When Emilie Loring achieved best-seller status, she had ads in the New York Times and book-signing events at major department stores in Boston and New York. Independent booksellers published weekly newsletters for their customers with reviews of her books and short articles that she wrote for the purpose and sent to outlets across the country. (Thank … More She Found Cheery Titles in a Blaze of Imagination
Emilie read a lot—and not just casually, but critically. She reviewed children’s books for her father when she was young enough to sit on the publisher’s desk, she reviewed her siblings’ plays in her twenties and thirties, and when she began to write in her forties, she wrote book reviews first. So who were the … More Who were Emilie Loring’s favorite authors?
It’s the summer of 1936. The Great Depression lingers, and Lissa’s Aunt Hetty has left her a lighthouse–on its own island, no less–an ideal getaway for a fledgling writer. The rest of Aunt Hetty’s estate was left to Alexander “Lex” Carson. Lex arrives on his best friend’s yacht, ready to claim his inheritance, but he and Tod … More Romance and Intrigue Arrive on a Yacht
Sometimes, things just work out. I wanted to research the Baker family’s theater connections and planned a trip to the archives of my alma mater, USC. When I shared my purpose, archivist Claude Zachary suggested that I might also want to meet Armond Fields, a biographer and the donor of a collection of theater memorabilia. That … More A Lucky, One-time Meeting at the Library
There’s a certain excitement at the beginning of a new venture. There is much to learn, choices to make, a plan to create, and new rewards to enjoy. When I taught, I loved bringing new content into the classroom–figuring out what would connect with students, which examples to use, the experiences to make it real … More Helps on the Lonely Road to Authorship
I think about Emilie Loring’s writing life. She wrote every day at the Athenaeum, had tea with her friends, then went home to her husband, hobbies, and social life. Her writing was carefully compartmentalized, but it was also regularly scheduled. I think about how she managed to balance everything she wanted to do, everything she … More An Abundance of Time for Pleasure
“To the readers of my stories who, by spoken or written word, have recognized beneath the magic glamour of romance and adventure the clear flame of my belief that the beautiful things of life are as real as the ugly things of life, that gay courage may turn threatened defeat into victory, that hitching one’s … More Beautiful Things In Life Are Just As Real