Just a little heartbroken...

Elizabeth Ogilvie has passed away.

Now, I'm sure that quite a few of her are asking who I'm talking about... Her first book was published in 1944 and her books are still being republished today by Downeast Books here in Maine to the delight of scores of New Englanders who love her books.

Let me explain... my mother was a incredible fan of Ms. Ogilvie's books. My mother grew up in a small fishing community and she identified with the characters of Ms. Ogilvie's books. She passed that love on to me and the first romances that I read was Elizabeth's. All of her books centered around fishing families struggling with the day to day existence on an island off the coast of Maine. They were hard working, hard playing and hard loving families and her books contained such rich descriptions that the reader was transported to the island.

She was an early series writer and as I read I saw her characters grow up and and grow old. They fought, they loved, they mourned and they married. My mother awaited each new book with huge anticipation... and when I started writing I knew that I wanted to bring that same kind of life to my books that Ms. Ogilvie brought to hers.You see... the funny and sad part of all of this is that in January when my book came out I found her address and vowed to send her a copy of my book. I wasn't looking for a quote or even a response... I merely wanted her to know just how much she had inspired my writing. My son became sick in January and my mission to send her the book was forgotten.

I missed my chance.

I've been asked several times about which author inspired me most in my writing. My response is usually the same... it all began on the cliffs of an island overlooking an rough ocean filled with promise and life... I tip my pen to a woman who inspired so many of us... Elizabeth Ogilvie.
And whose life isn't made better with a truly big trophy..." Loreli Gilmore

Yes, I'm quoting Gilmore Girls again... mostly because I believe that when it comes right down to it they are able to strip away so much of what is truly annoyances and fixate on the really important stuff... like a big trophy... or recognition of doing something well... or sometimes, it is simply need for a good bit of reassurance that you aren't totally screwing things up.I'm having one of those days when I could really use a truly big trophy. People who don't write as you do (i.e. family, friends, kids, neighbors) sometimes think that if you sell you are automatically shifted to a higher level in the publishing industry... that no matter what you do it will be snatched up and published to rave reviews and that it can be done without any effort at all.


I sold two books within six months from each other. The first came out in January... the second comes out in July. I have no real idea how the first book did. I'm guessing that it was okay, but certainly not New York Times List stuff. Still, I keep hoping that I'm going to write something that will garner a really big trophy... or just make a really big list. A little recognition and a few less rejections would certainly help. Sometimes it is nice to say "I'm just glad that I was nominated", but there are other times when what you really want to say is...All I want is a really BIG trophy...

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