Preview/Excerpt from Little Birds?

In the middle of editing so I took this excerpt down. I’ll repost it when things have settled down.

Note Note Note

In the editing process it became clear that I had misstepped in renaming Lily’s daughters. Where you see mention of ‘Leonie’ it should read ‘Carrie’ and for ‘Mairead’ read ‘Martha.’


As of September 2021 there are eight novels in total,[1]Three additional novels were published under my legal name (Rosina Lippi). Homestead, mentioned above, is one of them. The other two are Tied to the Tracks and The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square. … Continue reading six in the first series (generally called the Wilderness series), and two in the second (Waverly Place Series). 

The question I hear most often these days: What’s next? What comes after Where the Light Enters? Here’s an answer.

Both series of novels are set primarily in northern New York State or Manhattan in the 19th century, but there are storylines that spend time in Annandale, Scotland, Graubünden, Switzerland, Genoa, Italy, the French Antilles,  Spanish Florida; the Gulf of Mexico,  New Orleans and environs, rural New Jersey and Staten Island; St. Louis; Kansas Territory, Northern New Mexico Territory  The Wilderness novels run from 1792 to 1824; the Waverly Place novels are set between 1883 and 1885; and Little Birds is set in 1857.

Second, there is information about the stories themselves and the zillion or so characters wandering around in my frazzled  head.

This is a big project that starts with transferring many posts between weblog and wiki. It may never be finished, but I chisel way at it so the next time somebody emails to say: I’m confused about Lily’s family or Where was x when the steamboat docked in Independence?  I can send them here to have a look around and find an answer.  Possibly not to the question they started with, but hey, there are other things like, lots of maps, short character bios, floor plans, newspaper advertisements, and plot lines.  There is a detailed family tree as well.

What you won’t find here

I kept a busy weblog for more than ten years, and that’s the place to go if you are looking for information about writing fiction. There are  multiple discussions of technical and craft issues (point-of-view, narrative voice, how to write sex scenes — a perennial favorite, etc.) That’s also where you’ll find posts about my own storytelling process, how I have dealt with writer’s block (or failed to deal with it); my experiences with the business end of publishing and also a series of autobiographical essays.  If we know each other through some academic connection, there are some posts about linguistics on the weblog, as well as links to some academic publications, also on the weblog, which you’ll find here.  The weblog is very old and creaky but full of information.  To give you a better idea of what you’ll find over there, here’s a subset of posts on the craft of writing fiction:

What I’m Writing Now

Currently I’m working on a novel that serves as a bridge between the Wilderness series and the Waverly Place series. More about Little Birds here.



New Mexico Territory, Santa Fe Trail


1Three additional novels were published under my legal name (Rosina Lippi). Homestead, mentioned above, is one of them. The other two are Tied to the Tracks and The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square. Both contemporary and set in the south.

8 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Can’t wait to read this one. I live in Colorado and have spent quite a bit of time traveling around in this area. A beautiful backdrop for drama.

  2. My husband is a commercial salmon fisherman; he just fished his 61st and final season in Bristol Bay, AK. I’d planned to complete a few projects during his absence, but I’ve had my nose buried in “Where the Light Enters” instead!

    I’d like to share a story seed in you’re interested: A couple years ago he and his crew came upon a dead walrus floating in the water. When he registered the head and tusks with the Dept. of Fish and Game he was told it had been shot — drug addicts are shooting these creatures for their ivory which they then sell for money to buy drugs (yes, it is illegal to sell ivory).

    • Hi Linda — that is an interesting story. I’ll let it percolate for a while and see if something comes of it.Glad you are liking the novels and thank you for taking the time to comment.

  3. On the first page of your weblog, you have this section:

    “If you’re looking for

    the series of posts on writing sex scenes
    story v plot discussions
    notes on constructing dialog
    ideas on generating story ideas

    … those posts are here. ”

    I was interested in seeing the posts, but there is no longer a link under the word “here”. It has either disappeared or is broken. Could you let us know where to find them?

    • Hi Naomi (you have a great name, by the way) — this post of yours got caught up in the spam filter so I’m late getting back to you. I didn’t realize the link had gone missing, so thanks for letting me know. All the posts about writing can be found at https://rosinalippi.com/weblog/

      I home you find something useful there.

  4. I just finished the “Into the Wilderness” series. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The “newspaper” clippings at the end and the obituaries at the end made me cry. I know they were fictional characters, but after reading the books, they become very real due to your excellent writing. Thank you and I am just starting the next series tonight. Can


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