Saturday, June 9, 2012

Welcome to Pens on a World Map!

Helloooo there!

Yes, I am alive. I've just been writing a novel.
Past readers, you may have noticed this blog has undergone a bit of a change...yet only by one letter. I have officially changed my blog name from Pins on a World Map to Pens on a World Map. The change is for two reasons: 1) I can encompass more of what I love with the new name - travel and writing and 2) I recently completed my first novel manuscript and I need to focus my blog more on writing.

But what can I say...

My travels and writing cannot be separated. That's just how it is. There will be talk of both. :) The debut novel that I wrote involves my most recent trip to Germany and Austria in November 2011.
Me in the beautiful Salzburg, Austria
The lovely Munich, Germany - view from St. Peter's Church
My book is primarily set in Louisiana and in Munich. Here's my synopsis. Please let me know what you think. :)

An American-raised Nazi is sent to Germany before WWII. The story remained hidden over 70 years until regaled by the now elderly woman, who lived it.
The book follows 92-year-old Nona as she recounts her experiences in the depths of the Third Reich to 20-something nursing home employee, Lea Meyer. The story captivates Lea with its first hand glimpse at the Hitler Youth, young love and the life altering decisions that Nona faced.

The war's outbreak and continuation only fueled the importance of these choices when the ultimate resolution must be reached--continue serving the enemy or choose to betray all you have known. Throughout the look into the 1940s Nazi territories and the warfront, Lea's life begins to intertwine itself with Nona's in ways she did not expect. She feels led to trace Nona's footsteps and confront her own issues of loyalty, faith and love.


  1. Ohhhh, I LIKE that idea!! I want to hear more, like why Lea wants to follow Nona's footsteps and what choices Nona made as a young person. How did she survive the war???

    1. Hi Jennifer!

      Thanks!! I'm so glad you come away with those questions. I hope others will be intrigued just the same. Heck, I was intrigued myself before I found out the answers through writing it. :D haha! You're a writer you know what I'm talking about. lol. So what is your manuscript about?

  2. Mine is about two broken souls who finally find each other after decades of life.
    Sarah-A rich Boston girl who marries a BAD guy and suffers 18 years of torment, then is framed for the murder of her 5 children and mother.
    Tag-A Native American man who loses his family in a fire and to the Long Walk of the Navajo (1864 Arizona).
    Tag's white brother (he's adopted by a pioneering family) marries Sarah's sister.
    Eventually Sarah is freed and joins her sister in AZ and falls fast and hard for the Navajo man.
    Conflicts-she is terrified of men and he never wants to marry again.

    What will happen? Does she find his loaded Colt? Can he ever get over the memory of his late wife???

    Stay tuned...

    1. Hi Jennifer! Sorry took me so long to answer back! Wow. Your WIP sounds awesome! Lots of drama, heartache and suspense! That's what we, readers, love. :D How was your research trip out west? It sounded great!