More good news in the writing front! The city of Amsterdam, New York has chosen Redfield Farm as the 2014 selection for their Amsterdam Reads program. Plans for events are in the works, and I'll be sure to let you know when they are definite. In the meantime, if you are in that part of the country and would like me to visit your Reading Group or do a reading or speaking event, just email me and we will work out dates and times. The Mohawk Valley is one of my favorite places in New York State, having been brought up on historical fiction like Drums Along the Mohawk. Looking back on 2013, it has been a good year for writing. I've traveled to Pennsylvania twice and enjoyed many meetings with readers and reading groups. The highlight of both trips was the presentation of the Key to the City of Altoona in May. What a joy! I continue to be amazed at the support I get from people all over Central Pennsylvania and beyond.
My third book, Looking For Jane is selling well in both the print edition and as an ebook. The amazing thing is that more than 56,000 people have downloaded my books so far, and more than 9,000 paper editions have been sold! Wow! Is that unbelievable or what? If you're looking for the print edition of any of my books, they're available at Amazon.com or createspace.com or from your favorite bookstore. For ebooks, you can get Redfield Farm, Waterproof and Looking for Jane in all electronic formats on Amazon, B & N, Smashwords, iTunes, wherever ebooks are sold for $3.99. Redfield Farm is also available as an audio book at the iTunes store, audible.com or amazon.com.
My three volume family saga set against the background of the Pennsylvania iron industry in the 19th century is moving right along. I'm aiming for an October launch of the first volume. My inspiration comes from Mt. Etna, what remains of the Mt. Etna Iron Company which thrived in the nineteenth century just about a mile from where I grew up in Fox Hollow, near Williamsburg, PA. This endeavor will take a while -- it is longer and more complex than my previous efforts, but I hope it will be worth the wait. I've done a lot of research into the Pennsylvania iron industry, and Juniata Iron, as it was known, was considered the finest iron in the world back then. How exciting to know what a thriving industry and unique world existed so close to home over 150 years ago. It makes me curious about the daily lives of the people who lived and worked there. So after serious research, what does a writer do? Makes it into a story!