in 2020. More on that as the process unfolds. But this is not to say I’m abandoning my monks completely, for I will continue to promote them in the year to come at various book festivals and fairs across the US and here online; and I may return to them at some time in the future. Or not… I will finally, in the next few weeks, be releasing paperback versions of my formerly Kindle-only work: Brother Rattlesnake, Name of the Father and Sins of the Father. No thanks to Amazon and their clunky online cover-maker, which held up production on those for months. And at some point next year, I’ll take the series “wide” so it will be available on other reading venues, such as Kobo and Apple.
So I am revamping the website to make it a little less monk-centric, dropping the cider blog I never really had time to work on. I will bring the Father Irenaeus page up to date, although I’m not planning on any nonfiction or biographical projects any time soon. As for the new series, well, hang in there: All I’m going to say at the moment is that I’m finally getting out of the “Christian Mystery” category, which has turned something of a trial for me, both profit-wise and faith-wise. However, the new books will be similar to HCA in that they will be gentle and quirky (Not cozy—how I hate that pigeonhole!), and laced with humor—something I found was hard to get away with, when I was writing about religious orders.
In real life, still working toward the ultimate goal of moving the family homestead east, and close to the sea, but that may take another year or two. Meanwhile, it seems all our spare moments are spent painting and repairing and reorganizing this old Jersey house for the next owners; but at least we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor a little bit, and enjoy another cycle of seasons in the Mid-Atlantic region. OK, boomer! The next house is likely to be an old one, too, but that strikes me as a good thing, as all this fixing-up work is good exercise for a sedentary writer and the equally sedentary artist who happens to be my husband. Happy holidays to all, and be sure to check out my newest offerings on Amazon!