BLUE MOON is on sale today, the first time ever as an e-book. This gives me the chance to remember writing the novel, to be filled with all the emotions of the time. The words “Blue Moon,” as well as referring to the celestial phenomenon of two full moons during the same calendar month, is also the name of the old blood-and-booze soaked honky tonk section of Newport, Rhode Island. My grandmother first told me about it–she was a “good girl,” but as a young woman she and her boyfriend (who became my grandfather) were known to visit the Blue Moon district to meet their friends, cause some mischief, and dance up a storm.
I started writing the novel late one fall, when the weather had turned cold and storms had started down from Labrador, while driving in my car one day, I heard a radio report of a local fishing boat missing. The Coast Guard search began, continued over Thanksgiving, and was about to be called off when flares were sighted. Suddenly there was hope…but then the rumors began, that the flares had been set off by other fishing boats, doing anything they could to keep the search going.
That kind of love and loyalty hit me hard. I decided to write about a family fishing business in Mount Hope (aka Newport) Rhode Island. The Keating clan owned a fleet of boats, then sold the catch at Lobsterville, their wharfside restaurant. There are three generations of Keatings, all with their own loves, hardships, secrets, and joys. I love that family still, and feel as if they’re my own.
I hope you’ll download BLUE MOON and meet the Keatings. Billy and Cass, married 10 years and with 3 kids, were known as “the batteries” –their attraction to each other was so strong–and I think I’ve gotten more reader mail about a certain scene in Billy’s truck in a grocery store parking lot than for many other books combined–but who says married couples can’t have fun too?
Sheila, the matriarch, is still in love with her husband, in spite of the fact he’s been dead for years now, and she never stops dreaming of another dance at the old Blue Moon with him.
My kind of love.