In this photo, my husband Barry Dimick, and one of my former students, Laurie Montgomery Martin are talking following my book signing at the Altona Town Library. I pray I will be able to visit Altona again this year. I miss seeing my friends, relatives, and readers.

Without book signings, writers have a difficult time getting to meet buyers and sell books. Like everyone else, I’m hating this quarantine. Not only am I getting down on food supplies and toilet paper, I’m also afraid I might not be able to do my yearly book tour to my hometown, Barry’s hometown, and the towns where I lived during my teaching career. The new normal doesn’t sound like normal to me. I’m worried about friends, family, and former students. I’m praying for you all.

By the way, I taught high school English and Communication 101 at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh before I became a writer. I was also the coach of Northern Adirondack Central School’s first girls softball team. Laurie Montgomery Martin was my student, a member of one of the teams I coached, and returned to NACS as a fellow teacher. 

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