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Susan Albert
I'm a full-time writer who enjoys gardening, fiber arts, family, and living in the country.
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Carolyn, I'm delighted to hear that you've been reading Rose. SHALA is also my favorite, but some of her magazine fiction (it's available online--I think I linked to it in the COMPANION) is also quite good. SISTER is so real--Helen had such a strong, authentic voice for a young writer (as she was then).
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on Death Come Quickly & Other Book News at Lifescapes
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I'm discovering that there's so much to learn about the hunting industry, which is a huge business in TX--depressing to think of it. It's another commodification of nature. And there's simply no stopping it.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2013 on Winter in the Sangres at Lifescapes
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Marilyn, you've pinpointed many of the issues that are involved in this book. One thing I'm learning: this Texas "deer farming" thing isn't just TX, it's in a lot of states. And the greed that drives the Big Bucks pursuit (pun intended!) is seen by many as a serious threat to the native deer. Add in the concerns of wildlife conservationists and the guerrilla tactics of the PETA crowd, and there's a rich mix for a writer to work with! And yes, we have "Hunters for the Hungry" here, too--the meat goes to the food pantries.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on Winter in the Sangres at Lifescapes
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Thank you for that confidence, Sherry. This issue is even more problematic than most of us know--I've been astonished at what I've learned since I began the research for Bittersweet. McCullough is simply wonderful. I'm listening to Truman as part of my research for a WW2 project, and am completely blown away by it.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on Winter in the Sangres at Lifescapes
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Carolyn, I'm planning a China mystery set in New Mexico, but in the neighboring Mora Valley. Not sure yet when that will be...not too far off, I hope. My favorite of Rose's books is OLD HOME TOWN--a short story collection.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on Winter in the Sangres at Lifescapes
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Donna, I hope you'll withhold judgment until you've read Bittersweet and seen what I've done with the issues involved. Or if that's not possible, you might just want to skip this book.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on Winter in the Sangres at Lifescapes
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I wonder if all rural people feel that way, Mary Anne. I know that during the Depression, my grandparents were always comfortable: milk, ham/bacon, eggs, Sunday stewing chickens. People in the cities didn't have those luxuries. (Rose Wilder Lane would tell us exactly the same thing.)
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2013 on Indian Summer at MeadowKnoll at Lifescapes
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Linda, re: the pace of the trailer. Did you know that you can pause YouTube videos at any moment, to study a book cover or a photograph? It's the double bar on the left under the display area. Hope you enjoy ROSE--and you're right: she was a remarkable woman. Not perfect, by any means, but who among us is?
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2013 on Creating the Wilder Rose Trailer at Lifescapes
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We'll fix it, Gail--thanks for your sharp eye!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2013 on Creating the Wilder Rose Trailer at Lifescapes
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Thank you for the compliment, Theresa--especially meaningful, coming from you! I think Rose's commercial writing career is one of the reasons I became interested in her. I write "commercial fiction"--it's not an easy way to make a living. I understand many of Rose's frustrations!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2013 on Creating the Wilder Rose Trailer at Lifescapes
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You're right--it's a little fast, Elaine. But you can pause it at any point. That double bar on the left under the video is the "pause" bar. Thanks for the comment!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2013 on Creating the Wilder Rose Trailer at Lifescapes
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It's a great story for mothers & daughters to share, Deb--especially if they read the Little House books together when the daughter was young. Glad you liked the trailer!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2013 on Creating the Wilder Rose Trailer at Lifescapes
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Linda, thank you. When we're dealing with women's diaries and letters--the records of their lives--it's so important to know the whole context. Sometimes, the context can tell an independent story all its own. So glad you enjoyed the book. Rose was a remarkable woman, as courageous as they come.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2013 on Creating the Wilder Rose Trailer at Lifescapes
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Thanks, Jessica! I hope you'll be able to read at least a couple of the LH books before you read A Wilder Rose. The TV series is pretty far removed from the books, and even farther removed from Laura's pioneer experience. You'll feel a stronger connection between the Pioneer Life Gallery and the books, I think.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on Guest Post & Giveaway at Lifescapes
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I mailed it yesterday, Linda, so you should be getting it soon!
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2013 on Guest Post & Giveaway at Lifescapes
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Thank you, Theresa. This has been a steep learning curve! It would have been a lot easier to just turn the book over to a publisher. But this has given me the sense that I have control over what I do as a writer--I don't have to sell a concept to a publisher in order to get the book out. An interesting sense of freedom!
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Linda, yes! The next China is DEATH COME QUICKLY. The one after that (2015) doesn't have a title yet--still working on that. I'll start writing in Jan. 2014.
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Thanks, Kim and Judeen. Feels like a honor to me, too! I hope it helps to bring the book to the attention of libraries and indie bookstores.
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Sherry, are you the Sherry who worked with me at SWT many eons ago?
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Good! I'll be dropping hints from time to time. I'm far enough along to feel that I won't be dropping this (and picking up something else). :)
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That's true, Jane, but it was an intended implication. The book is fact-based fiction, and very close to what is called "creative non-fiction." So I was comfortable with the subtitle. But not with the possibility of infringement. That was NOT in my game plan!
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Reina, thanks for pointing that out! I've made the corrections.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2013 on Q&A: A Wilder Rose at Lifescapes
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Nancy, Amazon doesn't list author-published books for pre-order. (I know: another inconvenient barrier for indies to jump over, to make the journey a little bit more difficult.) The book will be available on September 1. You can purchase it then.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2013 on Q&A: A Wilder Rose at Lifescapes
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Pat, my iPad has all kinds of problems with Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest. You probably need to get the app, if you're going to visit the site very often. Hope you can get to a "real" computer to put your name in before the giveaway ends! :)
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Thanks, Patsy, for helping spread the word!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2013 on Librarian Galley Giveaway! at Lifescapes
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