I did finish the novel I was working on and sent it off to my agent. He informed me that several publishers agreed to look at it. I try not to get too excited, though. The process can take many months. I'll keep you posted. This story is set in 1900 New York and centers on young Irish women immigrants. The tentative title is: Welcome Home.
I will be working on another article for Internet-Genealogy magazine. Also, Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Magazine has asked me to write a short piece on Mother's Day for next year's issue.
I am still mentoring students through the Christian Writers Guild. Last month's mentor meeting in Colorado Springs was wonderful. Not only did I get to give my input on some of the curriculum, but I also learned a lot from the experienced writers and editors in attendance and got to hear from Jerry Jenkins.
The next novel I'm working on is one I started last year. If you've read Brigid of Ireland, you will know the characters in this book. It will be in the young adult fantasy genre.
I was invited to the Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, May 8. This is a free event in Columbus with lots of authors, books, food, and music. My buddy author Brenda Nixon was invited also and after the festival we will be attending a reception at the governor's mansion. Pictures will surely follow! :)
I had planned to attend the Lancaster Celtic Gathering this month, but it was canceled. No reason was given, but it appears they plan on continuing next year.
That's it for me this month. Please feel free to email me if you have questions about my writing, the Christian Writers Guild, or my garden. Just kidding. It's Tom's garden, but I'm sure to have stories to tell about it in the near future.
Have a wonderful month of May!
"The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his Heaven—
All's right with the world!"
- Robert Browning, The Year's at the Spring