In the Garden Room - Tanya Eby (Guest Post)

Historical Suspense, Gothic
Date Published: July 18, 2016
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions

It is Chicago. 1910. Eleven-year-old Lillian March looks over her mother’s dead body with a sense of relief.

As a poor woman, her mother, Cora, never had any real choices or happiness with her life. Cora and Lillian flee to the bustling city of Chicago, where she is certain she will have the life of opulence she deserves.

Cora and Lillian face deep hardships in turn-of-the-century Chicago as Cora’s mind continues its downward spiral. With no money and no hope for income, Cora sells Lillian to The Garden Room, a brothel, where young girls and desperate women are kept like flowers in a jar.

John March comes looking for his daughter and his wife in an attempt to rescue them, but even if he finds them alive, is rescue really possible?

IN THE GARDEN ROOM is an exploration of madness, desire and two women’s choices in a time when they weren’t really allowed to choose.

Tanya Eby is a writer and an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has published a variety of novels from romantic comedies to mysteries to dark historical pieces. While her writing crosses genres they all share quirky characters and complicated relationships. 

Visit her at tanyaeby.com or follow her on Twitter @Blunder_Woman.

This Piece Of Advice Helped Me Become A Novelist
By Tanya Eby

For years, I wanted to write a book, but I could never do it. It was too daunting, too much of a commitment, too (frankly) long. I was having coffee with a friend and he’d just given me notes on yet another short story. It was, actually, the same note he’d given me over and over “This is a great story but it feels like there’s so much more here. It feels like a book.”
    “I know, I know,” I said. “But I can’t write a book.”
    And here’s where the advice kicked in.
    “Why?” he asked.
    “It’s too long. I can’t do it.”
    He looked at me and said, “But you can write a short story.”
    “How about a page? Can you write a page?”
    “Obviously,” I said. He’d read hundreds of my pages.
    “How about a paragraph? How about a sentence a day? Could you write a sentence a day?”
    And then I got it. It was that light bulb moment. I couldn’t write a novel. That’s true. I couldn’t sit down and write a novel…but I could sit down and write a sentence. And I could sit down the next day and write another sentence. I could write those two sentences and make them connect somehow, and the next day I could write another sentence.
    That’s all a novel is. A series of connected sentences really. And that, THAT I can do.
    Though I’ve now published seven or so novels, I’ve never thought “Oh, I write books.” I don’t. It’s still too daunting. But every day I sit down and write a sentence, or a paragraph, or on good days a page or two…and eventually…over time…they become a novel.
    It’s modern magic.
    And the best piece of writing advice I’ve ever received.
    Sit down and write a sentence. Tomorrow, sit down again and write another sentence. And just keep on going.

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