Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
Saint Patrick is not only the Patron Saint of Ireland, but he is also the Patron Saint of Australia, Nigeria, and Montserrat, which gives him a universal recognition in the Church and in the world. He is "Apostle" by God's design to the Irish worldwide in the same genre as Saint Paul was "Apostle to the Gentiles." Saint Patrick becomes the Patron Saint on March 17 in almost every country of the world, as people celebrate their "Irish-ness" or links with Ireland through family and friends.
Mr. Jack Lai is a Cranston resident (originally from China) and former business owner, who attended one of my recent book signings, telling me he hoped my books would help him with his English. He took my photograph at the signing, and then drew my portrait, which he presented to me tonight. At heart, he's an artist, too. What a beautiful gift from such a kind soul.
There is no greater joy for me, than writing my novels. My current creative adventure, writing a vampire novel is truly a labor of love, as were my other books. It is especially thrilling to include Rhode Island in my work, as there is such rich history here, which can prove to be quite spooky, if you know where to look. Sometimes the truth is scarier than fiction. My research has taken me everywhere from Newport, to Exeter, to Providence and other places around the world. What I love most about this book is, of course, my vampire, a character whom, I believe, you will come to identify with and whose struggles living among mankind will make you wonder about the inherent nature of humanity. While I still have several months to go (I believe) before I finish... I am dying to share it with you. This will be a must-read for Autumn 2018.
"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." -- Rainer Maria Rilke
May 2018 bring all of you unexpected blessings that make your hearts soar, may it awaken newfound passions lying deep within your soul, and may you remember it as one of the most inspirational years of your life.
With 12 chapters of my vampire novel completed, 4 mostly completed and another 4 to go, it's an exciting time, yet frustrating, because I can't wait to finish this novel and share it with readers. As with my other books, sometimes I feel like I'll never get done, which is torture. It's nothing I can rush, however, so I must plug along when inspiration and free time are abundant. Hopefully, within another 2 or 3 months, I will be done and ready to present it to readers. I cannot wait for that day and to see the reaction everyone has to my unique vampire character. I love him!