Me and Allen had an article published in Lost Treasure Magazine for June. It is already out even though we haven't seen it yet. I will pick up a few copies this weekend. You can buy one at www.losttreasure.com We talk about diving in rivers and how spooky it is and how to do it. We also have a cool picture of some of the things we have found over the past year or so.
I will be sending out postcards next week to folks all around the US and hope to see people this summer reading our novel at the beach. I can't wait to see a stranger engrossed in Micah's Child while sitting in a chair or on a beach towel at the water's edge.
Diane and I will begin editing manuscripts this summer and hope to have enough clients to keep us busy into the fall. For anyone interested, let us know through this website or through www.micahschild.com
Hello from Mike and Diane. Just a quick note to say thanks for all of you who bought a book during our push in December and to everyone who has bought a copy since Micah's Child was released during the summer. Your support has been inspiring and we hope you will continue to read our work. Thanks again and have a great holiday time of year. D and M
For those of you wondering, the crab is still alive and quite energetic. Perhaps I have discovered a new species of cross-over crab, able to live in fresh and salt water. I will be in Woodstock, Georgia at the Coffee House this weekend signing books. Should be fun. Our novel was chosen by two BNs for their February selection and I will be speaking to the groups. One is in Brandon, Florida on the 28th and the other is in Snellville at the fancy Avenue location on 13th. Drop by for a chat. Mike
In our never-ending quest to find unusual settings for upcoming novels, Mike and I hit the highroad and meandered east on Route 32 to Mt. Orab, Ohio. He thought there might be some trilobites in the area, so he had the bright idea of stopping by the fire department to ask about fossils --we found two paramedics watching television--I guess waiting for an emergency--they looked at us as if we were Martians, so I suggested we stop at the library. The Brown County library was a great help and led us to the House of Phacop in the small town of Peebles, where we met Tom Johnson, one of the leading trilobite experts in the US. His work has been featured in National Geographic and the Smithsonian--His collection includes exquisite examples of Ohio fossils. I really liked the button blanks he had found on the riverbanks nearby. Button blanks are mussel shells that have been used for the making of--what else--buttons. After the buttons have been stamped out of the shell, the holes are left, and the shells discarded. This technique was widely used in the early 1800s--Diane
now that diane has explained button blanks, i will tell you my day. with our newfound knowledge of mother-of-pearl buttons from two hundred years ago, i decided to find my own. my cousin and i went up river to an old town that was founded in the late 1700s. after walking the riverbank for a while, i finally found one piece that looked sorta like the one i had bought yesterday. as i kept walking, i found more and then got in a spot that had quite a few. it was exciting to know that those shells had been tossed out almost two centuries ago and that people all over the young nation had worn the buttons fashioned from the perfect punched-out circles.
And not to forget about the Quakers. As novelists, Diane and I needed some first hand source info concerning Quakers. We went out the road that winds its way along the Ohio River to the small town where Ulysses Grant was born and raised. There we turned away from the river and headed north. Despite a detour that went in cirlces, we managed to find the Quaker couple's house tucked back in the woods on a narrow road. They had a blue pond with a fountain in the middle. We sat in their living room and chatted for an hour or so. Both people had been college professors. They were fascinating and told stories of their childhood, how they met and some tales related to the peaceful nature of Quakers. Not pleased at all with our involvement in Iraq, they still supported the soldiers. Taking notes for an upcoming novel Diane and I are working on, we stayed until it was almost dark. As we left, we mentioned how the gentle demeanor of these two people made such an impression. -It was interesting that they knew Quakers we had interviewed in Fairhope, Alabama for the same novel. The name of the new book is Cry of the Quetzal. ---mike
For Connie--Ethel and Wally are both in their eighties --they are sharp and full of personality. Ethel taught English for twenty years at Bryn Mawr University.