New Release -Webs In The Mist by Maggie Plummer

Today I have a new release for you, Webs In The Mist Book Two in the Jessie Morgan series by my friend Maggie Plummer.  I also have a great author interview with Maggie, hope you enjoy it.

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It’s 1972, and San Francisco is a global mecca for hippies and radicals. In Book Two of The Jessie Morgan Series, 21-year-old Jess can’t wait to join her friend Donna there. Driving her VW down the Pacific Coast, she’s more than ready for the city’s open Bohemian vibe, bongo-mad street life, perpetual protests, and cutting-edge counterculture.

Among the characters she meets are Cat, a tall, fun-loving Sicilian, and Carl, a Harley-riding enigma with bushy red hair. As Jessie gleefully spreads her wings in the City by the Bay, she leaves her stormy past behind.

 Or does she?

This novel is recommended for mature readers due to 1970s-era sex, drugs, and profanity.

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Short author bio: Maggie Plummer is a multi-genre author whose latest novel, Webs in the Mist, is Book Two of her semi-autobiographical Jessie Morgan Series. Like Jessie, she lived in San Francisco during the freewheeling 1970s, riding the cable cars in raggedy bell-bottom jeans. These days the author works from her Montana home near the shores of Flathead Lake, where she loves camping with her sweet black lab, Peaches. Webs in the Mist is Maggie’s fourth published novel.

 

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Hi Maggie, welcome to my blog, please tell us about your book.

Webs in the Mist continues Jessie Morgan’s story, covering the San Francisco years, 1972 to 1975. Like Jess, I lived there in the early ‘70s – an amazing time in that city! People from all over the world were moving there, to be part of it. On the various jobs I had there, I met people from the Philippines, Italy, and Scotland. San Francisco was still affordable then, and the various ethnic neighborhoods were still authentic and working class. I wouldn’t trade my experiences there for anything.

 In this novel, the fiction takes over, compared to book one in the series, Bell-Bottom Gypsy. Webs in the Mist has a tighter plot structure and more dramatic tension. While the framework of the story is autobiographical, much of what happens in the book is pure fiction.

 Tell us how you came up with the title?

 This novel is about the webs we weave as we go through life – innocently or not. Webs of deception, webs of self-loathing. I decided to use San Francisco’s fog and mist as symbolic layers of confusion swirling around the webs we weave. At first, the book title was “Webs in the Fog,” but I felt that the word “fog” didn’t fit. So I changed it to “mist.”

 Can you tell us what inspired you to write this book?

 I’m almost 69 years old, and have grown tired of hearing myself tell my stories. Shut up and write them down, I told myself. That’s what I’m doing, beginning with Bell-Bottom Gypsy (Book 1 of this Jessie Morgan Series). In the process of creating fiction from my own stories, I had to add fictitious elements. For example, Twisty’s personality is fiction. My real boyfriend in Key West, Florida was not edgy like Twisty, although he did play guitar and sing, and was into black and white photography. I was inspired to write Webs in the Mist (Book 2 of the series) by my years of living in San Francisco. The early ‘70s were a unique time in the Bay Area, and I’m grateful to have lived there then. San Francisco back then was so amazing, I struggled as I wrote Webs in the Mist, trying to capture the magic of that time and do my experiences justice.

How much of the book is realistic?

Some of this novel’s events and characters are based on real events and people – but not all. Jessie’s life in San Francisco is based on my own time there in the ‘70s. But Webs in the Mist is less autobiographical than Bell-Bottom Gypsy. I created an enigmatic character named Carl, who is fictitious but a composite of quirky real people I’ve known. As I’ve already said, the dark aspect of the Twisty character is pure fiction. It’s fascinating, weaving my real life stories into these novels. I find myself assembling quite a few composite characters and re-arranging the timeline of real events in my life, for the sake of well-constructed fiction.

 How long did it take to write your latest release?

Webs in the Mist took me a little over a year to write, and that’s a record for me. Hopefully I’m getting faster at writing and publishing novels.

 Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?

 I don’t currently belong to a critique group, but I have in the past. I was in two separate writers’ groups, and learned a ton from the writers I met there. That’s where I met my writer friends, and I recommend it. Not only does it help to hear feedback, a group also provides important deadline pressure to produce something to bring and share. One caveat, though: if a critique group is negative, or “bitchy,” run away as fast as you can and never go back. Above all, listen to yourself. Now and then, creative writing classes and writers’ groups can include competitive, envious people who are too willing to tear you down for no good reason.

 Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

 I didn’t, but I think most writers should hire an editor. Let me explain: I’m a freelance book editor, and have a background in journalism (including proofreading and editing). I’m good at catching my own mistakes. That’s not enough, though. I have four very good advance readers who read, edit, and critique each of my manuscripts before I publish.

 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 I began keeping a journal when I was about sixteen. I was always attracted to reading and English and languages, in school. My grandmother was a poet and journalist in the 1920s and ‘30s, in Missoula, Montana. Maybe she is the reason for my interest in writing. In the early 1980s, I went back to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. After that, I was a journalist for about 25 years. But I have always wanted to write novels, because my first love is fiction.

Have you published anything else? If so can you tell us their titles.

 I sure have. Webs in the Mist is my fourth published novel. I have also published Bell-Bottom Gypsy: A Jessie Morgan Novel, a wild 1970s ride that takes the reader on adventures along America’s back roads. My first novel, Spirited Away – A Novel of the Stolen Irish, paints an intimate portrait of 1650s Irish slavery in the Caribbean. It was a 2013 finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards as well as a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Competition. The book has 242 Amazon reviews. Daring Passage, my second novel, tells the rest of the story begun in Spirited Away. Delighted readers call it “a stunning sequel.” I’m also the author of a nonfiction book entitled Passing It On: Voices from the Flathead Indian Reservation.

 Tell us what is next for you? / What is your next project?

 Since I’ve committed to writing a four-book Jessie Morgan Series, my next project is Book 3 of the series. I don’t have a title yet, but I think it will be a good book. If you read Webs in the Mist, you’ll know where the new novel is set. No spoilers here!

 

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Author Interview – Maggie Plummer

Today’s Author Interview is with my friend Maggie Plummer.  She has just released a new book called Bell-Bottom Gypsy, the first in the Jessie Morgan series.

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Author bio: Maggie Plummer is a multi-genre author based in northwest Montana. Along the winding trail to becoming a novelist, she has worked as a journalist, school bus driver, Good Humor ice cream girl, fishing boat mate, and race horse hot walker, among other things. Bell-Bottom Gypsy is her third published novel.

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Book Synopsis:

 In this galloping departure from her previous novels, author Maggie Plummer takes the reader on a wild 1970s ride – an adventurous coming of age journey along back roads in far-flung corners of the United States.

At twenty, Jessie Morgan is fed up with just about everything. It’s September 1971 – time to drop out, tune in, and turn on. She leaves college and Detroit in the rearview mirror, hitting the road in her 1965 yellow Volkswagen convertible. Wandering America’s byways from Kentucky to Key West to Montana, Jessie is out to test herself and experience everything.

She didn’t count on meeting a man like Twisty.

Bell-Bottom Gypsy is recommended for mature readers due to plenty of 1970s-era sex, drugs, and cussing.

 

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Hi Maggie, tell us a little about your book? 

Bell-Bottom Gypsy: A Jessie Morgan Novel is a 285-page novel LOOSELY based on real 1970s experiences I had on the road. Much of the novel is pure fiction, embellishment, and wishful thinking. For years, I have told my various travel stories to friends. I’ve been thinking of writing them down for a long time, and it feels great to finally have done that. My real stories provide only a framework for the novel, which is about 1970s-style self-discovery via travel adventure.

 

Can you tell us how you came up with the title?

Imagining a book about my 1970s travels, I thought that the title would be “Tales of a Volkswagen Gypsy.” Then I wanted it to be simply “Volkswagen Gypsy.” I was set on that title, but then learned that Volkswagen does not allow use of their name or logo without specific permission. I tried and tried to get that permission, with no results. It was time to re-think my book title. I decided that, given the main character’s love of bell-bottom pants, the new title should be Bell-Bottom Gypsy. Many of my friends and critiquers like the new title better than the old one. The subtitle is “A Jessie Morgan Novel” because this is the first in a four-book Jessie Morgan Series.

 

And can you tell us what inspired you to write this book?

At this point, at my “ripe” old age (ha!), I am tired of hearing myself tell my stories from the road. I kept telling myself to shut up and write them down. So I finally did. In order for the novel to work, though, I had to add many fictitious elements. For example, Twisty is pure fiction. (My real life boyfriend in Key West, Florida was nothing like Twisty, although he did play guitar and sing, and was into black and white photography…) Anyway, my main inspiration to write this novel was to preserve my wacky stories, which are unique to the early 1970s.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

The book’s main plot, in which Jessie travels America’s back roads and works seasonal jobs, is based on real life adventures. Along the way, some of the travel narrative is fiction. And, like I said, the edgy, dark aspect of the Twisty character is also pure fiction.

