The Disharmony of Silence by Linda Rosen
In her desperate quest for family, Carolyn Lee, fitness trainer and amateur photographer, is determined, against all advice, to reveal a shocking eighty-four-year-old secret that she has uncovered. It has the potential to tear lives apart, or to bring her the closeness and comfort she longs for. It all depends on how she handles it.
“…Generally, it’s thought that honesty is always the best policy, so it’s interesting to see a character grapple with the idea that this truism may not, in fact, always be true. The ending gives the reader a lot to think about in those terms, and it’s an interesting and somewhat unexpected question for a novel to raise...” Indie Reader review
Answer: Having taught fitness classes for thirty-eight years, my days have always begun with physical activity. In pre-covid19 times, I'd be leading classes, swimming laps, playing tennis or pickleball, or walking, which was my exercise of choice at the beginning of the pandemic. Then my community opened the pool and courts and I was back in action. I do my best writing after physical activity and when doing my solo activities, walking or swimming, characters and scenes come to me, begging to be included in my stories.
What's Left Untold by Sherri Leimkuhler
"A luminous tale." O, The Oprah Magazine
Answer: I’m fortunate to live in a small town on the Hudson River—in fact, on a dirt road off a dirt road—so I’ve been able to get out and walk along the nearly-deserted road nearly every day since the pandemic began. Walking not only loosens my body, but also loosens up my brain! Launching a book—even virtually, or perhaps especially virtually—tends to get me very wired. Walking in silence has been a lifesaver. The quiet, the rhythmic strides, the chance to slow down and connect with another part of myself.
Now that the weather is warm, I’ve also been gardening—turning the soil, planting flowers, weeding. Again, it’s an “activity” for more than the body.
If She Had Stayed by Diane Byington
From would-be rock star to museum curator, Kaley Kline is someone who remembers the past through Rose-tinted glasses and longs to put right something she's always felt guilty about. Sometimes things are better off left alone! If She Had Stayed is a gripping, time-travel romance-thriller that builds until you're sitting on the edge of your seat!” - The International Review of Books
Answer: I’d say the biggest thing is gardening. I have my own garden and I’m also a member of a Community Support Agriculture (CSA). Keeping those things up takes a lot of time and effort. For example, yesterday I weeded and then I thinned the plants in the garden and harvested two kinds of lettuce, spinach, kale, bok choi, and beet greens. Then I washed and dried all the stuff I’d harvested, and today I took them to the food bank. Hopefully, I’ll do this many times during the Colorado growing season. I also like to walk, and I’ve been doing quite a bit of that.
You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer
Answer: I've been on a health and wellness journey the past fourteen months, and I've lost 100 pounds by walking on the treadmill and cutting out (for the most part) grains, dairy and sugar. I've kept up with eating healthy during the pandemic, but it's been tough to stay active since they closed the gym in my building.
I don't have a car since I live in downtown Chicago, and I'm not ready to use ride-share apps yet, so I've been walking everywhere. The other day I walked almost 4 miles round-trip for a long-overdue hair appointment, and I walked two miles to get to the grocery store four blocks away. I did walk the normal way home since I was carrying a week's worth of groceries, but it's always nice to get outside and be active!