The Jersey Girl Goes Home

raffle.jpgI’m in New Jersey for the week, staying with my sister, and my Internet access is limited, so I won’t be blogging as much as usual. Right now, I’m typing this in the Madison, NJ Opium Den. I’m also working on the WIP while I’m here, writing in my sister’s lovely sunroom with a view of trees and birds and squirrels.
I signing pw 5.jpgthought I’d share a couple of photos from my speaking engagement at the Page Walker Arts and History Center in Cary. Author/friend Brenda Witchger took the pictures. There was a raffle after the speech, so the top pic is of me pulling winning numbers from a basket held by Karen Kiely, librarian at the Cary Library and event organizer extraordinaire. It was a lot of fun and I’m so glad I had the time to do it in my crazy schedule.


  1. Brenda on March 27, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Lucky people to get to hear you…
    Raffle great idea.
    My favorite M A MONROE (THE BOOK CLUB)

  2. Margo on March 27, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Enjoy your time with family Diane. Brenda, my fav Monroe book is THE BEACH HOUSE…am very anxious to buy the sequal tomorrow (-:

  3. Ann on March 27, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Margo, didn’t know there was a sequel to BEACH HOUSE. What is the title?

  4. Margo on March 28, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Ann, it comes out today and is called SWIMMING LESSONS! Mary Alice Monroe also has a children’s book coming out called TURTLE SUMMER and it is a companion book to the adult novel. I’m off to the bookstore today to purchase!

  5. Brenda on March 29, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Okay-I need a title…fast.
    I didn’t like my short story, so I have written one in first person. (My peers in grad class like it…I need a title.
    It is about a girl growing up in the l960’s (Remember this is not a story for publication but to finish this class)…She calls herself Plain Janie…a delightful character. everyone liked the tone of the story and the character, etc.
    She talks about herself, her mother (whom she loves), her father (whom she doesn’t), her friends, she does some flashbacks…in the end (very very short story), her parents divorce.
    I NEED A TITLE_come on Margo–etc.
    HELP ME…
    After this is finished (2nd draft due Monday and then last in April)
    My author project due in April (I am doing Jane Austen and my oral part will include an English Tea)
    My Master’s Project is turned in=hope it is okay.
    Graduation is first Sat. in May-Praise the Lord
    Thank you all

  6. Diane Chamberlain on March 29, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Brenda, what about the obvious? PLAIN JANIE? I like it. Otherwise, need to know more about the story!
    I’m so glad you’ll be graduating in May as hoped.

  7. Margo on March 30, 2007 at 9:05 am

    I really like Diane’s title. PLAIN JANIE has a great ring to it. Other thoughts:
    Changing Times
    Rockin and a Rollin
    Flower Child

  8. pattie on March 30, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Love all these titles, especially Changing Times–reflects what happened in the 60s and in her life.
    Is she really ‘plain’ or just in her own eyes? If that’s the case, what about “Not-So-Plain Janie”–because she sounds like a complex, well-rounded person.
    I like alliteration and/or rhyming in titles, but am not coming up with much, sorry.

  9. Brenda on March 30, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you
    Ironically, Diane, when I put it to my -students today they chose Plain Janie…no she really isn’t plain-but teenage girls often think they are.
    I also like the other titles…will let you know

  10. Brenda on March 31, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Diane, I was in the book store today (Border’s) and there is a book out by a new popular author-can’t remember who
    INTO THE STORM…when I saw it I immediately thought the story would be about a storm.
    Suzanne Brockman is the author

  11. Diane Chamberlain on April 1, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, Brenda. Makes me realize how overdone “storm” titles are. There IS a storm in my book, actually, but of course it’s a metaphorical title as well.

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