WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

  Rose Island Lighthouse at Sunset                                                   Photo courtesy of Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

Rose Island Lighthouse at Sunset                                                  Photo courtesy of Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

Last spring, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation contacted me and asked if I might be interested in writing a historical novel about the small, mansard-roofed lighthouse on Rose Island, a tiny 18-acre landmass halfway between Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island. At the time I was trying to make a living at writing so, after exhausting all the funding opportunities I could think of, I spoke at the Foundation’s annual meeting last April and then we parted company, hoping to figure out a way to work together in the future. Then, a few months ago, I accepted a new “day job” as an architect and am once again free to write whatever I want to write. So, I got back in touch with the Lighthouse Foundation.

Although we don’t yet have all the contractual details fully worked out, I’ve begun to write the first book in a series about the Rose Island Lighthouse and the people who once lived there. And I have lots of help, too! My daughter, Julia, will use her considerable artistic talent to illustrate my stories. Michaela Fournier, a gifted graphic designer and friend, is going to design an awesome cover for the book and figure out how all the words and pictures look on the pages. My mother, Marilyn Harris, a retired teacher, has graciously agreed to provide us with all of the research assistance we need. My other daughter, Laura, has signed on to become our Internet/social media guru, updating this website and posting messages on Twitter, Facebook, and the like. And Colin, Chris, and Dave, three great friends I met in my Master’s program at Fairfield University, have kindly agreed to publish the first Lighthouse Book through their Connecticut-based publishing company. With a team like that, the book’s bound to be amazing!

Book One of the Rose Island Lighthouse Series will be about Wanton Chase, a boy who lived in the lighthouse with his grandparents from the time he was 18 months old until he had to go to school in Newport at age seven (1910 to 1917). His grandfather, Charles Curtis was the lighthouse keeper, serving at that post longer than anyone before or after him. Before he died at the age of 99, Wanton Chase wrote down his memories of life at the lighthouse, and I’ve taken those memories and expanded them into short stories. The book is composed of those short stories about Wanton interspersed with brief snippets of history about such subjects as the Rose Island Lighthouse, life in America in 1910, and the duties of a lighthouse keeper. It is written at a middle-grade level so that it will appeal to readers of all ages. And we plan to publish the book in hardcover as well as paperback so that everyone will be able to buy a copy. My publishing friends tell me if we complete the manuscript by September, the book will be available for purchase by early spring 2019.

Although copyright restrictions prevent me from posting excerpts from the new book online, I will post photos and articles about the Rose Island Lighthouse so that you can see why we are excited to write this book. And, beginning Memorial Day Weekend, the lighthouse is open for tours. So, if you happen to be looking for something fun to do this summer, take the Jamestown Ferry out to Rose Island and check out the lighthouse, beautifully restored by the folks of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation. And make sure to check back here to see new stories and postings about the lighthouse and about our upcoming book. See you then!

  The Lighthouses Fresnel Lens                                                         Photo courtesy of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

The Lighthouses Fresnel Lens                                                        Photo courtesy of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

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In a moment of weakness, I agreed to participate in this year's Cycle the Seacoast Event, on Sunday, May 6th. My "little" brother, Dave (who is 6'-2" tall), somehow convinced me that bicycling 25 miles in New Hampshire would be fun! I'm not sure about how much fun it is going to be--I have never been much of a bicyclist, not even when I was a kid--but the ride is definitely for a good cause: the American Lung Association. We are raising money to support the fight against lung cancer, COPD, Asthma and other serious lung diseases and to increase awareness about the importance of lung health.

Please join me in my efforts by making a personal or corporate tax-deductible donation to support the American Lung Association. To make a pledge, please click on the link below.

Thank you in advance for your support!!

MONDAY, APRIL 09, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

Let me tell you... Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough, Massachusetts, is one beautiful book store! On Saturday, BJ Knapp, Gail Ward Olmsted, Tracey Ryan, and I spent two enjoyable hours at Tatuck, discussing the different ways that we became published authors. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the time with those three talented ladies, talking to a great audience of writing enthusiasts. Before our book talk, we ate some excellent sandwiches in the book store's cafe, and then afterward, we spent nearly an hour browsing their fantastic book and gift selection.

Thanks to Tatnuck Bookseller for hosting our book event and thanks to BJ, Gail, and Tracey for a fun afternoon!

 Me, Tracey, Gail, BJ, and our books!

Me, Tracey, Gail, BJ, and our books!

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

Did you know that Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough, Massachusetts, is the largest independent book store in New England? Plus, it has a charming cafe, a well-stocked gift shop, and an entire department devoted to children's books and toys.

On Saturday, April 7th at 2 PM, authors BJ Knapp, Gail Ward Olmsted, Tracey L. Ryan, and I will be presenting a panel discussion at Tatnuck, entitled "Find Out What It's Like to be an Author." With our varied specialties--from women's fiction to romance to mystery to historical fiction--and different paths to publication--from self-publishing to traditional publishing to publication upon receipt of award--the conversation is sure to be lively and informative.

