Posted By Susan Bernhardt

I've read and enjoyed many of your posts that are accompanied by fabulous photos of NYC.

Taking photographs is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. But it wasn’t until I started a blog that I began to see how my photos were also telling stories. When I look back and read my early blog posts they sound and look awkward. I don’t think I knew what direction I was going in when I first began to blog. Now I see what my unconscious was trying to tell me. I guess I have a story telling gene.

What's next for Margaret Mendel?

My first novel Fish Kicker that was published in 2014 as an ebook, will be coming out as a paperback very soon. I have a short story collection, Patches, scheduled for publication sometime the end of this year. I’m in the process of completing a novel, Wild Mushrooms, about a woman who gathers wild mushrooms for a living. It’s been in the works for a while, and well, it’s time to finish the book and get onto the next writing adventure.

Blurb for Pushing Water:

VIETNAM, 1939. Sarah, an expat, working as an Archivist for the French Colonial Government in Hanoi, is devastated when she finds a Vietnamese co-worker murdered.

Determined to find the killer, Sarah suspects she knows what prompted the murder when she discovers a secret document in a packet of poetry the co-worker had borrowed from the archives.

The papers include a secret colonial communication outlining a direct order that will bring about devastating hardship for the Vietnamese people.

Sarah’s life is further complicated by the arrival of an old friend, Julia, who brings with her remembrances of a past Sarah would rather forget. Then Albee, Sarah’s part time lover comes on the scene. He claims to be an archaeologist working on a dig in China, though Sarah suspects he is a fulltime communist revolutionary.

Sarah attempts to deal with her problematic personal life, wishing for her solitude to return, when a friend is arrested and executed for revolutionary activities. Heartsick, Sarah decides to return back to the States. Though there is one more hurtle to overcome. The world is in a chaotic mess and within one devastating day nothing will ever be the same again.

8 Comment(s):
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thanks, J.Q. for visiting and for your great comments. Glad you enjoyed the interview.
February 16, 2017 06:43:39
Margaret Mendel said...
Hi J.Q.Rose, Thank you for the great comment. Yes, it was a lot of research and at one point when I was totally hooked on the location, the sense of the place, I almost had to deal with withdrawal symptoms from over-researching. Glad you liked Fish Kicker. Always great to hear from you.
February 16, 2017 06:26:13
J.Q. Rose said...
Really enjoyed the interview. Thanks for explaining the title, Pushing Water. I'd never really thought about it, now everytime I see the water flowing, I will. What an exotic location and interesting premise for your new release. I loved Fish Kicker. Looking forward to reading this one too! Best wishes!
February 16, 2017 04:59:25
Margaret Mendel said...
Thanks Walt for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was an amazingly interesting research project.
February 15, 2017 03:03:03
Susan Bernhardt said...
Thank you, Walt, for visiting and for your astute comment. Margaret did indeed write about a fascinating topic. My best friend's brother died in Vietnam, a war we never should have been in.
February 15, 2017 09:32:13
Walt said...
This is a fascinating topic from a low period in American history.
February 15, 2017 07:28:22
Margaret Mendel said...
Thanks you so much Susan for hosting me on your blog. It was a fun interview. Wishing you lots of luck as well in your writing.
February 15, 2017 06:54:41
Susan Bernhardt said...
Congratulations, Margaret on your new book release, Pushing Water. I enjoyed our interview very much and I love your writing. Best wishes!
February 15, 2017 05:57:07
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