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April 26, 2010

I've been doing a Writer's Journal for years, but with this new website there is a way for readers to respond. Occasionally somebody actually does send in a comment, but so far none of those have had anything to do with the subject I want to discuss. For instance, in my last post I wrote about the "truth" of my novels. So what do I get in response? Questions about which is my favorite book and why, or a friend who writes about her gardening.

Hey, guys! The idea is to respond to the subject at hand. Otherwise, if you want to ask a question, or just get in touch with me, click on CONTACT above and send me an e-mail. I love hearing from you, and I will respond!

Incidentally, the response to TOO MANY BOOKS, posted a month ago, has been fantastic. The shelves are mostly empty now, and my books have gone out to fans in all parts of the country. Thank you, thank you!

Making Stuff Up

April 7, 2010

I'm often asked if my books are true--meaning, I guess, if I've made up the "facts" or if things actually happened as I've described them. The truth is that I do a lot of research and have a rule: I don't rewrite history. But a lot of imagination goes into presenting the facts in an interesting way--through dialogue, for instance.

Sometimes the "facts" I find in books or on line don't agree. For instance, in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, my current project, I work with three excellent biographies, and I find that authors interpret events differently. Drives me crazy! So what do I do?

I choose the interpretation that makes the most sense to me--and also makes the best story.

Why I Like Bad Weather

April 3, 2010

It's getting much harder to stay focused on writing. Other parts of the country may be flood-drenched and miserable, but New Mexico is sunny, the skies are sapphire blue, and although it's still cold when I take off for my walk at 6:30 AM, by noon it's warm. Fruit trees are blossoming around the neighborhood, the pots in my yard overflow with brilliant color. So who feels like working?

Not that I'm wishing for downpours or snowstorms, but a dose of bad weather once in a while is not a bad thing. I'm slogging away on MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, on Chapter 12 in fact, but for now it's a slow go. A little rain might help.

Fiction for Young Adults

Fiction for Young Adults
Dowdy Peggy White reinvents herself as a glamorous photographer, capturing memorable images during the 1930s Depression and 1940s World War II
Three gutsy girls go looking for adventure in the West in the 1920's
Anastasia and her three sisters are the privileged daughters of the richest man in the world, until their world begins to crumble.
YA Historical Fiction
What's it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world? When Helen of Troy elopes with Paris, her daughter, Hermione, stows away on a Greek ship in search of her mother, hoping to bring her home--and perhaps to find a love of her own.
The future queen of England lives a life of privilege, but privilege comes with a steep price of isolation and loneliness--until she meets Albert.
She leaves Scotland as a child, is sent to France to marry the future king, returns to Scotland as a young woman to rule; a wild queen in a wild country.
First published in 1992, my first historical novel, has been reissued with a new cover.
Cleopatra has been chosen to be the next queen of Egypt, but she faces ruthless competition from her sisters. (Watch a video of Carolyn on this page)
The dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. Young Royals series
Who would not fall in love with--or at least have a mad crush on--young Will!
Marie van Goethen was a dancer in 19th century Paris and modeled for Degas's famous sculpture.
A fictionalized account of the early life of Charles Darwin, narrated by Charley himself.
Mozart's talented sister, Nannerl, struggles to achieve life she deserves--in music as well as in love.
Contemporary YA
Four characters, four big issues, four compelling stories: BECAUSE OF LISSA; THE PROBLEM WITH SIDNEY; GILLIAN'S CHOICE; THE TWO FACES OF ADAM

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