Monday, September 28, 2009

Buxton Village Books

The owner Gee Gee Rosell greets you as you enter the store. She genuinely enjoys talking about books. (Thus, bookstore owner is the perfect career for her. I mention this because I'm sadly discovering that not all bookstore owners care too much about conversing with their customers or recommending books. A real shame.)

Despite being a relatively small shop, Gee Gee carries an extensive collection of children's books, notebooks, locally-made cards and all the newest titles in print.

She was also VERY excited when I told her that my novel THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS would be coming out April 13, 2010. She is ready to take your preorders. Oh, and her summer reading flyer includes a Corn Bread recipe. Does it get any better?! Books and cornbread!

Buxton Village Books; 252-995-4240; Mail orders welcome.

There's no better excuse for a trip to the shore than, "Honey, we have to go to Hatteras this year because I need to buy Michele's novel from Buxton Village Books. It's a no brainer."

I'm sending Gee Gee my galley this week. I hope she likes it.

Support your independent bookseller!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Avon, North Carolina

We're having a swell time at the beach. The waves are sick.
We found three live starfish yesterday and rescued them, putting them back in the ocean. There's a huge sandbar perfect for romping. Sunshine and light breezes. If only we could do away with the mosquitoes. Uncle Jimmy arrived yesterday and my mom comes today. And lastly, Danny survived turning 40. He looks much older now--as you can see from the picture. XOXOX

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blurbing and being seven

I am really grateful to Jacquelyn Mitchard for writing a complimentary and exuberant blurb about my novel.

Quite often, my friends and acquaintances will ask, "Does it seem real yet--that you're actually getting published?" and typically, I say yes. It feels real now, but then something happens like someone talented and wonderfully creative writing something incredible about something I wrote, and it seems crazy weird all over again.

When I was seven years old, I wanted to be a published novelist. I sat alone in my parents' den at this old desk my dad had, smelling pipe tobacco and writing stories about princesses, and I remember thinking then, I wonder what I'll write about in the future.

Even now, I don't know what I'm writing about until the characters come to life and tell me. I am so grateful to have this ability and this good fortune to share my stories with readers. Thank you!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The FIRST BLURB for the book jacket arrived!

The first blurb for THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS came into my editor's office yesterday.

Blurbs are the little snippets that go on the book jacket to hopefully entice you to pick the book up and give it a read.

I am so grateful that my first blurb is a great one, and it's by a prolific New York Times Bestselling novelist. (I don't know if I'm allowed to quote her just yet, but check back.)

Writers don't have to blurb for other writers so I am deeply honored that this particular novelist took the time to read and blurb on my debut novel. It means so much to me! THANK YOU.