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Any work published before 1928 is in the “public domain”.

Anybody can use the characters, retell the story, etc etc. if a work is in the public domain. Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and James Fenimore Cooper fall into this category. So I am completely within the law by retelling Cooper’s The Pioneers and using some of his characters. There are hundreds and hundreds of books in the public domain that you can get for free over the web. A good list is maintained here.

Works that are still in copyright: no, you can’t just borrow the characters. You can’t write a novel about Captain Kirk and Spock on the Enterprise unless you first get written permission from the owner of that copyright — I think that would be Paramount, and I doubt they’d be receptive. So technically fan fiction is illegal, though I don’t think anybody has ever sued over it.

I used Diana Gabaldon’s characters with her permission, both oral and written. Anybody else who wanted to publish a novel using my characters or hers would have to ask first — with the exception, of course, of those characters already in the public domain. So you wouldn’t have to ask me to have Hawkeye tramping through your novel, but you would have to ask me if he had a son called Nathaniel with a wife Elizabeth Middleton who lived in Paradise on the Sacandaga.

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I suppose I would call them (in fact, I have called them, when forced) historical fiction. That is, a lot of research goes into each one and a prime concern is making the era come to life. Beyond that, I hope to keep the reader turning the pages, interested in the characters and the plot. There is a lot of plot; some of it has to do with a love story.   I would not call them erotica simply because I don’t write gratuitous sex scenes.

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While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance. –Oscar Wilde
I don’t  mind if they are classified as romance. A love story is a love story, after all. I’d consider Pride and Prejudice and Taming of the Shrew romances, too. Of course, if you call them romance novels as a way to insult me or my work, I would have some problem with that.

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ITW was optioned once, long ago, but nothing ever came of it. The whole series has been optioned now. We will see.

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For some reason my publishers have been unable to get on top of this issue for the last three or four novels. It first happened when I submitted a long list of final corrections before the deadline for The Endless Forest, and somehow they just never made it in.

Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) have a big sticker on them saying that the text is not final and should not be used for quotations. This is because they put the ARCs into circulation before the final proofreading.

For Where the Light Enters, things really went wrong.  First Australia printed the ARC as the book, no corrections. The ebook versions will have the corrections, but not the hard copies are full of little burps. My heart fell when I realized this. I don’t know how it happened, but I am not pleased.

Then a whole list of corrections somehow — once again — didn’t get incorporated before the novel went to press for the hardcover edition here in the U.S.  Yes, those corrections were incorporated into ebook and audio editions, and they will be included in future hard copy editions, but if you spent a big chunk of money on the hard cover, I would much prefer that you get the final product.

I am notoriously bad at proofreading my own work, but the publisher still hasn’t quite grasped the depth of my text-blindness.  So apologies, all around. Mea culpa.

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My contract with Berkley/Penguin is for three novels: (1) Where the Light Enters (the sequel to The Gilded Hour, published in 2019); (2) a third novel in the Waverly Place series, as yet untitled and (3) and a novel set in the southwest in the years before the Civil War, titled Little Birds.

Kate, my editor, and my publisher were convinced I needed to do the second and third novels out of order, so I am now writing Little Birds. I realize this makes some readers unhappy, but I think in the end they will see the wisdom of this decision.

Little Birds focuses on two of Lily and Simon’s adult children (Callie and Nathan) who travel from New York to the New Mexico Territory in 1857.  Callie  has accepted a job as a nurse and midwife in Santa Fe, and Nathan travels with her to see that she arrives safely.  This novel will fill in some of the family history between the end of The Endless Forest and the Civil War.

The years before the Civil War were politically explosive. The term Bleeding Kansas might strike some bells from history class, and it was also during this period that the western tribes were fighting for their survival. Enough material for dozens of novels.

As soon as Little Birds is finished I’ll jump into the third Waverly Place novel.

 

  • I am hoping you are going to use those NYC Vanderbilt Mansion photos you have posted here in the 3rd Waverly Place Series Novel! They are my passion and I have visited all that are still around to be seen. Thanks for your fantastic writing!

    • I’m so glad you have found the bits and pieces I’ve posted about Manhattan in the late 19th century. Lots of ideas for the third Waverly novel, just as I’m finished with the bridge novel.

  • The pandemic has been hard on me and everyone else. Plus I was widowed and developed leukemia. Not to complain but with your books on my phone which I listen to constantly, it has gotten me through with a sense of expectation. I am in the middle of the Endless Forest and then will get Swords. I will need to find something else to keep me going and will miss your books and their rich characters and their interconnectedness. Thank you!!

    • Hi Lois — We’ve had a difficult time too but nothing compared to what you’ve had to deal with. I’m so sorry about your and about the diagnosis. I hope you respond to treatment, and I’m truly pleased to hear that my stories have been a distraction. Wishing you the very best.

      rosina/sara

  • I have just finished reading what I currently consider the last of the Wilderness Books until Little Birds is finished and published. Thank you for a wonderful story in the endless forests and then a continuation of the story through Lily as Aunt Quinlan and the strong nieces she raised. I have loved every moment I have spent immersed in the Bonner stories

  • I’ve read all your books and was never ready for one to end. I admire your work so much.

  • I was so pleasantly surprised to find this site tonight. I have read the first 6 in the Into The Wilderness series several times. I didn’t know there were two more. I will certainly be ordering them soon. Thank you for an extraordinary series that was so well written that my heart was involved in every page.

  • looking forward to every word, these ‘characters’ & stories mean the world to me. Thank you for coming back to the ‘family’.

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