Monday, August 21, 2016

emotion of really good writing. Summer is one of those rare times when indulging in reading for hours at a time is guilt-free. As a superior rationalizer, I think of it as a more intellectual version of sunbathing (even if I am under the shade of an oak tree, soaking in a lazy breeze). Leaving Lucy Pear is a wonderful study in complex characters struggling to survive the consequences of both long-ago and immediate choices. A wonderfully told tale full of life and texture. As a writer, I often find myself distracted by structure or technique, analyzing how a writer accomplished a particular effect rather than stepping into the vortex. Anna Solomon got me to that mystical place of “forgetting” I was reading and just going along for the ride. What a beautiful ride.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I was lucky enough to hear Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer speak at the Nantucket Book Festival this weekend. Here are two life lessons I took away: 1. Check your ego. Even when you are a famous enough author that the Yankees ask you to throw out the first pitch (Hilderbrand) all your sons really care about is making sure you don’t embarrass yourself by failing to get the ball over the plate. 2. Squirrel Away. The most wonderful way I have heard yet of finding a way to write an astounding 23 novels (Thayer) is to make a house rule. No one is allowed to disturb the author before noon as she labors away in her office, and she cannot be expected to accomplish any tasks that require thinking for 2-3 hours afterward. Taking long walks—in. Cooking—out! That is the life of my dreams. Thank you ladies for a charming talk, and the Nantucket Book Festival for a wonderful weekend of all things literature.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Friday, June 18, 2016

ARCs for Fill the Sky just arrived! That’s publishing speak for “advance reader copies,” the early copies that go out to press, reviewers, bookstore sellers, and anyone else we are hoping will get interested enough in the book to give is some attention come October. My fabulous publicist, Caitlin Hamilton Summie has a huge mailing in the works. Wish these puppies luck out there in the world![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]