Look out for my novel INVITATION TO PROVENCE in stores in paperback in late June.
And THE HOUSE IN AMALFI - Hardcover in stores in July.
Dear Friends and Readers,
Of course I have to start by apologizing for not writing a newsletter earlier but life has been hectic. I'm in the middle - actually coming toward the end - of another book and my mind is only on getting it to the finishing post. So, to all of you who have e-mailed with your lovely comments on my books, I send you my thanks and good wishes. I so appreciate hearing from you - it brightens my entire long workday.
In answer to some of your questions: my latest novel THE HOUSE IN AMALFI will be in the stores in July. And the paperback of INVITATION TO PROVENCE will be published in June. So I hope those who have written to say you are going on holiday to Italy or Provence will be able to take them with you.
We had quite an adventure last weekend when we went to see a performance of a musical, written by a young man named Ryan Kerr (actually he's 17). He adapted my novel THE RICH SHALL INHERIT into a musical, POPPY. The California Academy of Mathematics & Science, a National Blue Ribbon & Distinguished high school, on the campus of Cal State University raised the money to produce the musical, and it was supported by students, faculty & parents, who all contributed to making it happen. Under the leadership of Debora A. McVay, (English/Drama Dept. Chair), Dr. Kathleen Clark (Principal), and many other creative, hard-working, and enthusiastic people, too many to mention individually, they created a glorious evening for all of us.
This remarkable young man wrote all the music, and with collaboration from students and colleagues, also adapted the book and the lyrics.
It was quite an achievement and I - and my friends - enjoyed it immensely. It was quite something to hear my words on stage and see my characters come alive. And Poppy herself was wonderfully played by Jennifer Hom, a girl who sang her heart out (and also contributed creatively). Of course there were hilarious moments when for instance, a character is talking about her twin babies but holding only one - until someone remembers and rushes onstage with the second baby. Or when the character Carraldo is mortally wounded but gets cheerfully up to sing his goodbye.
These young people created all the scenery, backdrops, props and costumes. They also had a twenty-seven piece orchestra and everyone had tremendous spirit and enthusiasm. This school is known for it extremely high academic achievements, and they don't even have a Music Department!
There's no doubt young Ryan Kerr is going places. His ambition is a Broadway musical - so watch out for Ryan Kerr's name - in lights - some time in the not too-distant future.
Meanwhile, on the home front, my kitties Sweet Pea and Sunny are keeping us entertained and on our toes. We converted our swimming pool to salt water - no more nasty chlorine - I might even be tempted to go in it now. The weather is glorious and I have no time to enjoy it since I'm still hard at work. But in August we return to France for several weeks - I can't tell you how much we are looking forward to that.
I hope you enjoy my new book, THE HOUSE IN AMALFI as much as the others - and I'll keep them coming...
My best wishes to you - especially all of you who write to me. Once the 'writing' ordeal is over I'll try to get around to some answers.
Read my Spring 2004 newsletter