My Writer's Journal

A Shoutout to Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scots, Victoria

September 14, 2010

OK, I'm too busy. Here it is, September, the most beautiful month of the year in Albuquerque, and I hardly go outside the house except for my morning walk at sunrise. But so much is happening!

CLEOPATRA CONFESSES: Jacket design arrived, and it's gorgeous! I love it! A couple of weeks ago the copyedited manuscript arrived--not so gorgeous, just a lot of fact-checking. But it's done.

THE WILD QUEEN, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: First draft back from the editor. Needs work. LOTS of work. New beginning, new ending, and everything in between seems to drag. More action! More feeling! Tighten the prose! I keep my head down and go at it, hard.

VICTORIA RULES: To the university library to borrow a pile of books. Order a batch of obscure books out of print. They've started arriving, and I can't resist diving in.

THE BAD QUEEN: How's she doing? Anybody buying these books?

E-mails. I love them, and I always answer. But I forgot to update my blog until just now, and I swore I'd do it once a week.

The house is a mess. We're getting ready to move. Sometimes I can't sleep, wondering how I'll get it all done. Dearly Beloved says I'm grouchy! MOI???

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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