Sunday 29 September 2013

The Story behind ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL - Amazon TOP 100 Bestseller!

Many people have asked me how a former comedy writer and award-winning mystery author ended up writing the Rowena fantasy series. 
Yes, it shocked even me.  Hold on, because this story isn't funny.
It was four years ago.  My mother had been admitted to the hospital for the 38th time, dying. This time, she was in for seven weeks, and I was there for most of it.  As the news got worse and worse, I remember looking at that hospital wall and thinking, "If I could walk through that wall into another world right now, I would."
That night, I went home and started writing Rowena Through the Wall.
I took notebooks to the hospital the next day.  And the next.  I wrote in a fever for weeks, to escape.  At night, I would type the transcripts into a manuscript.
Yes, fantasy.  And I was a writer with a rep in a different genre.
On Sept. 28, my mother's birthday, ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL made the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list (all books.)  She is no longer here, but I could swear Mom is on my shoulder right now, cheering and laughing.

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent romp through time!, September 28, 2013
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This review is from: Rowena Through the Wall: Expanded Edition (Land's End - book #1) (Kindle Edition)
Time travel...what is not to love? I started this book this morning and couldn't put it down. When it ended, I almost cried out NOOOO! The minute I started reading, I was immediately drawn to Rowena and where her travels would take her. I laughed, cried, cheered her on all the way to the last page. I certainly don't want to give away any spoilers but I will admit it was the best $.99 I've ever spent. Sequel? Yes there is and now I'll order that one too since I'll certainly pay the price to pick up more of this incredible story set in Land's End. Loved this book and I'm sure you will too!


  1. Bitter, bitter sweet story. Not funny, but a Happily Ever After ending just the same. Congratulations.

    1. Thank you, Sheri! Yes, it fits my theory that comedy is tragedy barely averted. Or maybe, as in my case, my way of coping with tragedy.

  2. "Make em laugh. Make em laugh. All the world wants to laugh."
    "Laughter is the best medicine."
    And my new all time favourite: "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."
    Mark Twain
    I had to go looking for that one because I have this things about threes. ;)