Inspired by a real-life murder that threatened to topple the powerful Hapsburg dynasty in the 17th century, The Bloodletter's Daughter imagines how one young woman holds more power than she thought possible. Join From Left to Write on September 25 as we discuss the The Bloodletter's Daughter. As a member of www.fromlefttowrite.com , I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
Linda Lafferty’s first two sentences captured my attention—in the Acknowledgments!
“First and foremost, my profound gratitude to my husband, writer and editor, Andy Stone. For twenty-seven years, he suffered the heartache of publishers’ rejections along with me.”
Oh, my, this is a good writer and yet she had to continue to write for twenty-seven years before the industry recognized her. AND, the industry has changed and is changing so much that twenty-seven years could be longer in today’s world.
These two sentences tell me two things: My editor and writing mentor is so on target when she keeps pounding it in to my head—keep writing, it’s the process. And, second, I need to be open to the various layers of publishing available today that were not available 27 years ago.
My kudos to Linda Lafferty for persevering when she knew her heart belonged to writing. Congrats!