So, on April 7th please check out beautiful Tatnuck Bookseller and join us for our presentation. We'd love to see some familiar faces in the audience. And (as an added enticement) we will be providing snacks!

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

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Laura, Chris, Me, and Catherine at Block Island's North Light

This past weekend, my husband (Chris), younger daughter (Laura), and a friend of mine (Catherine) went with me out to Block Island so I could do a Frozen Voices presentation, mostly for the folks who live on the Block year-round. I must admit to being a little worried about the ferry ride to and from the island, because--ironically!--I am not the best "boat person," often becoming quite seasick at the slightest provocation. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. The seas were calm and the weather was beautiful...in the high 40s. A perfect day for a ferry ride...or two!

The book event was held at the Island Bound Bookstore, near the island's post office and was well-attended by lots of islanders. I love doing book talks and enjoy them even more when members of the audience are related to real-life characters in my book! Since many Block Islanders in 1907 were involved in rescue efforts for the Larchmont passengers, quite a few of the audience members Sunday were connected, in some way, to characters in Frozen Voices. After my talk, I loved hearing all of the interesting stories people told about the disaster.

Thank you to Susan Bush, the incredibly nice owner of the Island Bound Bookstore for organizing and hosting Sunday's event. Susan was even kind enough to lend us her car before the reading so that we could take a tour of beautiful Block Island and see again some of the places mentioned in the novel. Thanks a million! I hope to be able to do more events with you in the future. They're so much fun!

And thank you to Kristin Bauman, the director of the Island Free Library, co-sponsor of the book reading. Kristin was instrumental in assisting with the publicity for the event and provided the projector and screen I used for my presentation. Thanks, Kristin!

And three more thank-yous: to Chris, Laura, and Catherine, for coming with me to the Block and for helping out in so many ways. Catherine ran the projector and provided me with interesting/distracting conversation on the ferry so I didn't get seasick. Laura kept me company and said very nice things about my presentation. And Chris drove, carried, and did anything else that needed to be done...my best friend, my husband, and an all-around great person!

It was a wonderful day that I'll never forget!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

Happy Valentines Day!

 Jessica and me at the beautiful Barrington Public Library!

Jessica and me at the beautiful Barrington Public Library!

And a HUGE shout out of thanks to Jessica D'Avanza and the other folks at the Barrington Public Library for hosting a great Frozen Voices presentation/reading last night! So many people came out on a chilly night to hear me talk about my novel. Everyone seemed to enjoy the presentation and then asked so many great questions afterward. As a special treat, one gentleman who attended, Al Pointe, showed us all a piece of the SS Larchmont, collected from the bottom of the Block Island Sound during a scuba dive to the wreck. Thanks Al!

 The  Larchmont  artifact from Al Pointe

The Larchmont artifact from Al Pointe

I also was honored to have Howard McVay, nephew of Captain McVay, in the audience last night. After my presentation, Howard graciously introduced himself and shared some of his memories of his uncle. Thank you, Howard McVay, for the opportunity to meet you.

The publication of Frozen Voices has provided me with so many new and wonderful experiences for which I will always be extremely grateful.

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Lynne Heinzmann

And now for something completely different...

For the past few years, when I'm not busy writing, I've been trying my hand at making stained glass pieces. The creativity and craftmanship of it seems to work well with my personality, for some reason. 

I thought you might appreciate seeing one of the projects I've completed lately. It is a piece made from a bicycle sprocket for a local bike shop. Enjoy!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

If you are looking for something fun to do to get you into the Spirit of Christmas, please consider joining us this evening at 7 pm at the St. Francis de Sales Church Hall in North Kingstown, RI, for a radio play production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The performance, which is free and open to everyone, will include the choir beautifully singing many much-beloved Christmas carols, too. After the show, there will be a reception with homemade Christmas treats. This will be my first (and possibly last!) attempt at being a cast member of a theatrical production, so please come out and share the fun!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

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Thank you to Christiann and everyone at the Rockport Library for hosting a wonderful book event on Thursday! Ellen Alden, author of Yours Faithfully, was absolutely delightful and her presentation was fascinating. Who knew a bundle of Civil War letters could become the basis for an entire novel!

The library audience listened very carefully during my presentation about the narrators for Frozen Voices and then asked great questions afterward. Thanks!

And, a special thank you to all of the members of the Heinzmann/Raymond family, who made the trip to the library to see this presentation. Your support means a lot to me!

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

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Tonight, Ellen Alden and I will be appearing at 7 pm at the Rockport Public Library (17 School Street, Rockport, Massachusetts) as part of their From Inspiration to Publication program. Ellen and I will be discussing our writing processes and sharing how our first books were published. The presentation is free and open to the public. Please stop by!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

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Last night, I was fortunate enough to be included in Fairfield University's MFA Authors Book Fair, held on campus at the Kelley Center. Joseph Reynolds, Ben Fine, and I read from our novels and then were joined by other alumni authors and guests for book signings and fellowship. The refreshments were delicious. 

