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A trilogy about three generations of reclusive authors, the worlds they created around them, and the ones they loved.
A Writer Recluse Places an Ad for a Caretaker and Gets More Than He Asked For
This quiet contemporary fiction has a calm romance beneath the seeming gruff exterior of a reclusive writer who wants his solitude above all else.
When a caretaker arrives who is every bit as quietly headstrong about keeping the place tidy, there have to be some adjustments...
Triangle - A Memoir
"I want you to teach me about sex."
The lithe young thing was probably a third my age and somehow had wound up, pre-dawn, in my day-bed with only her thin nightgown between us.
"My Aunt says it's OK as long as you agree. And my grandmother recommended you."
I didn't know this girl or her Aunt. Or how she got into my bed.
I don't teach, I write mysteries.
And this was one for the books...
I looked up and thought I saw Karl standing there.
"Oh hiya, Karl."
But he didn't reply, said nothing. This wasn't his schedule, he's usually either fixing something or writing by now.
I looked over at him again.
Something was different.
This guy looked like Karl, but his mouth was open, staring. In another minute, he's be drooling.
I sat up and shaded my eyes against the glare. Then I saw that was a mistake. This wasn't Karl, this was a stranger – who was looking at my sunbathing. Nude sunbathing.
So I threw my sunscreen lotion bottle at him and tried to wrap myself in the old comforter.
The guy ducked. And turned away.
Too late for any hope of my propriety, though...
Herman Gauss found a caretaker through an ad he placed.
As a reclusive writer, he didn't much care for what he got, but had some wishes. Since he'd never married again, the idea of having a female moving about the big empty house made him both worried and content. He had been happy to live quietly at the end of a long, dusty road, but found his cleaning habits left too much dust around.
He wanted to write, not clean house. He didn't want his solitude interrupted, but would appreciate having the dust gathered out of the corners and the occasional hot meal he didn't have to prepare himself.
So he placed an ad through an agency. He paid them to find and pre-interview the applicants. They would send over one at a time, only sending the next in line when an earlier one disqualified themselves.
And the reasons for the disqualified applicants seemed inconsistent and even frivolous. But the company was only paid to send applicants, so the money would keep coming to them until Herman ran out of it, or they ran out of applicants. (Word can get around about certain ads…)
Maggie was herself quiet and happy to have such a job. She was a student of writing, but had never published. Her shyness found her many admirers, but never a long relationship. That's not to say she didn't have strong opinions. And perhaps those were what drove her would-be lovers away. She never talked about her personal life, even when asked.
How she got hired was a bit of a mystery. She wasn't outspoken much, but was firm and unmovable when she was. It wasn't that all things should be a certain way, but certain things should be kept in certain ways.
The hiring company took this minor loss of income in stride...
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