NPR has posted Lucia's "This
I believe" essay on their website:
Click here: My Little Black Book Is Where I Find Myself « Lucia
| This I Believe
Also: A friend asked Lucia how she does re-writes. Here's what she told him:
Re-writes: I print out the rough draft as I finish each chapter and I stack them up. Then as I find more info or get a better idea I clip the notecard or scrap of paper onto that chapter. Sometimes I just throw them on top if I don't know where to put them. By the end of the first run-through I might have a couple hundred cards in no order piled on top of the ms.
When it's time to make the second pass I lay out all the chapters on the floor and try to put each card or scrap of paper where it belongs. For this book,
(Last Train to Cuernavaca) ...
More on rewriting.
Tokaido Road started
At the Nakatsu family's tea house in Iwakuni, Japan where Lucia lived in
1970. (The two daughters
on left and Atsuko.)
About Lucia in
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Lucia is still
practicing library science as a novelist, because of the
amount of research required to produce a plausible reality in the
interview with BookWorld provides some insight on the process.
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Readers' Appreciation page
Lucia has the most wonderful readers!
In December, 2010, True West Magazine* named
Lucia as Best Living
Fiction Writer - "With her greatest achievement to date, Last
Train from Cuernavaca, ... Lucia St. Clair Robson
once again proves a master in prose, description, character
development and authenticity. Look for more from this
powerful writer." * Best of the West 2010 Also, read
profile published by True West Magazine for
another take on the
West and more.
5-year old Lucia in her cow girl outfit.She grew
up in the West --West Palm Beach Florida, that is. >>
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Texas Connection: Lucia's
western books and their characters have waltzed across Texas
with great frequency. For her take on Texas, read "The Wraith
Riding Shotgun," excerpted from
the anthology, Forever Texas.