Where would a good story be without conflict? Slowly but surely my cast of characters for this new book are forming; their personalities, the physical descriptions, attitudes, etc. One of the biggest challenges for a writer is to create multi-dimensional characters.
Main character Amy Murphy lives in a fictional Midwestern town called Berryville. She is regretting her choice to turn down a well-paying job in Chicago so she can keep any eye on her grandaunt Agnes Harper. Agnes in turn is lonely and widowed, and consoles herself by talking to her late husband's framed photo as she creates a crazy quilt embellished by items brought home by her kleptomaniac tabby William. Agnes's neighbors have their own conflicts; Harvey Dilwood, also elderly, is estranged from his grandson Douglas. Joe and Helen Barstow risk losing their home to foreclosure. And Agnes's caregiver Mara is grieving the loss of her first child while her soldier husband is overseas.
The small town's police officer Bill Drinski faces a crisis of his own when Harvey's grandson returns to town. They played football in high school but their lives took drastically different directions, and a major conflict occurs when they meet again.
So, things are coming along--just wanted to let everyone know I am back and happily creating!