My talented and handsome author friend, Bosnian turned Swede Adnan Mahmutovic, wrote up something on his Under the Midnight Sun blog after reading my Woman Inside Out story -- I feel all special now, I told him - "it's all like I have been put under a light that shines me more than what I am"....that's how he makes me sound, as if I am a better writer than I am. Here are his words about my story. Thank you Adnan. *smiling*
I find it interesting to see how others interpret a story. Like, will a woman read it differently than a man? Will someone else think she did not sleep with the young man who approaches her in the mall? What is the signifcance of the ending? I wonder these things - for sometimes the answers are pliable in stories and novels. If you read it, tell me what you thought about those things - if you don't mind - I really am curious. (A P.S. - Woman Inside Out is a bit more "contemporary" than TG and my gentle Virginia Kate - the first paragraph in WIO is a little stark, so I'll warn anyone who clicks on it that you may, or may not, feel a little bit shocked at the wording?)
Anyway, look for more for Mahmutovic (his novella will be out soon - and more)- he is a beautifully gifted writer and an insightful reviewer (not meaning my stuff, for he reviews much more important and bigger writers than I could ever hope to be) - whatever he reads, he lifts it up to a higher level; whatever he writes, he is no less transcendental, but there is that raw edge - where he takes something that could very well be so very bleak and makes it into something tragically beautiful. (As an aside, if anyone wants one of his REFUGE[E] books the Rose & Thorn is giving them away for a $10 donation. Here's a review of the book.) If you just do not like to donate to magazines, or times are tough - I do have a few copies of his book and will send you one - email me.
I'm in the line editing phase of Tender Graces - which is why I may seem scattered and scarce. AND! here is something exciting! Bellebooks and I are talking about the future books of Virginia Kate's life! That means more Virginia Kate after Tender Graces! Yayyy! I already have the draft of the second book written and hope to finish that by summer so it can go in the works to be published next year - keep your fingers crossed it all works out. I've always wanted to do a series of books about Virginia Kate and her family. I'm excited and terrified! *laugh*
I'm enjoying all the comments and the thoughts on rocks - and some rocks will be going back and forth between places to and fro *laughing* - more on that later.