I have plans for a follow-up, stand-alone historical fiction novel, and I began writing it... But I had to postpone it to start painting the house... So I thought I could publish a children's book that was already written... And now my daughter is begging me to write a romance novel for teens, and how can I say no to that? So I've started that one too... We're also planning to get into upscaling and selling furniture and antiques... And I'll be homeschooling a ninth grader this year... Who also has ADHD and is in the middle of writing three different stories of her own. (And who insisted that the mustache cupcakes were relevant to this post.)
So I can tell you what the next novel will be about, but I'm not even going to attempt projecting a release date. And who knows? I might finish the historical romance novel first, as it's easier writing since it's about a previously researched time period (The Oregon Trail) and written from the first person perspective.
They say that life is all about seasons, but this one feels like a whirlwind! So here's the teaser for the next Historical Fiction Novel:
From Fields of Promise
Belonging neither to the South where its sympathies lay, nor to the North which held it captive, Maryland’s Eastern Shore must forge a new path through the havoc left by the Civil War.
Mariah Wright, a Confederate widow, has to find a way to keep her husband’s farm from falling into poverty and ruin. Most of the slaves have headed north to freedom and there aren’t enough hands to work the fields. Left with the care of her aging mother-in-law and young sister-in-law, Mariah strives to carry the burdens the war has left her.
Isaac Roberts, a veteran of the Confederate Army, returned from Appomattox to discover that the life he left behind has moved on without him. Disillusioned from the loss of a cause to which he had given everything, and damaged from the savage realities of war, Isaac fears he has nothing left to live for.
With nowhere else to turn, Isaac accepts the challenge of helping a fallen comrade’s widow save all she has left of her husband’s legacy. As the fractured nation struggles to come together after four bitter years of fighting, Mariah and Isaac must find their place in a world which has changed forever.