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Six Sentence Sunday

This week for Six Sentence Sunday, I’m sharing one of my favorite snippets from The Twelfth Time, my Russian novel sequel. It’s the annual Long Island summer vacation, August 1928, and the hated Anastasiya starts a fight with female protagonist Lyuba about her ongoing marital problems. She then makes a comment about how she must look like chopped meat after having a 12-pound baby with a huge head two and a half years ago, and is promptly put in her place by an unexpected source, her best friend’s butler.


“Must you be so vulgar and hateful in front of children?” Mr. Rhodes asks as he’s dusting a bookshelf. “I like how you pride yourself on being so ladylike and modest, and yet cavalierly making such shocking remarks about such personal matters.”

“You know Russian, Mr. Butler?” Fédya asks.

“After working for Mrs. Kalvik-Nikonova for so many years, I’ve picked it up.  They do say the butler sees and hears everything.”

“I can’t wait to get far, far away from this woman,” Lyuba says.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

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