My next project, Write My Name on the Sky, portrays the quest of a famous artist’s ex-wife as she moves out of her ex-husband’s shadow to create a life of her own.
Kate Prescott thinks her life story has been written for her when she marries art student Jack Morrison. Against a backdrop of the 1960’s and 70’s, with women’s rights an emerging social issue, Kate believes she’s found her soul mate in Jack, a man who understands her vague yearning to make her life count for something. Unlike Kate, who isn’t sure how she’ll achieve recognition, Jack’s goal is crystal-clear: become a famous artist. He wants the world to know his name and acknowledge his work. He wants to write his name on the sky.
“That’s what I want, too,” Kate admits, and Jack promises to help her do just that.
But wants and needs change, and as Jack’s star rises in the art world, he starts to believe his own mythology, while Kate forges a career in the corporate offices of a major oil company. When their values diverge too sharply, the Morrisons’ marriage shatters under the strain.
In the aftermath, Kate picks up the pieces of her life and begins fulfilling her own vision. Her life has changed, perhaps for the better, and she swears she’ll never let another’s opinion determine her own value.
Will she succeed? How? The rest of the novel reveals it all.
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I was married to an artist in the 60’s and 70’s and always found the art scene fascinating, if a little pretentious. It took decades before I was able to distance myself enough to portray some of my experiences in fictional form.
The names have been changed to protect both innocent and guilty, of course, and most of the story comes purely from my imagination, but I think it’s grounded enough in reality to make it believable—and, I hope, entertaining to read.