I’m baaacck!

Hellloooo! I’m back from no-words land. My husband and our pretty lab Josie have been traveling and slowly moving from Texas to our new home in Florida. We both grew up in Florida, have a sibling here, and few would argue that the climate in Florida is better than in Texas. So here we are.

My husband, who spoils me pretty bad, has painted my new office peach opal. That means it’s light peach. And put together a new Ikea desk and bookshelves for me. And planted a blooming vine outside my window. So I’m good to go.

We arrived in June in time for the monsoon. After years in Texas, I’ve loved the rain, and all the green everywhere. All the parks around here have signs reading Watch Out for Alligators, or Do Not Feed the Alligators. (Some foolhardy folks toss marshmallows to them. Tch.) I was sure we would be at the beach every other day, and we did that for a while. But, you know, ho hum, another day in paradise. Haven’t been in weeks.

We’re still getting the house into shape. We want all our Texas friends to come see us, and we do have the guest bed set up, but that room is aesthetically a disaster. Trying to be patient, but you know, I wanted the house to be perfect from the first, or more reasonably, the second day.

Anyway, I’m back in business, so to speak. The book I’m working on is again set in ante-bellum Louisiana and fictionalizes a very real slave rebellion just north of New Orleans in 1811. I’ll tell you more about that as I get further into the book.

That’s all for this time.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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