Monday, July 9, 2012
7/10/12 - Super Freaky
This past weekend I was babysitting my great niece and nephew (pictured above at McDonald's). They are beautiful children - inside and out, so please don't hold my lack of photography skills against them. ;)
And no, that's not the freaky thing. I bought a book to read while they played at the funny farm (or whatever the indoor playground is called at McDonald's). Somehow I think Great Aunts should know these things but I don't.
Anyway, I thought I would also read the book a little later while I sat on the covered porch with the ceiling fans going, sipping on sun brewed iced tea watching them romp in the blazing sun doing what kids do. Great Aunts are allowed to do that, right?
And no, that's not the freaky thing either. The book itself was.
It is by my favorite fiction author, Nora Roberts, and is titled, "The Witness."
The freaky thing is, the book I'm working on has a ton of similarities. I'm telling you - it freaked me out!
My main character has left the witness protection program, as has hers. My character's given name is Elisabeth (my niece's name and spelling). Nora Roberts' character is Elizabeth. Hers went by the nickname Liz, mine went by the nickname Lizzy. There is a dog that is central to both books. In my book, the dog's name is Bear (named after the last dog I had for 16 years). The dog in Nora's book is Bert. And get this - it is revealed in the book that Bert is named after Albert Einstein. My degree is in Biology and he is my hero! I even have an Albeart Einstein North American Bear that I bought almost 20 years ago!
He is going with me in my RV someday. Aren't his little suspenders and sweater just adorable? Hey, I've already warned you that I am a dweeb. You should have been prepared for this. And don't worry, I am not one of those who can't let her stuffed animals go. He's the only one. He also sat in my classroom. My students thought he was hilarious. It brought humor to science and for middle school kids, that's always a good thing.
BUT I DIGRESS....
There are many things that are different about our stories. Mine is set in Montana, hers in Wyoming. My Elisabeth's love interest is a veterinarian. Hers is the Chief of Police. They also assume different names in their new lives. Thank God! How freaky would that have been!
Oh yeah, and a BIG difference!?! Hers is published. Mine is still in progress. And I hate to admit it wonderful readers but I wrote the epilogue to mine 15 years ago. I finished Chapter 7 in 2008 before my hospitalization, and I'm still working on it! How's that for procrastination?
I will be 54 on Saturday. It will be finished by my 55th or E ≠ mc2.