As you know by now, travel is in my blood, and like many of you, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve had to cancel my plans to go to Italy this year. At this point, without a safe and effect vaccine, the time frame for international travel is up in the air. Since the cases and deaths continue to climb in the US, the EU has banned entry for travelers from the United States, and who knows when that will change. I’m hopeful to return to Italy by the fall of 2021, but time will tell. As the Italians say, vediamo, or we’ll see.
Anyway, staying home hasn’t been all bad. I have focused much more on my writing and promotion of my books, and even contributing to a blog created by one of my high school classmates during the time of the coronavirus. You can check it out here. View from our Windows. I’ve also had time to contribute a few articles to a website focusing on museums, just because I have the time and like to give back. No money involved in either, just the enjoyment to write.
The big news is that I started writing another book about Italy on May 1st, and completed the first draft in just under three months, before August 1st, the shortest time it’s ever taken for me to write a book. Of course, I’ve already gone over it two or three more times, making changes and corrections before I send it to my editor. In case you’re wondering, the book is about Venice, and I’ll be announcing the title sometime soon.
After the edit is finished, more rewriting and revising will occur before a second proofread. Then the last revision, formatting, a cover design, and finally publishing, hopefully before the end of this year. Afterward, I hope to record the audiobook version.
My other exciting news is about my second novel, A Cure for Deceit, the sequel to Critical Cover-Up. I am happy to announce that it has received three awards. I’ll be attending the virtual Florida Writers Association conference in October and will find out then whether A Cure for Deceit will win one of its top awards. Fingers crossed and stay tuned for news.
- 2020 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist in the Thriller category from the Florida Writers Association
- 2020 Book Excellence Award finalist.
Thanks for allowing me to share my latest news with you, and once again, I appreciate all of your support. In case you’re curious, there will be a third novel to follow, but I will not start writing it until next year some time. So until then, send me any feedback about plot ideas or twists, because anything goes.
For more information on any of my books, see my Books by Margie page.