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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Celebrating the Sending of a Manuscript, Here's the Story

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 6, 2012

Celebrate with me! I just clicked the send button! With a great "Woo-hoo!" AN UNHOLY COMMUNION, book 3 in the Monastery Murders is on its way to the publisher!

Strapline: "A quiet Welsh Pilgrimage becomes a life-and-death struggle between good and evil"

People often ask me how long it takes me to write a book. This one has been quite a model of efficiency. Here’s the saga, beginning with that all-important research trip:

The idea rattled around in my head and in notes on my computer for some time, but by early in 2011 they were well enough formed that I was planning my research trip. I needed two things: to experience a walking pilgrimage to understand how these things worked and to visit southern Wales again to brush up on earlier research I had done there.

Because I am a member of the Guild of Our Lady of Walsingham I knew the pilgrimage I wanted to join: a youthwalk from London to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk (126 miles) with a group celebrating the 950the anniversary of the founding of the shrine. I applied to join them as an over-age pilgrim and was accepted.

 

 

 

 

And then a great gift arrived in the form of a simple telephone call on a Sunday afternoon. Dolores Gordon-Smith, my sister mystery writer in Manchester, England, rang to say she would accompany me— more than accompany, she would drive— through Wales.

 

 

 

As soon as my blisters were healed came the writing: through the fall and winter, interspersed with the November birth of a granddaughter in Canada, a lovely family Christmas in Los Angeles and our son’s wedding in Kansas City in January. And yet the story found its inevitable form following Ordnance Survey Explorer maps and with frequent references to my pictures and research notes. Ideally, at the rate of 5 pages a day. Some days.

Then the nerve-wracking waiting to hear from my commissioning editor as he shepherded the proposal through seemingly endless committees across the ocean. And at last, the arrival of the contract bound in its classy cover.

Followed with breathtaking speed by a preview peek at the preliminary cover!

Then more rewriting, again interspersed with family events: birthdays, ballets and concerts in California, a graduation in Indiana.

And today, that wonderful moment of pushing "send." To be followed, of course, by more months of editing and rewriting. Publication date? January 2013.

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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There's nothing like that 'finished' feeling is there? Although there's an amazing amount of work still to come with editing and page proofs. I've reached the final tying up of ends for my book of prayers 'It's Just You and Me Lord ' - I hope. Just checking a few last'snags' in the page proofs, and then I'll really be able to say FINIS.
-marionstroud, June 7, 2012

Congratulations, Marion. Doing page proofs puts you way ahead of me. I'll be looking for the announcement of your publication. I do know the "It's just you and me,Lord" feeling sooo well!
Got a note from our mutual friend Jan Greenough this morning that my ms is now in her capable hands.

Thank you for writing!
-Donna, June 7, 2012

Woohoo! Congratulations. And what a wonderful trip that sounds!
-SheilaDeeth, June 7, 2012

It was, Sheila. I still keep touch with several of the pilgrims. St. David's was gorgeous, and the driving rain at Penrhys made it into the book.
-Donna, June 7, 2012

Wonderful recounting, Donna. I LOVE your new cover of AN UNHOLY COMMUNION! Can't wait to read it.
-Coco Ihle, June 7, 2012

thank you, coco. My publisher is thinking of redoing the covers of the first two in the series to reflect the mood of this one.
-Donna, June 7, 2012

That's a Moment indeed, Donna--congratulations! The trip sounded so wonderful. What a way to write!
-jennymilch, June 8, 2012

Lovely to hear from you, Jenny. Thank you!
-Donna, June 8, 2012

It's great to think that your book is on its way, Donna! I really enjoyed our trip and am so looking forward to reading about your fictional recreation of some wonderful days in fantastic places
-Dolores, June 18, 2012

Yes, Dolores, we got to have all the fun without the trials Felicity has to put up with!
-donna, June 18, 2012

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