Writing About Racism in 1930s

I'm writing the sequel to the first novel that was published in 2018. It covers the period between 1938 - about 1950. The protagonist Miriam meets a man 10 years her junior on assignment from the Federal Theater Project, funded by the WPA during the New Deal to keep...

Looking for TITLE for sequel to Beguiled

Would love to get help in finding a memorable title for this sequel. Here is a short synopsis of this story, which follows the protagonist, Miriam Levine Butler from 1938-1942. Since she was born in 1900, you (and I) can easily keep track of her age. If you know your...

Where’s the anti-Semitism in Beguiled?

Because journalist Tinky Weisblat questioned in her August review of BEGUILED in the Greenfield Recorder, why I hadn't included any instances of anti-Semitism which was rampant in the early 1900s, I began to question myself. Why not? I grew up in small cities where...

Researching Federal Theater Project (WPA) for Sequel

When I was writing BEGUILED and found a wonderful repository of information at a library in Austin, TX, I was delighted to learn so much about the history of 1920s Jazz Age and the intelligentsia who peopled it. Now I've discovered another library that holds oral...

Event featured BEGUILED at social workers’ book club

Yes, I'm a social worker, but I haven't practiced as such for many decades. Instead, early on I went into private practice as a psychotherapist, then a life and career coach. But, in preparing to meet with a group of social workers in Central Massachusetts last week,...

I’m Writing Sequel to BEGUILED

The sequel,suggested by so many of my readers, in in the works. I began it on Xmas day as I was waiting for my new recipe of turkey thighs a la Spanish style to cook. A fantastic recipe, by the way. The new story is told from a first-person narrator: Miriam in her...

My Protagonist Miriam Briefly Lived in the Dakota

If you've read BEGUILED, you'll know that Miriam Levine, protagonist of my historical novel, once lived briefly in the most celebrated residence in NYC - the Dakota. Yes, the very same place that John Lennon was shot on December 8, 1980. It's almost an anniversary...

I Want To Start to Write a New Story

What does one do, when life intrudes to disrupt one's creative energies? I've had an idea for how to proceed with a sequel to BEGUILED. But, my life has taken a different turn. I'm in the downsizing, decluttering phase of life. And, boy, that takes a lot of mental...

Taking Margaret Atwood class online – love it.

MasterClass.com has funny, wise Margaret Atwood teaching a series of classes on writing. I didn't realize she loves dystopian stories. But of course, what is A Handmaid's Tale? Although I've never been interested in reading or writing such fantasy stories, she taught...

Sequel to Beguiled or Not?

So many of my readers have asked for a sequel to Beguiled. They don't want to let go of Miriam, who's become a dear friend to them and they can't wait to see what happens to her after what might seem like an abrupt ending of the story. When asked, I have always said:...