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Archive for April 2008

The Sea Turtle Hospital

 Jean Beasley, the founder and director of The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach, gave John and me a private tour of the hospital yesterday. Jean is a dynamo, and the turtles are her passion. I’ve heard about the hospital for years, but this was my first visit and I had to share it…

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on Topsail Island

Just a quickie post. I’ll elaborate later. I’m staying in a friend’s fabulous little cottage on Topsail, where Before the Storm is set, doing some final research for After the Storm. I just have a few days and wish I had much longer. I’ve met so many wonderful people down here over the last year…

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The Book Trailer

  I’m working with Circle of Seven Productions on a book trailer for Before the Storm. Have you ever seen a book trailer? I thought I’d keep you abreast of the process, which I’m finding intriguing. I can’t wait to see how it turns out First, of course, I gave the C of S people…

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The Last Day

It was an amazing week, full of brainstorming and writing and games and friendship. Two days ago, we were down to just Sarah, Bren and myself, seen here with a couple o’ pirates at a restaurant. Arggh. Yesterday, we were down to just Bren and myself–and we’re both nightowls. We stayed up till nearly 3:30…

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Working at the Beach

What a gorgeous setting! I’m down here at Holden Beach with the scribblers (Mary Kay Andrews, Margaret Maron, Sarah Shaber and Brenda Witchger) and we’re getting tons done. That’s mostly because Mary Kay is a very firm task master. Every morning we set our goals for the day and check in with our progress in…

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Multi-Tasking and Guinness Stew

It’s 2:30 am and I’m still at it. I finished After the Storm several days ago. Wow, did it feel good to type The End (on page 501). Now I await my editor’s thoughts, after which I’ll start revising. But I thought I’d share a bit of what else I’m working on. First, some of…

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The Photo Shoot

It’s such fun living with a professional photographer! It was time to take my new book jacket pictures to be used on the Target Book Club edition of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and also on my new website (coming soon!). We started with very demure poses that I hated–so not me–although John liked them. What can…

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