Just a note to let you know that Roger and I have finished the first couple of drafts of our new project, a historical novel called Shun the Heaven. Shakespeare lovers will recognize the title as a quote from Sonnet 129. There’s a reason for that. The story is set in motion by a chance meeting at a performance of Shakespeare in Detroit in 1845. This leads to the murder of a young wife, an elaborate scheme to frame the husband, and the subsequent mystery of whodunit. The book includes a colorful cast of characters, including an illiterate farmer and his educated daughter, two spiritually inclined sailors from a whaling ship, a confidence man and his diminutive assistant, the bizarre crew of a traveling medicine show, and an escaped slave with an agenda of her own.
For those of you who follow us on Facebook, the original title of this novel was The Rings of Saturn. I liked that title for its symbolic significance, but it was too misleading. Folks would have thought it was science fiction, when in fact it’s a work of historical/mystery/literary fiction.
We are in the process of trying to find an agent for it, in the hopes of selling the book to a major publisher.
Wish us luck! Hopefully it will be coming to a bookstore near you soon–or at least Amazon. 🙂