Thursday, June 30, 2016


I just typed those words on my Book 4 draft last night.  Exciting!

It's taken a full year to write this book (mostly because I was writing it during two busy semesters of grading papers and teaching a full load of freshman English classes).  And  I've spent the past few weeks of my empty summer finishing the draft.  

Still to come:  Decisions about a title and book cover, editing (first, by me, as I polish up the rough draft a couple of times, smooth out the rough spots, do some careful researching, and get the book up to my best possible capability -- then, it's off to the my publisher).  At the end of this year, I'll also be brainstorming ideas for Book 5 in the series.

I realized the significance of this draft last night. I haven't written a novel in three years!  I've spent the last two-and-a-half years editing the three published books in the series, which I wrote years ago. So, it felt wonderful to get back to what I love the most -- writing.  It's my favorite part of the process, for sure.  It was a special feeling, returning to Chilton Crosse and writing about those characters I feel so close to...

I'll be updating my author page more often, now that I'll be having bits of news to share.

Thanks for going with me on this journey!


  1. Thanks, Katie! It's super exciting. In fact, it's the first book I've written in a couple of years (I've spent those years editing the cottage books). I was fun to get back to my first love, writing! :-)