I am now back from the lovely city of Matera, where I spent four days brainstorming with a group of fantastic women (and one man). We stayed at the Locanda di San Martino, a lovely hotel in the Sasso Barisano district of Matera’s historical center.
The brainstorming session was led by Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency. She did a fantastic job of inspiring us and helping us to view our writing projects from different angles. Author Liz Jennings arranged the brainstorming session–hats off to her for managing to bring together so many people for such an inspiring time. It was exactly what I needed, and I’ve already begun working on my new project.
So what do I know so far about my new project? Well, I know it revolves around a café that played a role in another manuscript I wrote. The café is called Another Latte, which is also the name of my old blog. The main characters names are Milo Hedlund and Erin Foster. There are two little girls involved in the story–Lily and Saffron. I think I may add a foray to Italy to the storyline–perhaps a romantic trip that goes awry? Add a few assumptions and misconceptions, a cock-up or two and it should all go well in the end.
So brainstorming buddies–you know who you are–thanks for helping me think my way through a few character tangles! I will be sure to include you all on my acknowledgements page. 🙂
That’s it for now. I’m in the mood to watch “Young Victoria”… I may have another author interview for us next week. I am still working on a new set of questions. If you’ve got some questions you always wanted to ask a writer, feel free to send them to me.