Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I went to my hometown library in Garland, TX this past weekend. Of course, I had to spy and see if my book was on the shelves. It was. It was shelved about 20 feet from the kids' reading area where I used to sit for hours with a stack of 10 or more books around me, loving the stories, thinking up my own little tales. Three cheers for the full-circle moments in life!!!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
My new book, COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS, goes out into the big blue world. I just received the first hardback copy of it in the mail. Even though this is my third book, you don't get over the feeling of seeing your finished book for the first time. It's not unlike holding your real, life newborn for the first time.
I also like to think of the characters in these books meeting. You know, Sarah Nelson from SURE SIGNS walking to school with Mysti Murphy in COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS. I genuinely think they'd be friends and I'd love to eavesdrop on their conversations. They are very different, but equally spirited, curious and full of heart.
Another point to mention is that I'm a Hachette author, which means that my books will have a hard time gaining traction on Amazon. (Have you heard of the dispute between Hachette and Amazon?) So I'm keeping fingers crossed that readers will find their way to their favorite indie bookshop or Barnes & Noble online, where you can already pre-order it.
I loved this recent review from Publishers Weekly