When we go through our lives, we plant many seeds. Some are for our future growth, some impact others’ lives and some we plant, literally, in our gardens.
This is the first year I’ve been able to have a garden in decades. I enjoyed the zucchini abundance, and was anxiously awaiting our tomatoes when the early frost hit. Of course, then the weather went back to 80+degree days, but the damage was done. I had to rip out some plants, salvage as many green tomatoes as I could and pray the pumpkins would make it.
It’s how my writing career has been, too. Books travel along. No matter how much advance plotting I have done, the characters do seem to develop minds of their own. Just when I think I have it all worked out, someone in my critique group points out a fatal flaw which descends, like an early frost, on the book.
What I’ve planted and nurtured has changed over time. Along with crops, I’ve gathered lessons in my life. These lessons influence my stories. I’ve discovered that people who learn to accept and love themselves, work to make the changes that will bring them a greater character will find happiness at last.
I am happy today to announce that the latest book in the California Romance Series, California Wine, has been accepted by the publisher. Whippee! I hope you enjoy it as much as you have California Sunset.