This afternoon, most of the Book Team for the Rose Island Lighthouse Book Series met here for a barbeque in our backyard. My husband, Chris—who has become completely obsessed with smoking meat!—was kind enough to cook up a brisket, ribs, chicken, and a half-dozen sides to feed many of the folks involved in creating Wanton at the Lighthouse, the first book in our Rose Island Lighthouse Book Series: Julia Heinzmann (illustrator) came with her boyfriend Adam; Michaela Fournier (graphic designer) arrived with Julian, her boyfriend; Marilyn Harris (researcher), AKA my mom!, joined us from her downstairs apartment; and Chris Madden and Dave LeGere (Woodhall Press, our publishers!) drove up from southern Connecticut to sample Chris’s cooking and talk about the book project. In addition, we were fortunate enough to have fellow-writer Barbara Wanamaker and her husband, Greg, also join us for the festivities. Michaela had printed out dummies of the book-in-progress, so we were all able to review it and discuss possible improvements.
The book will now be revised a few times for its final submittal to Woodhall Press sometime before Christmas, leading up to a publishing date of April 1st, 2019. How exciting!