As much as I love writing mysteries, sometimes it's fun to dabble in something a little different. When I need a change, I write short stories. These aren't mysteries ... unless you consider (as I do) the day-to-day bump and jostle of life in an ordinary family a mysterious thing. Having said that, let me add that I do plan more books about Jennie Connors and am currently working on a new novel that will continue Peace Morrow's story.
Lynn Donovan is a nice girl, open-hearted, too impulsive for her own good - and completely captivated by a married man. The mere thought of him sets her senses aflame and her daydreams spinning. Is this love? Or is love something different? Something you see every day and slip into like your favorite T-shirt? Sometimes you don't value what you have until you're about to lose it.
These three short stories ask the questions: "What happens after 'I do'?" and "Does 'happily ever after' mean every minute of every day ... forever?" In Beyond the Fairy Light, a child looks to magic to heal her troubled family. In All is Calm, a young woman longs for a harmonious celebration in a family made up of proud Irish rebels and Jews savvy enough to get out of Babi Yar before the arrival of the infamous killing squads. Best Laid Plans starts out simple, but is anything simple in human relationships?
Does familial love bind us or set us free? Or both? This trio of short stories explores these questions. In A Perfect Wedding, a mother longs to pass on the traditions that have made her happy to a daughter determined to forge her own traditions. In Generation Unto Generation, a young woman comes to terms with the loss of a beloved family member. In Next Time - The First Time, a free spirit finds himself in a trap from which he's not sure he wants to escape.
This is not a short story, but a collection of short pieces written by contributors to the blog, Birth of a Novel. Marielena Zuniga, Gretchen Haertsch, Sharen Ford, and I each selected half a dozen of our favorite posts and put them in an ebook, a venture that is especially dear to my heart because it lays bare the dreams, hopes, and fears of four very different women writers. The collection is a tribute to friendships forged as the four of us traveled the often daunting, but always exhilarating, journey from vague idea to finished novel.