At that time I was just thinking about a writing career. My secret desire was to be a published author. I don't recall ever sharing that with another living person...but perhaps the nonliving heard about it somehow? This talented medium also said someone on this side of the veil named Richard would help get me started. Well, I kept thinking I'd find a publisher or agent named Richard, but I never did.
What actually happened was my zany friend Dick suggested I write a story about tattooed butts. Another friend (our beloved buxom Dalton Diaz) fell in a hole and twisted her ankle, resulting in a couple paramedics taking her to the hospital. These two inspirations resulted in my first paperback Heaving Bosoms.
Now, fast-forward ten years. The above cover was just delivered to me. It's the first in a trilogy which is a spin-off of the Strange Neighbors series. This mass market paperback will be released sometime in Spring of 2013. Don't worry. I'll let you know when I have an exact date. (grin)
Well, getting back to my brother. Today would have been his birthday. He died in 1997. Usually every August 25th his widow will call and we'll talk about my brother and cry. I hate that tradition. I'd much rather remember him my way...with every book I write. I know he would have been proud. Hell, he would have been amazed. I was his "baby sister."
I wrote one book based (very loosely) on my brother and sister-in-law's real love story. It's called Death by Delilah, and I'm sure I must have either dedicated it to him or acknowledged him in it somehow. I don't remember now and I have an appointment I need to rush off to, so I won't be able to look it up until later.
I had hoped that book would be in a a paperback someday, along with a couple others. Immortally Yours was to be a prequil. Then Death by Delilah and the last story would be Giggles by Gabby. (My editor didn't like Life by Lizette, but hey, I could retitle that one and call the three together, Immortally Yours someday...maybe. Just a thought.
How do you feel about anthologies? Love 'em? Hate 'em? I'd like to know!