That melancholy feeling…

Joshua Tree desert... and the 29 Palms Motel

I know I’ve been a terrible blogger over the last couple of months. I’ve been lost in ‘The Novel in the Viola’ and needing to put all my scribbling energies into finishing the m/s. It is now complete and will be winging its way to the copy editor sometime next week. I feel very strange about having finished. I love the world and the characters in ‘Viola’ so much that I’m rather bereft. The edits have taken a while as I think that part of me doesn’t really want to leave the world — Tyneford, Mr Rivers and Kit, have been such an integral part of my life for so long.¬† Poor Jocasta (lovely editrix at Sceptre) is now trying to prise the book out of my clammy hands, using bribery (pictures of the really, really gorgeous cover etc. I’m hoping for more biscuits). I don’t know why, but I feel sadder and stranger having finished this book than I did when I came to the end of ‘Mr R’. Something about the sweep of the Viola’s story, perhaps…

Mr S and I have been in L.A. for the last month and are now back home in damp Dorset. It was amazing and included road trips to Big Sur and Joshua Tree…

Finally, I am about a month behind in replying to comments and e-mails — which I know is terribly rude. Jack Rosenblum as a proper English gentleman would certainly not approve. I will catch up over the next week. If you haven’t heard back from me by then, it means that your e-mail address has bounced back. I really appreciate all your e-mails and comments¬† — they make my day — so please continue to write, and I promise that I will get back to you very soon.

2 Responses to “That melancholy feeling…”

  1. Alis Hawkins says:

    Hi Natasha! Congratulations on finishing The Novel in the Viola – hope the melancholy feeling doesn’t last over long…

  2. Kate says:

    It’s always hard, letting go of characters you love – but what’s really great is that next your we’ll all be able to love them too!
    :-)

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