C.L. Pauwels (aka, my friend Cyndi) and I chat about her newest novel, “Unwelcome Ties,” what it’s like to write a “prequel,” in this case a novel that includes a character who is the main character in novels C.L. has already published (“Forty and Out” and “Burned Bridges”), staying connected and motivated as a writer in the best of times and the pandemic of times.

I first met C.L. as one of her mentors as she worked on her master’s thesis–a very early version of what has grown and developed into “Unwelcome Ties,” a thriller set in Toledo. Then, through the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, we became colleagues and friends.

This is one of the biggest joys of the creative life–meeting other creators along the way and being part of their journey!

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