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Fictional Realities

41jh2yi72qlThere is a friend of mine, who worked with me as a nurse at hospice a few years back. One day, after work, I met her husband. When I asked her the next day how they’d met, she told me she’d been married to his brother. Well, I thought, that’s interesting. Tell me more. What arose from her telling was a story that sounded like a movie. She isn’t the kind of person who jokes around, so I knew she was telling the truth, though it could have been the best of fiction. That’s when I decided to make it just that – a fictional story based on real life. Loving Annalise was the result.

After years of poverty, heartbreak, loss and betrayal, Tomas enters Annalise’s world and shatters the iron casing she’s erected around her heart. Tomas is kind, intelligent, romantic and handsome, but he’s also her husband’s brother! Once Tomas and Annalise meet, they are forever intertwined and repeatedly ripped apart by fate, self-doubt and blackmail. Her husband, Jens, is a brilliant, jealous and manipulative scoundrel who keeps her psychologically under lock and key, until her passion for Tomas sets her free.

Writing Loving Annalise is the second time I’ve written a novel based on historical realities. Buddha’s Wife was the first. Though most of the people in the story existed, and some of the places, times, and words are reported to have been accurate, the majority of the conversations, interactions, and story-line were imagined. Like Loving Annalise, Buddha’s Wife is based on history, and people that were living breathing beings.

Loving Annalise, and Buddha’s Wife, are the only time I have written stories in this fashion. Normally (whatever that is), I either write straight fiction, or non-fiction, about a specific person, place, or issue, and do not attempt to combine these disparate genres. That doesn’t mean that parts of my life, and personal experiences, do not influence or become part of my writing, but not intentionally (that I am aware of).

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New World of Publishing

Laura Davis and Janet Goldstein are presenting The New World of Publishing 2011: Today’s Rules for Developing Ideas and Finding Your Audience on May 21-22 in Santa Cruz, CA. You can register by going HERE. If you think of it, tell them I sent ya.

Both of these women are amazing writers, teachers and visionaries. I’d encourage anyone remotely interested to attend. Here is some information from the website.

Whether you are a first-time fiction or nonfiction writer, an accomplished author, an expert in your niche with a book or blog idea, or a business or nonprofit leader who wants to make an impact with your ideas, this hands-on event will give you a “from the trenches” perspective of the publishing world. You will learn about the interconnection between writing and marketing, creating and connecting.

Different from all other writers’ conferences and publishing events, this 2-day intensive will combine up-to-the-minute information on the current state of publishing world with the time, space, and direction you need to begin to test, hone, revise, and “pitch” your work in small groups and in “idea lab” demonstrations. You’ll workshop:

Your Idea – including Janet’s hallmark “8 Ingredients of a Good Idea” and her brand-new Daisy Model for taking projects from “good” to GREAT.

Your Platform – the what and whys, the hows, the fears, and benefits of starting to build your audience now.

Your Publishing Pathway – Work through all 4 pathways:- ebooks- print-on-demand- self-publishing- traditional publishing: major houses & boutique, to discover the right pathway for you, your genre, and your stage—including why all the pathways are good.

Your Plan – there will be time for “burst writing” and making commitments to personalize your workshop experience.

www.GetPublishedSantaCruz.com

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