What a year! Can you believe September is just a few days away? I really can't but I'm excited about it. Fall is my favorite time of year. Roasting hot dogs around the fire, the crunching of leaves underfoot and pumpkin spice everything. Not to mention, long sleeves, snuggling with my Mister and my annual attempt at crocheting a throw blanket.
And all the glorious ghost stories...
Every year I pull out my favorites, Henry James' Turn of the Screw, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and a few others and get my spooky on. I love the creaking doors, the lady in white and even the beautiful vampires with their sparkling eyes.
This year, I'm writing a few spooky tales of my own--an anthology of short stories with a Halloween theme. I have thirty titles selected, basic plots created but I'm not sure how many I'll complete before Halloween. My first short story is called Maarta's Baby. It's set in Medieval Germany and naturally it involves goblins. I thought it would be fun to offer you, Dear Reader something besides ghosts once in a while.
I'm also very excited about beginning my new series, The Belles of Desire, Mississippi. Five girls live in a rotting old plantation, one girl disappears? Set against the backdrop of an old home and small town life in the 1940s, I'm hoping you will fall in love with this trilogy. Other series continue too but I have gotten behind a bit on publishing since the passing of my little brother earlier in the month.
Thank you, to everyone who sent me cards, emails, messages of condolences. It really meant so much to me and my family to know that you cared. My Viking brother is gone now, his battle with MS is over but I look forward to see him again one day on the shores of Valhalla.
As I said at his memorial, "Han var den bästa av oss."
He was the best of us.
Keep the fires burning bright, brother. I will see you again one day.