I’ve been sewing since I was thirteen-years-old. This you might have suspected. But you probably didn’t know that I’ve also been writing since about the same time. That’s a lot of years of sewing and writing! I started my writing career as a nonfiction, health and medical writer. Eventually, I wrote a dozen books, lots of articles and recently have dabbled in fiction – women’s and historical fiction. But today is a first.
Today marks the first time in my life that my sewing and design passion has meshed with my regular life as a writer. For the past year, I’ve been working away at a story that started off as something quite different than what it ended up becoming.
I usually write satirical, humorous lit-for-intelligent-chicks and historical fiction these days. And this book started out to be one of the former. When I started writing, though, Charlie (my main character – Charlotte to those who don’t know her so well) and her sewing machine took over, and I found myself on a journey that took her (and me) to places I hadn’t expected.
Anyway, it’s dedicated to all the amazing women I’ve met both in real life and online. There are so few novels that really are about sewing, I thought I’d share it with you in the hope that some of you might enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
THE YEAR I MADE 12 DRESSES
A struggling writer, an enigmatic shop clerk, an old sewing machine and an inspirational journey of discovery – where every dress is more than it appears to be.
After her mother’s unexpected death, struggling writer Charlotte (Charlie) Hudson moves into her family house after her older, mostly absent sister Evelyn instructs her to empty the family home of objects and memories to ready it for sale.
When Charlie stumbles on a dusty old sewing machine hidden away among the clutter of detritus in the basement, she has no idea of the journey it will take her on, or of the secrets it might reveal about her mother, her family and herself. If only she will let it.
With the help of an enigmatic fabric-guru named Al, Charlie discovers how little she really knows about anyone – especially herself. Join Charlie and Al on their inspirational journey of discovery where every dress is more than it appears to be.
To learn more, I invite you to visit the 12 Dresses page at Moonlight Press and watch the trailer video…
12 Dresses is available from all your favourite online book retailers in both paperback and as an eBook for a variety of eReaders.
6 thoughts on “The Year I Made 12 Dresses: The almost-but-not-quite-true story”
I have ordered your book. Started to read it tonight, and I can’t put it down! I love your writer’s voice and humour! Thank you so much!
Oh, Joyce! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Now I’m deep into Charlie’s sequel (it’s actually a prequel).
👏 I think I’ll read “Plan B” too!
I have also passed my review on to the ladies in my book club. 😎 and shared the link in our private facebook page.
Hope your having a great summer. Don’t work too hard, but keep those novels coming! (Ps, I’m sewing a lot this summer- on my fourth pair of pants 😂)
Joyce, from Sudbury.
Fourth pair of pants! Wow…that’s a lot of sewing. I’m about to start a new project myself – along with the writing, of course!
How exciting! I’ve just ordered my copy. 😀
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Oh, I do hope you enjoy it! 🙂