PeopleFish anticipated publication date: January 23, 2017

The many good people at NineStar Press  have been hard at work! This manuscript was edited twice before I submitted it, and three more times since. I sunk my teeth into revisions with the hunger of a writer about to publish her first book. Working with NineStar Press made me a better craftswoman of words; their editors taught me about fiction writing, and certainly built a way better book than I submitted for publication.

PeopleFish should be available soon both in print and e-book formats. I can hardly contain my enthusiasm because I gave birth to this quirky little novel quite accidentally. If you’d like to hear the story of its origins, write to me here and I will share the short story in a post!



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    1. From Medella: On New Year’s Eve, 2012, my partner and I were on a cozy California getaway with our dogs. At the time, I’d been teaching language arts to seventh and eighth graders and when my spouse pulled out a book to read by the fire, I took out my iPad to write. Since I’d recently asked my students to write fiction, which is a challenging genre for writers of any age, I wanted to empathize with them. I wrote three totally random leads and did some free writing for each one to stretch it into a paragraph or two. When my partner looked up from her book to ask what I was doing, I explained. Then she asked me to read one aloud. I selected the scene that began in a waiting room. Not one to flatter or gush, my spouse told me she liked it, and encouraged me to keep going.
      That was all I had. No plot, no plan, and certainly never a notion that I could write a book.
      I somehow managed to create a few characters I fell in love with. They quickly took residence in my mind and heart. There were many more steps ahead, but the next one involved me getting up the courage to ask a dear friend (who is brilliant, well read, and generous with her time) to check out the few chapters I’d drafted and weigh in. To say she offered guidance would be an understatement. We met for brunch and she offered ample verbal feedback, and provided me with several yellow legal pad pages full of notes and suggestions. There are a handful of amazing people in my life who got PeopleFish off the ground and into print. Being a novice writer, I had no clear perspective on the quality or value of the story I was weaving, and these wonderful humans invested their time and truths in me and my project.
      Sadly, it was on that trip that my late, great dog, Harry, began coughing horribly. I knew intuitively that this big hearted dog I’d adopted from the SPCA, who’d been a classroom service dog and a volunteer at nursing homes, was gravely ill. It turned out to be an aggressive and incurable form of cancer, and we lost him less than two weeks after I started writing PeopleFish. Part of the reason I worked on the manuscript obsessively was to dull the pain of our loss, or at least recycle my grief into purpose. Actually, I don’t wish to lose the pain I feel over any loss or any love. The depth of our pain is the measure of our love after all.

      If anyone wants to hear more, there are all manner of tasty twists to the story of the origins of this quirky little accidental novel…

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