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     A note to my readers who have enjoyed The Cyber Miracles and A Sudden Gift of Fate: I am now framing the story for the third book in this series. Yes, more of Maeve, Andy, Fergal and Brídgeen. And maybe some characters you don’t like will return to stir things up. Expect this novel late in 2011 or early 2012.
     In the meantime, I plan to release my third novel, 317, sometime this summer in e format first (Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, etc.) While it has Irish themes, it will be different from the Maeve Kenny Series. In 2011, look for my fourth novel, The Terminal Diner, to be released in paperback. Again, this book (influenced by my experiences on 9/11) will be much different from my first two novels. It has some characters that I think will tug at your heart as strongly as the ones in these first two books.

     My brother told me last night that a book club in Binghamton is reading “The Cyber Miracles” now. If you’re part of that club, and reading this, please thank all involved for considering my novel. I hope you enjoy it!
     If you, or any other readers, have questions about the story, my inspiration, and the publication date of the sequel, “A Sudden Gift of Fate,” etc., feel free to send me an e-mail here.

     Just finished the first draft of the sequel after a marathon writing session. Phew!
     Now I have to scramble to type up the second draft and get it out to my team of editors (aka, strong-armed fam & friends) with hopefully a publication date before Memorial Day. Stay tuned…

“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone…”

W.H. Auden

     Taking a breather @ 11:11 from writing the climax to the sequel of “The Cyber Miracles.” Phew! Le cunamh Dé, it will be finished by nightfall. First I’ll pause to gives some thanks where it’s due, “the author of life,” then back to scribbling out the story on notepad. Feet don’t fail me now…

“And there the dog was… gone.”
punchline to a joke I can’t remember by George Brennan of Co. Cork

     Back writing after several detours. When last here, I was awaiting word on the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. That morphed into the high holy days gig madness of March 17 and teaching courses for Broome Community College.
     What followed suddenly was unspeakable sorrow. On April 3, shots rang out at the American Civic Association — the center of our ethnically rich community in Binghamton. Fourteen dead in the blink of an eye. A couple days after the tragedy, I re-read “The Cyber Miracles” and was struck by how often I mentioned Binghamton’s ethnic diversity. Ever since my childhood, it has had a profound influence on me and given me wonderful access to the cultures that make this world so fascinating.
     Several years ago I taught Irish language courses at the center. Our dance group, An Fáinne Bán, performed there on many occasions. Three weeks before the shootings, I’d taught an Irish cooking class there. Although I did not know any of the victims, the experience chilled me to the core.
     I admit to being a bit disheartened that my new novel, “The Terminal Diner,” was rejected for the ABNA contest at the pitch level. How frustrating, just as with pitching “The Cyber Miracles” to publishers, no one read a word of the  novel itself. In retrospect, perhaps this rejection was a godsend. There are certain story lines in the new novel that cast a darker view of Binghamton. The timing, for right now, isn’t the best. As my friend Ty used to say, I’m going to let this book “marinate” for a while and then come back for a fresh look. For now, it’s back to complete “TCM’s” sequel.
     The ABNA contest introduced me to a community of writers around the world. One I met should be of particular interest to “Cyber Miracle” readers (and not just because he’s from Fergal’s hometown in County Clare). Eddie Stack weaves wonderful stories of the West of Ireland with characters and settings so vivid and rich, they’ll linger in your mind like peat smoke over Casla Bay. He’s currently on Amazon’s Kindle Irish bestsellers list (No. 3). Along with Clare fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill (just listed by the Irish Times as one of the 50 best music acts right now), Stack recorded four of his best short stories. One listen to his mellifluous voice and you’re transported back to a cottage in the West, sitting by a turf fire as the seanchai Stack spins his artful tales. Spellbinding!
     Stack’s writing and a recent re-read of Flannery O’Connor “Complete Stories” (just reviewed Brad Gooch’s new bio of her at George F. Johnson Memorial Library), have inspired me to get cracking on some short stories that have been bouncing around my assorted notepads for years now. 
     Looks like there’s a lot of writing ahead…

mapleleaf2While walking last week, I noticed shadows of fallen leaves imprinted on the sidewalk. It made me think immediately of a similar sight in Toronto on Nov. 11, 1984. I had just arrived there on the heels of working on a victorious campaign for our congressman. I had fled to Canada to work on a novel with hopes of getting it written — or at least framed out — before returning home.
     After emerging from the subway station, I walked toward my destination — the Karabanow Tourist Home. It was a rainy day and the sidewalk was covered with imprinted shadows of fallen maple leaves. At the subway station, I’d seen an old veteran sporting a red poppy in honor of Remembrance Day — Canada’s version of Veterans Day. The symbolism was overpowering and I remember trying not to step on the leaf imprints out of respect.
     I went to Toronto full of hope that I could get that novel written and published. This was a chance to fulfill a dream that had been building inside of me.
     That novel sits in a drawer; the first draft never was completed. Toronto was exciting, but in November it’s pretty dreary. I returned home and re-entered the work world I’d fled. Jobs came and went and other story ideas began to brew inside of me. This month I’ve been doing some major house cleaning (removing old clutter that had become invisible through the drudgery of my former job) and have come across a few of those ideas. They had similar themes with variations in plot; they were the humble beginnings of “The Cyber Miracles.”
     I haven’t given up on that other novel. It’s still churning in my mind. But as I went on that walk last week and saw those shadows of hopes past, I was filled with such joy. It took 24 years, but today, finally, I can call myself a novelist.
     Never, EVER give up hope!

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About the book

Maeve Kenny's life was going exactly as she'd planned. At 30 she was dating a soap opera star and had an exciting public relations career with an Irish-owned firm in Manhattan. Then three sudden events turned everything upside down, and Maeve found herself fleeing her Queens apartment for sanctuary back home upstate in Binghamton. As she tries to readjust to the dramatic changes in her life, Maeve says she needs a miracle to turn her life around. Who would have thought the whole world would be watching when it happens?

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Listen to an interview on the Isabel-Rose Show on Blog Talk Radio here. Listen to an interview with the author on Bill Jaker's Off The Page show on WSKG FM Radio here.
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