 

What process do you use for your writing?

I approach writing a novel by listing scenes. It’s not a true outline, but a scene list. That seems to help me zoom into the action and figure out where things are going. Meanwhile, I create Word files for character studies, and do research that often helps drive the plot. For me, writing first thing in the morning is the best. I find that I have my best energy then, thanks to my strong, black morning coffee.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Bell-Bottom Gypsy was a challenge to write. I think that’s because it is based on real experiences, some of which were emotionally charged. As I wrote it, I found myself feeling “triggered,” at times. But I am so happy to have written it.

 

How long did it take to write your latest release?

It took four and a half years. I am hoping to learn how to be a faster writer.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I began keeping a journal when I was about sixteen years old, so I think it was about then that I began thinking of myself as a writer. I was drawn to reading and English and languages, in high school. Also, my grandmother was a writer in the 1920s and ‘30s, in Missoula, Montana. So maybe she is where my interest originated. In the early 1980s, I finally went back to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. After that, I was a journalist for about 25 years. But I always wanted to write novels.

 

Have you published anything else? 

Yes, I have two previous novels, both of which are historical fiction set in the 1650s. The first one, Spirited Away – A Novel of the Stolen Irish, was a 2013 finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards as well as a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Competition. It has 225 Amazon reviews. Daring Passage, my second novel, tells the rest of the story begun in Spirited Away. Delighted readers call it “a stunning sequel.” I’m also the author of a nonfiction book entitled Passing It On: Voices from the Flathead Indian Reservation. Find out more about me and my books at https://maggieplummerauthor.weebly.com/

 

What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

Next up is Book Two of the Jessie Morgan Series. Then Book Three, and then Book Four. I have my work cut out for me, following Jess as she continues testing herself, facing plenty of adversity as she grows into the woman she wants to be.

 

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New Release – Bell-Bottom Gypsy:A Jessie Morgan Novel By Maggie Plummer

Today’s New Release is Bell-Bottom Gypsy:A Jessie Morgan Novel, which is book one in the Jessie Morgan Series by my friend Maggie Plummer.

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A wild 1970s ride – an adventurous coming of age journey along America’s back roads.

At twenty, Jessie Morgan is fed up with just about everything. It’s September 1971 — time to drop out, tune in, and turn on. She leaves college and Detroit in the rearview mirror, hitting the road in her 1965 yellow Volkswagen convertible. Wandering byways from Kentucky to Key West to Montana, Jessie is out to experience everything.

She didn’t count on meeting a man like Twisty.

WARNING: BELL-BOTTOM GYPSY is New Adult Fiction recommended for mature readers due to 1970s-era sex, drugs, and cussing.

AUTHOR BIO:

Maggie Plummer is a multi-genre author based in northwest Montana. Along the winding trail to becoming a novelist, she has lived in far-flung corners of the United States and worked as a journalist, school bus driver, Good Humor ice cream girl, fishing boat mate, and race horse hot walker, among other things.

Bell-Bottom Gypsy: A Jessie Morgan Novel, Maggie’s latest work of fiction, is a departure from her previous novels – both of which are historical novels set in the 1650s. This one is set in the early 1970s, taking the reader down memory lane in a story baby boomers (and wanna-be baby boomers!) are sure to love.

Maggie’s first novel, Spirited Away – A Novel of the Stolen Irish, was a 2013 finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards as well as a quarter finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Competition. The book has 225 Amazon reviews.

Daring Passage, the author’s second novel, tells the rest of the story begun in Spirited Away. Delighted readers call it “a stunning sequel.”

Maggie is also the author of a nonfiction book entitled Passing It On: Voices from the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Find out more about the author at https://maggieplummerauthor.weebly.com/

COMMENTS FROM THE AUTHOR:

My own 1970s experiences on the road inspired me to write Bell-Bottom Gypsy. The novel is loosely based on those real life stories, with a loud emphasis on the word “loosely.”

Much of Bell-Bottom Gypsy is pure fiction, embellishment, and wishful thinking.

It feels wonderful to get these stories written — to breathe new, vibrant life into them. They are the framework for my planned four-book Jessie Morgan Series.

Happy reading!

 

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