by Julie, grateful for one last summer like day
One of the interesting things about being a published author is keeping track of where you are in the process for each book. Right now, wearing my Julia Henry hat, I am finishing book 2, just did the copy edits for book 1 Pruning the Dead), and am starting to noodle book 3 a bit so I can weave some clues through book 2. Are you confused? So am I, a bit.
I’m very excited about this series, and can’t wait for you all to meet Lilly Jayne, Tamara O’Connor, Ernie Johnson and Delia Greenway aka the Garden Squad. They guerilla garden and solve mysteries in Goosebush, Massachusetts. Lilly and Tamara have been best friends since they met in nursery school over sixty years ago. I love writing about women who have lived a lot of life, and have plans to live a lot more while making it better for others.
Since this series is about gardens, I’ve been gathering gardening tips from friends and family. I quickly discovered that along with the tips I am getting stories. My Aunt Carol and Uncle George told me about their fathers’ gardens, both of which I remember. My sister Caroline told me about her practice of bringing plants in for the winter. I know about that practice because she decorates them all for Christmas every year. I’ve loved learning about their best plant magic, and getting glimpses into their passion.
I’m thrilled to let you know that the ARCs for Pruning the Dead have arrived, and I am going to give two copies away to readers of this blog! US and Canada entries only. I’ll leave the comments open until October 15.
Also, if you have any gardening tips you’d be willing to share, leave those in the comments as well. I’m gathering them for books 2 & 3!