My Writer's Journal

A little traveling music

April 27, 2011

I have just come back from Des Moines, where I spent less than 24 hours with a wonderful group of librarians (Title of my talk: BUT IS IT TRUE? Talking about Historical Fiction). I also spent almost that many hours getting there and back. It was a dark and stormy night - and day - and a lot of planes weren't flying, or weren't flying on time. And then there was the airport bus that wouldn't stop for me, never mind what the website said. And the guy on the airline customer "help" line who thought it would be a good idea to send me from Denver, where I missed my connection, to spend the night in Los Angeles and then fly home to Albuquerque from there. (I finally caught a flight from Denver that had me here an hour later.)

Fortunately I had a really good book to read (see Home Page).

Maybe tomorrow I won't be too tired to write - or even think. But today I am.

What I did all weekend

April 7, 2011

It sometimes seems that I write all the time. Not true. I do write most of the time--today is one of those 8-hour writing days--but I also take time for other things, especially on weekends. For instance, here's how I spent my time last weekend during those hours when I got away from my desk:

FRI: Went to a 5 pm gallery opening for an exhibit of exquisite monographs and papercuts by a friend who also illustrates children's books. From there to a poetry reading by a poet I adore (I happen to be married to him). Talked to friends at both places. Read in bed.

SAT: Walked to the French bakery and bought croissants. Talked to a man standing in line who was in town for a conference. I asked about the conference. "Forensic psychologists," he said. "Friends of psychologists?" I asked, not hearing clearly. I do that all the time, unfortunately. Wrote all afternoon.

SAT evening: Went to the movies to see "Jane Eyre." Naturally, I loved it. My kind of movie--historical setting, dramatic story, fine acting.

SUN: Watched a movie about Aldo Leopold, naturalist and conservationist. Wrote all afternoon. Cooked dinner for my son Chris and his girlfriend, who brought their new dog for a first visit. Worked on the NY Times crossword puzzle after
they left.

MON: Usual 3-mile morning walk, starting at 6:30. And so the week began....

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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