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A sequel to "Sarah's Daughter," published by Gadd Books in 2010.
A 19th century teen deals with family sorrow, joy, friendship, bereavement.
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Weekly column that has appeared on the front of local news section of daily newspaper for 26 years, 52 weeks of the year, briefly moved inside in 2010 and is now back on the front.
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Excitement

December 4, 2016

Tags: historical novel

Milt used to correct me when I referred to "the elderly" as if they lived elsewhere and might not be anyone we knew. "We are the elderly," he would say with no dismay in his voice.
It's hard to know when exactly "elderly" starts, but certainly I've tried to hold the term at bay -- which is possibly why someone started calling all of us "seniors" instead.Whatever, confession time compels me to say that this elderly senior is very excited to have just published "A Silver Moon for Rose," which completes the trilogy based on a smidgen of my grandmother's life. Fictionalizing my grandmother has been a fabulous adventure, putting her in my brain to run on a separate track from the rest of my life. After pretty much neglecting Rose for a couple of years, I went back to work on the new book and was wrestling daily with how it could end. My brain apparently stayed on track during the night -- without nightmares -- and I woke one morning to find the ending, the setting for the ending, the conversation for the ending as clear as a June morning in the Berkshires. Did the sweat of daytime writing help? Who knows.

It's done. It's self-published because elderly means you don't want to hunt down publishers and get rejected. It's beautifully printed, and my granddaughter Summer Wojtas designed the cover. It's exciting.

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  1. December 7, 2016 9:50 AM EST
    Wonderful to read how you are focusing on the pleasures of exploring your grandmother's life in the best way possible—by re-imagining it as only historical fiction allows an author to do. And then self-publishing to maintain your serenity—that's encouragement to the rest of us who face the obstacles of the traditional publishing world.
    - Katherine