Jan 12, 2016
by Matt Krueger - The Daily News
When author Laura McBride arrived in Batavia 10 months ago for âA Tale for Three Counties,â it was her first community reading program. Since then, she has added more than 15 other programs around the country.
Her debut novel, âWe Are Called to Riseâ has been a popular choice for book programs, and she shares her experiences in Batavia wherever she goes.
âOf course, âTaleâ will always be first in my heart, and I still talk about (the) program and (the) amazing readers nearly every time I speak,â she said last week through email. âI boast about how well run (it is).â
McBride is in the âfinishing stagesâ of her second novel, but didnât share any details about it.
Hereâs a look at what some of the other past âTaleâ authors are up to.
Howard Frank Mosher (2004, âNorthern Bordersâ): Mosher released his 13th novel, âGodâs Kingdom,â in October and is currently on a book tour to support it.
Julia Spencer-Fleming (2005, âIn the Bleak Midwinterâ): Fans can expect plenty of new material from Spencer-Fleming in the near future. The author is currently working on the ninth book in her Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series, âHid From Our Eyes.â Sheâs also under contract for a 10th book.
âI hope to have a much shorter time between those two,â she said, pointing out that it has been more than two years since her most recent title, âThrough the Evil Days.â âHome life has been very hectic, as my two oldest kids have come back home after college, and I have a third still in high school.â
Jennifer Donnelly (2006, âA Northern Lightâ): Donnelly had a heck of a year in 2015. She released three books â âRogue Wave,â âDark Tideâ and âThese Shallow Gravesâ â and wrote another, âSea Spell.â She also spent a month on the road for a dual book tour.
âI am recovering,â Donnelly joked when reached earlier this week. âIâm taking a little time to catch up on the rest of my life, and to read other authorsâ books, which is such a treat.â
âSea Spellâ will be released in June.
âBeyond that, some new ideas are perking, but itâs too early to talk about any of them yet,â she said.
Mark Spragg (2007, âAn Unfinished Lifeâ): Six years passed between Spraggâs âTaleâ book and the follow-up, âBone Fire,â in 2010. There will be a longer period until his next novel, which he hopes to finish this year.
âI have not been working on anything else, in that this new book has been all-encompassing,â he said.
P.L. Gaus (2009, âSeparate From the Worldâ): Gaus released the ninth book in his Amish-County Mystery Series, âWhiskers on the Lion,â in 2015 to further the adventures of Sheriff Bruce Robertson.
Garth Stein (2010, âThe Art of Racing in the Rainâ): Enzo, the beloved dog who narrated Steinâs âThe Art of Racing in the Rain,â lives on in the new childrenâs book, âHunt For Christmas Trees with Enzo,â which was released in 2015. Stein is also still taking book club invitations for âRacing,â as well as his more recent novel, âA Sudden Light.â
Hillary Jordan (2011, âMudboundâ): Jordan went futuristic with her second novel, âWhen She Woke,â but sheâs going back to the past for her third, âFatherlands,â which is a sequel to her âTaleâ book, âMudbound.â Jordan said she hopes to have âFatherlandsâ completed this year and published in fall 2017.
A film adaptation of âMudboundâ remains in development.
Yannick Murphy (2012, âThe Callâ): Murphy is currently working on her eighth novel, but itâs the news she recently received about her 2014 book, âThis is the Water,â that is most exciting. The film rights have been optioned.
âIt will be fun to see if it ever gets produced,â Murphy said.
Peter Troy (2013, âMay the Road Rise Up to Meet Youâ): Many âTaleâ readers got an update on Troy from the man himself when he visited Albion for a fundraiser in November. As he told people that night, the author is working on the third book of his trilogy, which doesnât have a title yet. His second novel, âEverything Which is Yes,â should have a publication date soon.
The most exciting news for Troy is something he didnât share with the audience at the fundraiser.
âIâve also begun outlining âMay the Road Rise Up to Meet Youâ for a mini-series script and will be working on that during the next several months,â he said when reached last week.
Karen Thompson Walker (2014, âThe Age of Miraclesâ): Thompson Walker has kept herself busy in the two years since her Batavia visit. She has a âvery busyâ 18-month-old daughter, and she just began a six-month stay as a professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.
The author continues to work on her second novel, which she hopes to finish sometime this year.