Although my novel has nothing to do with my beadwork, in a way it has become quite connected to it. When Robin Atkins started the Bead Journal Project in 2007, I had just completed the seventh and final (we thought) edit of Tierra Red and submitted it to the Tony Hillerman Competition. Learning the results of that competition would be six months away. And I needed something to keep my hands busy!
My first BJP piece was done for the book (June 2007 post). I used that wonderful Dover art clip of a beautiful Gibson Girl and had a whale of a time learning how to make a beaded page. Dover Publications was so very gracious in permitting me to use that same image in my book.
The BJP has also become an extended family for me. So many wonderful online friendships have come about because of this fabulous project. Even though I am so far behind in finishing this year's pieces, many have been started and will be showing up here soon.
In the meantime, for those of you who have expressed an interest in Tierra Red, you can click on the book cover to go to my author's blog or go directly to http://outskirtspress.com/TierraRed to check out it's availability -- it is even available in ebook format for those who enjoy that method of reading.
Incidentally, I will be posting character studies and historical points on my author's blog every week. And there will be a contest or two (or perhaps three or four) coming along in the next few weeks and months. Can't have all work and no play, right?
This is going to be one heck of a busy time . . . .