Monday, August 17, 2009


Well, since you asked... A whole lot is new. In the past two weeks, I have learned that the sales representatives at Random House really love my novel THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, which is SUPER important because they are the wonderful people who actually sell copies to bookstores.

In order to make the book even more sellable, I was asked to write discussion questions to accompany the text. I must tell you: I thought that this would be a difficult task, but it was great. It was so much fun to think about my book from a "book club" reader's perspective.

And, most recently, I've started writing letters to fellow authors requesting that they read my book and write blurbs to go on the jacket.

Busy, busy busy.

I also had the opportunity to speak to a friend's novel-writing group, and boy, are they a great bunch of writers. I really appreciated the opportunity to share my experience. Thanks, Jamie, for the opportunity.

Lastly, I am still revising ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL. It's a delight to work on this novel. It's so great when you can actually do something you love and make money at it. I feel incredibly fortunate, and for those of you with whom I haven't shared the following: I'll end on this note:

My son asked me, "Mommie, what do you want to be when you grow up?"

And I said, "A famous writer."

And he said, "Silly, Mommie. You already are that."

It's this... and it's that moment that we go into a library and pull my book off the shelf that I am dreaming about. Wow, but that will be exciting. And, speaking of excitement. The galleys arrive August 26th. WOW WOW WOW WOW

love to everyone, xo pussycat


  1. Michele: the students in the novel writing class were all very impressed with you. Not only are you a talented force of one--author, artist, photographer, documentarian--you are also very much a human being, which, since they have to listen to me every week, they're not all that used to. Ooh, ooh, and they're impressed with how many electronic mediums you've mastered. As am I. Your presentation was the bomb.

  2. Thank you, Jamie! I had a really good time. It was nice for me to share the experience with you and with them. I hope you guys have me back when the book comes out.