It seems as though I've been living in a place called Deep Write for an eternity, but it's really only been about 3 months. As of March 31, RIDE A PAINTED PONY is officially in the hands of my editor. I've been working on the book for almost a year, but Deep Write is the place where a WIP (work in progress) finally comes together. It's where the writer lives for as long as it takes to finally sort everything out and get the book finished. While you're in Deep Write, you can't think about much else besides the book. It really feels like you've been gone for a while, or maybe asleep or in a coma. I really sympathized with Tony Soprano in the first few episodes of this season's "Sopranos".
RIDE A PAINTED PONY also has a face now. The cover is on the News page at my website, www.kathleeneagle.com, along with some tidbits about the book and other stuff. I've moved some things around on the site, put up some more doll photos. I've added an entry to the message board sparked by an e-mail from a reader who took exception to some of the references to the Cherokee in my books. I appreciate Michelle's note (she's a loyal fan) and would love to see some discussion of this on the message board. Of course, any discussion (almost) is certainly welcome. I'll be more visible on the message board now that the book is in.
RIDE A PAINTED PONY is scheduled for hardcover release in December. Long way off, I know. I'll try to tempt you with tidbits in the coming months, and I know I've been promising a contest. Will do that, too. For right now, time for the book-is-in office clean up, a few movies, and coming up with a good proposal for the next book.
One note about e-mail--I'm having trouble with my e-mail account. I can receive but not send, and I haven't had time to get on the phone with a tech to get it straightened out. If you've e-mailed and haven't received a reply, that's why. That and "Deep Write."
Thank you for inviting me into your e-mail box. Happy reading!