Monday, January 26, 2009

What's this all about?

My first published novel and those to follow...

My wonderful brilliant agent Michelle Brower (Wendy Sherman Associates) sold my debut novel to Sarah Knight at Shaye Areheart, a division of Random House. This site is dedicated to my journey from wanna-be published writer to novelist. Has it been a long strange trip? It has. Fortunately, I like strange.

I'm a regular girl, except: I'm a lightning-strike survivor, and after you read THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, you'll realize that being a lightning-strike survivor is not so irregular.

I write every day. The exception is when I get a rejection letter. Then I might skip a day, writing more the next day to make up for it. I think it's impossible to get up if you don't get knocked down.

I paint. I make collages (click here to see some art). I cut words from my stories and glue them to wood, adding beads and bobbles and whatever fits. As Becca, one of my characters from THE HANDBOOK... "is mad with the paint", I am mad with the words.

I have the greatest friends in the world--all of whom said, "You'll get published. It's just a matter of time," as the rejections poured forth. To quote Truman Capote (I keep this above my writing desk), "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."

A long time ago, my dear friend Brigitte McCray, poet, screenwriter, novelist and scholar, sent me this quote by Stephen King: "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." My husband points out, having read the non-fiction book SALT, about the history of salt: "Salt wasn't always cheap. It was highly prized."

Thanks, Danny.

I am grateful for having a wonderful family and a life with drama--exclusively on paper.

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