Okay, my friends, today, my newest novel, LITTLE MILESTONES is official and is on the market through Amazon (coming in days to Barnes & Noble). While this is not a true sequel to Inn Significant, it does tap into those characters as they become a part of Little Milestones and the lives of Olivia and Nan. The new book is set in beautiful St. Michaels, Maryland, and as you may have surmised, I have a slight obsession with the Eastern Shore. There are also some scenes in Annapolis because I love my home state so much.
I think of all the books I’ve written, this one has made me the most nervous to write. I started it last year during National Novel Writing Month and truly finished it two weeks ago. It’s not always easy to write–as many of you fellow writers know–and I’m always second-guessing myself as to whether or not it’s “good enough to put out there.” At some point, after living with these characters for so long, you get a sense that it’s time to publish. If you liked Beneath the Mimosa Tree, you might like this one because it is told from alternating perspectives throughout the novel. And if you liked Inn Significant, you may like the setting and characters included in here. I hope you like hearing from Nan, Olivia, Miles, along with insights from Milly, Ben, and the host of characters I put in here (along with a couple of visits to local Inn Significant, as well).
This is my longest novel to date, the one that gave me the most agita, and the one I am most nervous about because you never want to disappoint with a follow-up book.
If you’d like to come in person to our kick-off on campus where I will have books to sign, feel free. I would love to see you. Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7 p.m., Stevenson University, Owings Mills Campus off Owings Mills Blvd in the Claire Moore Room at the top of the hill. Hope to see you, and as always, thanks for the support!
Stephanie Verni is the author of Beneath the Mimosa Tree, Baseball Girl, Inn Significant, The Postcard and Other Short Stories & Poetry, and Little Milestones. She is Professor of Communication at Stevenson University, as is the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory & Practice with Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse.