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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Why I Dream of Water

Although ASHES TO WATER isn't my first book, it is a first novel; therein lies my debut. My knees creak when I curtsy, so I'll bow and hope my back doesn't give out.

It's been ten years since I celebrated the publication of my first book, RULES OF THE LAKE, a collection of linked short stories set in pre-Disney Florida. I don't live in FL anymore, but it draws me as the moon draws water.

Water drenches the stories I tell, washes over settings, drips from hat brims and rusted gutters. We are made of water. It courses through us and draws us like magnets to our primordial beginnings. I was born in it, grew up in it, lift my face to it. Water is playground and death trap; sustenance and enemy, and I can't stop writing about it.

In ASHES TO WATER, an arsonist is turning a small Florida town to ash. When Annie Bartlett pours her murdered father's ashes into the same lake that claimed her mother, she acknowledges the circle of life which gives and takes away. Only after she makes peace with loved ones, both living and dead, does Annie glimpse in her father's sinking ashes the flashing glints of hope and healing.

The third Annie Bartlett book (under construction) is THE FACE OF THE DEEP, another mystery/thriller where water has a major (nonspeaking) role. As Annie searches for her missing sister and niece during Florida's rainy season, she is forced to come to terms with her mother's mysterious drowning, and the rippling repercussions still playing out in her sister's life, and her own.

Florida, water, murder. Welcome to my world.


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