My Writer's Journal

What I'm Working on Now

April 25, 2017

I haven't written in this journal for almost 21 months. My excuse is that I've been too busy writing. GIRL WITH A CAMERA came out earlier this month, but long before that I had begun work on the next project, a novel based on the life of the American painter, Georgia O'Keeffe.

But that's not all I've been doing. I've been coming up with ideas and having them shot down almost as fast as I put them out there. This is something every writer deals with at some point in the writing life: you have ideas, you draw up the proposal with sample chapters, maybe you even write the book, and then you send it to your literary agent, or to an editor you've worked with for a long time, or maybe somebody you don't know at all, and you hope for the best. Sometimes it works. Many times it doesn't. So you try again--submit it to a new place, or try a different idea. You try not to get discouraged, but it's hard not to.

A couple of my ideas are out there now. Maybe they'll be accepted; maybe not. Whatever happens, I'll try again. That's what writers do.

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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