When I was a teacher and librarian, I wrote lots and lots of lesson plans, committee reports, press releases, scripts for our closed-circuit TV broadcast, professional articles and grant proposals. Now that I have retired, I’m turning my hand to literary fiction for young adults.
I started my first novel on a dare for National Novel Writing Month in November 2013. It’s been through several revisions since then, and this revision, I hope is the final one before going through it one more time on the “word level”—it’s all about those verbs, after all. My inspiration for writing it was both the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach and Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel Rebecca, which I thought could be set among high school students in the Carolina low country. My re-imagining of Rebecca is just that, and a ghost story to boot. The tentative title is Drowned.