The main book project I'm considering is a novel based on a relative's ancestors. Reading her genealogy information is a fascinating trip through time in the British Isles. Her ancestors have been traced back, so far, to the 12th century in England, with a handful of Irish and Scottish progenitors thrown in for good measure. Some day soon I'll dig out the genealogy search and begin in earnest. And once I begin, I'll be consumed. Writing My Name is Esther Clara inspired me to do more biographies. Real people, real places, can be more intriguing than fiction.
My co-author on the poetry book, Stephen Sulik, wants to begin a mystery suspense novel with me as editor. Sulik's previous book, The Tattered Coat, had action, mystery, and suspense with tinges of surreality mixed in. If he decides to write another book, I'll edit.
My sister Pam thinks I should write a book about her experiences with colon cancer --
- radiation, chemotherapy, and their side effects
- what to expect from the surgery and post op course
- the importance of faith and a positive attitude on patient outcomes
- the detrimental effect on patients when they don't have adequate teaching each step of the way
- and the impact of various physician specialists on their patients.
I haven't investigated yet to see how many other books have been written on the subject .
Several others have asked me to write memoirs of their parents/grandparents' lives. I use the "method acting" technique while writing. I become the characters, live in their milieu, and act them out in prose. Some characters are easier to "become" than others.
Stay tuned to see if this old lady writer has it in her to complete another book or books.