Thursday, July 13, 2006

Yo Shorty...It's a Birth-Day

When a new book hits the shelves the experience is something like giving birth. You've waited. And waited. Spent sleepless nights dreaming of the future, and dealt with neuroses and raging hormones (or is that just me?) Pre-booknancy is marked by nausea, fear, and sometimes, unattractive mood swings and swelling of the ankles.

And when the pregnancy part is over and the little paper-swathed baby finally arrives, well. You cry. You laugh. You pray for a good long life for your little one. It's wonder and terror and exhilaration all at once.

The trade paperback version of POTTER SPRINGS officially enters the world today. The official word from the author: WOO-HOO!!!

Makes me a little sick to my stomach (post-partum, perhaps?), but really, I'm excited. Every time I see my book in stores, the surprise hits me all over again: holy cow, I might be a real author after all.

So here's me popping a little champagne on a birth-day of sorts...and a tip of the glass to you in celebration and many heartfelt thanks.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Where did June go?

Man, it's like I blinked and it's gone. Here's what I've been up to:

Vacation. In a word: fabulous. No phones, television or computers. Just sun, sand, clear water, and loungers under palapa huts perfect for afternoon napping on the beach. You know those Corona commercials? We lived that for a week, only without being interrupted by regular programming. My question: When can I go back?

Writer Stuff.
Just got back from the best conference in Texas, The Writers' League Agents Conference in Austin, Texas. They fly in agents from all over the country and have breakout panels with authors and editors talking about everything from the craft to the business side of publishing.

I caught up with friends Marsha Moyer (if you haven't read her Second Coming of Lucy Hatch you're missing out) and the ever trippy and fun Will Clarke (his The Worthy drops this month - check it out.) I also picked up a new read by author David Liss called A Confederacy of Paper that features a Spenser type (if Spenser was a Jewish ex-pugilist) character searching down a murder in 18th century London. Good stuff.

Many thanks to all who attended my sessions and bought books. I can't tell you how much fun - and how inspiring - it is to be on the other side of that signing table. Dreams do come true, so write on, my friends. Write on.

Family. Reunions and birthdays and travel, oh my. We're hitting three out of four reunions this year, so we're bulking up on the twisted tree that is family history. Seriously, I took notes.

Reading. I've been on a streak of fantastic books, my favorite of which is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Unforgettable, and definitely on my "best of" list for this year so far.

Other great reads that helped June fly by:

Naked by David Sedaris
The Laments by George Hagen
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
River Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke

Speaking of summer reading, the trade paperback version of Potter Springs is set to hit shelves with the next few weeks. [Insert shameless plug here.] I'm starting to hear of pre-release "sightings" already - very exciting. This version has an enclosed reading group guide, so if you have book club in your area, feel free to name drop...