So I have been nervous about putting this blog out there. I have been discreetly sending it to a friend here and a family member there but have hesitated to send it out to the world at large. My wonderful friend Melissa (who is about to start reading a wonderful translation of War and Peace) just told me,
"I know. It is hard to do things for yourself. Just put it out there. People love when people write."
People love when people write. What an utterly lovely, confidence growing thought. That made me really happy.
Plum Bean is a catch phrase in my family for going out on a limb and following that inner directive that tells you to do something absolutely contrary to logic, reason, common sense and statistics. Plum Bean has led me to move to a country where I knew no one (twice), talk to strangers, ask a famous playwright if she might like my help (amazingly she did), meet my best friends, jump off a cliff, do a PhD, bring home stray animals and write a novel.
This blog is about my adventures in publishing, writing, reading and generally living a plum bean life.
I am an historical fiction novelist and my first novel, EXIT THE ACTRESS was published by the wonderful Touchstone, Simon and Schuster.
When I am not editing, writing, or researching, I am either swimming, reading or teaching. I love books and water and can often be found standing waist deep in the ocean, wearing huge, cheapie sunglasses and an enormous sunhat, reading a wet, warped, lived in book.
I believe in: asking for advice, writing in books, getting up early, taking dance classes, reading everything, talking on the phone,reading plaques on buildings, saying what I mean, wearing hats, paddle boarding, getting lost in strange cities, eating pineapples and talking to strangers.
I hope you enjoy my blog!