As for the hiatus - part of it was busy life circumstances, and part was a need for a break to think about the value/vision/purpose of this blog. Or rather re-think it. I think I have an idea of how I want to shape this space as my author platform, but I'll go into more detail in the new year, so stay tuned...
In the meantime, I found another book I can adore, and have shelved with the best books of 2012. Coincidentally, it is currently a semi-finalist with the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year Awards on Goodreads. If you read it, and loved it, go vote!
What is this books I speak of?
I was picking up my daughter from school a few weeks ago when a friend of mine approached. She handed me a copy of a book called "Edenbrooke" and said, "You have to read this. I just read it twice in two days. I've never done that before." I've always trusted the literary tastes of my friend, and so I dove right in.
Edenbrooke was written by the delightful new author Julianne Donaldson, and published by Shadow Mountain. The blurb for the story (as taken from the back of the book):
I recently contacted Julianne and asked her to answer a few questions about her own unique writing and publication journey. I am so grateful that she agreed to answer, and here is what she had to say:
1. When and why did you start writing?
I started writing when I was young because I love to tell stories. As an adult, I would write stories here and there but never seriously thought about being published until I started having children. As a stay-at-home mom, I found within myself a yearning to create something outside of my home and family--something that belonged just to me--something that wouldn't come undone overnight (like the dishes, the laundry, the cooking, the diapering, etc.). I started small, with poems and ideas for picture books. Then I started dreaming bigger and bigger until I had written Edenbrooke.