I just got back from meeting with my publisher, Trish O’Hare of GemmaMedia, in Boston. We had a great time discussing launch plans for my new novel, Tiger Girl, the sequel to Dragon Chica. This time around Nea is going to be traveling to California where she will surprise her father, who is still looking for her missing older brother. Ah, the family intrigues continue! I’ll be posting more soon. The novel is coming out this fall.
(This photo with Trish O’Hare was taken in front of the famed 10 1/2 Beacon Street Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in America and one of only 16 members-only libraries. What beautiful art! It’s really a lovely place, full of stacks that members can browse with stunning works of American portraiture on the walls and sculptures tucked into alcoves. At a time when so many libraries are removing books and replacing them with computer terminals, I have to say the Athenaeum was a powerful reminder of the joy of browsing actual, physical, let-me-hold-you-in-my-hands books.)
I also was able to visit the lovely Boston Museum of Fine Arts where I was particularly taken by some of the works depicting what I call “fierce women.”
For example, these polo-playing Chinese ladies:
And this rather interesting porcelain figurine (made in Germany circa 1720) of Guan Yin:
And how about this 1803 portrait by William Jennings of “Mrs. Cephas Smith and Child”?
Overall I had a great trip and feel energized as we prepare to launch Tiger Girl in 2013!