Life is returning to normal — sort of

It’s been quite a month.

The first week of September, I was in California packing up my mom’s house and bringing her back with me to Maine.

The second week of September, THE KEEPSAKE was released and I headed out on book tour.

The third week of September, my son landed in the hospital, and I halted my book tour and headed to Syracuse to stay with him. After a week, he was finally released and is recovering nicely.

Now it’s the fourth week of September, I’m back home in Maine, and the storm formerly known as Hurricane Kyle is bearing down on us. As I’m getting ready to head out again on book tour.

If this were a novel, an editor would probably tell me, “There’s too much crisis going on. It’s just not realistic.” In fiction, we novelists have to stick by this rule called “believability.” Which means no coincidences, no melodramatic twists and turns, no characters doing insanely stupid things.

But in real life, there are no rules. And unbelievable stuff happens all the time.
Thank you, everyone, for all the kind comments about my son!

10 replies
  1. tuttle
    tuttle says:

    Realism vs fiction…yeah, thats funny. Even more so as it has all happened in just a month’s time!

    I like the other rule where you HAVE TO jump right into the action in your novel or else you’ll lose the reader. (not to mention not even make it past the agent/editor as you try to get the book published)

    And yet, I read book after book by authors who have multiple books to their credit and it’s nothing but page after page and chapter after chapter before anything interesting happens. Ah, well. Such is the nature of the beast.

  2. NewMexicanAnn
    NewMexicanAnn says:

    In the land of novels, yeah, editors may not go for that kind of thing. But in the world of soap operas, it’s called normal everyday storyline. 😀

    My love to everyone on your end, Tess, and continued prayers!


  3. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    Glad things are getting back on schedule for you! And sorry about the storm, I had no control over its path. You’d think my namesake hurricane would listen to me, no?

  4. drosdelnoch
    drosdelnoch says:

    Hey Tess,
    All your missing now is Spock’s love child to pop up. LOL

    Seriously though, pleased that youve gotten through it all and the families fine. As to the you can’t believe its happening when its used in fiction, yep, thats right, history is full of examples of that when you read into it and yet the call authors to far fetched. LOL

    Have loads of fun on the tour and remember washing is only a Fed-Ex away. LOL

  5. Abe
    Abe says:

    Good Morning, Tess,

    When life gives you a dilemma, you make “dilemmonade.” When I heard about Kyle hitting the coast of Maine, I thought of you automatically. Boy, you’ve been though hell and back, but you’re such a strong woman, I’m sure you’ll bounce back and you’ll get though this, too. I am so glad your son is OK. But, September is now on it’s way out, and let’s hope October brings you better news. Hang in there, Tess! Good luck with Kyle, and the best of luck on tour. See you on the 28th. Love ya!

  6. emineminy
    emineminy says:

    You know, in life I often catch myself doing something stupid and I think, “You would never let your characters do something that idiotic. Why are YOU doing it?!” I guess there isn’t enough room in my fiction for the drama my mind creates so it spills over into the real world!

  7. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    Just think Tess-in two days it’s “October Country”-the turning leaves,the cool,crisp weather,the wind whistling through the eaves,and the melancoly air that announces the cycle of of autumn’s arrival.
    There,isn’t that better than hurricanes(in Maine?!)?

  8. jtmillsny
    jtmillsny says:

    Hey Tess,

    It’s great to hear life is finally returning back to normal for you. Now it’s time to really get cranking on that next book =D

    So today I finished The Keepsake. One word: Wow. It was very, very good. Not that I expected anything less, but it shoved Bloodstream right out of the way and now sits right below The Sinner in terms of my favorite books of yours. Honestly, some of the scenes were creepy to the point that I realized I didn’t want to leave the living room in the wee hours of the night after everyone else was asleep because I feared what I could encounter on my way upstairs. I can say the only thing that prevented it from dethroning The Sinner was Maura…she’s my favorite character and I was definitely looking forward to some interaction between her and Jane, but there wasn’t two much of that. But trust me, saying that is being incredibly picky. You should be truly proud of this one.

  9. PackingPadre
    PackingPadre says:

    I’m delighted that life is returning to normal, pleased that your son is on the mend, and delighted with “The Keepsake.”

    My prayers are with you and your family,and we in Maine certainly lucked out with Hurricane Kyle.

    Father Daniel Beegan

  10. therese
    therese says:

    A few years ago I told a friend, “I have to stick to fiction, no one would believe the truth. Now I’m writing non-fiction.”

    I just finished The Mephisto Club and have to say – you’ve got it right. It’s a masterful journey through beliefs and fears, secrets and STORY. Great job, I’m so looking forward to reading more of your backlist.

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