Thank you to Sonya Huber and Elizabeth Hastings for organizing the event and thanks to all the attendees for coming!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

My thanks to everyone at the North Attleborough Historical Society for a fun event Monday night. They invited me to their monthly meeting and then were a great audience while I spoke about George McVay, the captain of the doomed Steamship Larchmont and a narrator for Frozen Voices. One of the meeting attendees was even related to someone who had perished in the disaster!

I love doing book talks!

 At the Adamsdale Schoolhouse in North Attleboro, MA

At the Adamsdale Schoolhouse in North Attleboro, MA

 This woman had a relative on the  Larchmont !

This woman had a relative on the Larchmont!

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

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Last night, I had the opportunity to appear live on WEMF Radio, based in Boston. Max Bowen, the radio show's host and producer, and I spent a fun half-hour discussing Frozen Voices, my writing process, and the two new novels that I am currently working on. This was my first time appearing on a live radio show and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thanks so much to Max and the folks at ARIA (Association of Rhode Island Authors), for making the interview possible!

Friday, September 22, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

Earlier this week, I received boxes in the mail from New Rivers Press that contained 50 copies of Frozen Voices. (Thanks, Nayt!) No matter how many times I receive shipments of my books, I will never get over the joy of slitting open the boxes and seeing all those copies of a book that I wrote. It gives me such a thrill! Now, if I could just entice a literary agent to get excited about one of my other novels!

 Box from New Rivers Press

Box from New Rivers Press

Monday, September 16, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

Thanks to all of the wonderful family and friends in Westville, Illinois, who made my trip out there such an enjoyable one! On Tuesday, September 7th, I gave a book talk at the Westville Public Library, talking about Frozen Voices narrator, Anna Jensen, reading two brief excerpts from the novel, and answering some great questions from the audience. Quite a few folks turned out for the event, including some family members I haven't seen in years. Afterward, my Aunt Patty was kind enough to invite us all back to her lovely home for some yummy chocolate cake--a perfect end to a great day!

 Me in front of the library marquee

Me in front of the library marquee

 Some of my wonderful family members who attended the book talk

Some of my wonderful family members who attended the book talk

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

I spent this past weekend at the Hollihock Writers' Conference in New Bedford, Massachusetts and had a WONDERFUL time! The presenters were clear and concise, the workshops were helpful and informative, and the attendees were friendly and very interested in lending a hand to fellow-writers. Congratulations to Dominic and the other folks who organized the conference for a job well done. I definitely plan to attend again next year (the last weekend in August) and strongly encourage other writers to come too!

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Website: https://www.hollihock.org/

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

Thanks to Myra, Jennifer, Stacey, and all of the others at Barrington Books Retold in Garden City, Cranston, Rhode Island, for a great book event last night. We discussed the history contained in Frozen Voices--focusing on narrator, Sadie Golub--and then I read two brief excerpts from the novel. The bookstore is fabulous (it has a HUGE section full of children's books and educational games) and I greatly enjoyed the event. Thanks a million!

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

If you are looking for something fun to do this evening, please join us for a Bingo Night fund-raiser for the Davisville Free Library! It is being held in the St. Francis de Sales Church Hall on School Street in North Kingstown, from 7 to 9 pm tonight. A bingo card for 9 games only costs $20 at the door, there will be cash pay-outs for every game, and light refreshments (desserts and sodas) will be sold. So, come spend your Thursday evening with us and help support one of the best libraries around!

Check out the library website for more information:http://davisvillefreelibrary.org/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

 The South County Rounders

The South County Rounders

Chris and his band, the South County Rounders, are playing a free gig at the North Kingstown Free Library tomorrow night! Wednesday, July 26th @ 6:30 p.m. at 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI. If the weather is nice, the concert will be on the library's front lawn (bring lawn chairs and bug spray). If it rains, the show will move inside, to the library's conference room. Come on down and hear some excellent bluegrass/old timey music!

 

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Lynne Heinzmann

 Beautiful Block Island

Beautiful Block Island

A huge thanks to Susan and the rest of the folks at Island Bound Bookstore on Block Island for making us feel so welcomed for my book presentation/reading there on Saturday! The audience was enthusiastic, the weather was beautiful, and we all had an absolutely wonderful time! This time, I concentrated my presentation on Sadie Golub (one of the narrators of Frozen Voices) and on her connection to Block Island.

 Cozy and adorable Island Bound Bookstore

Cozy and adorable Island Bound Bookstore

After the reading, we discussed the possibility of me doing another presentation on Block Island, in February on the 111th anniversary of the Larchmont Disaster, this time at the Island Free Library. Stay tuned for more specific information. Should be fun being on the "Block" off-season!

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer, too!