Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Hoorah for Book People on Granite Street and Cheers to Barnes and Noble at Libbie Place for supporting local authors.
Monday, November 29, 2010
My second novel has a title! It's Perfect Birds. To quote my agent, "It’s a wonderful, beautiful, airborne novel," and that's how it feels to me.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I will be at Barnes and Noble at Short Pump Town Center this Saturday from 1 to 4 pm.
Friday, November 5, 2010
So, NO thanks to you guys: I finished my as-yet untitled second novel. I was seeking ideas for the ending. No one chimed in with "How about a lightning strike?" or "What if Becca and Buckley show up?" or "Can somebody fall in love?" Or "Can there be a lot of gore?" Just kidding.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Hi out there! I'm writing yet another new ending to my most recent novel, soliciting friends, neighbors, and all you awesome folks on the WWW for possible scenarios.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
We are born. And then we have mid-life crises. Of course, there's a lot in between. But right now, everyone that I know between 40 and 50, is thinking, as David Byrne thought, "How did I get here?"
Thursday, September 23, 2010
If you have a group of readers and you'd like to discuss my novel THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, please don't hesitate to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
He took Gloria’s hand in his and gently parting her fingers, kissed her palm. He pressed it to his lips. His breath was warm on her hand. “I should write a poem about you.”
“I’d like that.” And Gloria loved him. She loved Sheff—understanding that love is not about penises or having babies. It’s about poetry and laughter and lines, whether from books or scars that weave and hold us together.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Meet me on the mountain is this year's theme. It makes sense: A mountain is a prime spot from which to jump.
My son, who is attending Vacation Bible School this week, is understandably very curious about God. Here’s a sampling of questions and answers--why I might jump off that mountain:
“What do people eat in heaven?” “Will I have to sleep on a cloud? I don’t want to sleep on a cloud. I want to sleep in my own bed with my blue dog and all my things. I want you to be there and daddy. Will you be there?”
“Of course I’ll be there…
And no; you don’t have to sleep on a cloud if you don’t want to. I haven’t been to Heaven personally so I don’t know what they eat there, but I am pretty sure it’s all your favorite foods. And yes, your beloved Blue Dog, who you’ve had since your first Christmas, will be there too.
And here’s the other thing: You don’t have to worry about dying or going to Heaven for a VERY long time.”
“But what if I die before you? I don’t want to be alone.”
“I’ll still be there.”
“I just will.”
“Does Jesus know Mother Nature?”
“If God is Jesus’s dad and God is powerful, why did he let Jesus die?”
These are just a smattering of the questions that Vacation Bible School elicits from loquacious, charming and curious son.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
To celebrate the paperback release of The Last Will of Moira Leahy, Therese Walsh is sponsoring the “My Sister and Me” contest on her Facebook Author page. The idea being that if you’re one of the winners, you’ll have a copy of one of these 51 books to keep and another copy to share–with a sister or a friend. Click here to see the list of generous authors participating:
And then, once you’ve drooled through the list, added these authors to your Twitter feeds and friended them all on Facebook, please go to Therese's Facebook author page, click LIKE it, then follow the simple instructions for entering the contest for a chance to win two copies of one of these books. Want to spread the word? Visit Therese's Facebook page to learn how doing so can earn you extra entries in the contest.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
“There’s too many lambs in the world. They’re being slaughtered. But not us.” He made a fist. “We’re going to live.” He shot his lean arm toward the ceiling, toward the shimmering light that seemed to cascade from the chandelier when they looked at it straight on.
“Come to Chelsea. Meet me in Chelsea.”
“What’s in Chelsea?”
“The poets and the queers.”
Gloria looked wide-eyed at him.
“I’m going to meet Jack Kerouac.”
“You’re kidding.” Across the table, they held hands.
She shook her head that she was not.
“He’s a man’s man. He’s the kind of man who needs me but doesn’t know it yet. Look at me,” Sheff said, fanning himself with Gloria’s notebook. “I’m hot all over now.”
Gloria laughed. “Do you really want to meet in Chelsea?”
“Why not? I’m supposed to meet this guy Sal who happens to look like the famous Sal Mineo. I’m supposed to meet Sal at the Chelsea Hotel which happens to be where Dylan Thomas died. I’m Sal’s muse or something. Sal is a writer. I doubt that Sal is his real name. He’s no Sal Paradise or anything.”
“Who’s Sal Paradise?”
“From Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road!”
“I don’t know it, but I read Madame Bovary.”
Sheff said, “I’ll loan you some books.” He leaned in and kissed her right smack on the lips. She felt flush. Sheffield Schoeffler, “the faggot menace,” sent fire through her limbs. He lit a fuse. For Gloria, it was kind of like being Erik, being stuck on that Ferris wheel beneath a black sky when all of the sudden, the world moved again. Life resumed, and Gloria was oh so grateful for that jolt.
Sheff sighed deeply. With his chin resting in his palm, he said, “You know, I have to be amorous of girls to shake this place from my heels.”
He took Gloria’s hand in his and gently parting her fingers, kissed her palm, pressing it to his lips. His breath was warm on her hand. “I should write a poem about you.”
“I’d like that.” And Gloria loved him. She understood that love is not about penises or having babies. It’s about poetry and lines that weave and hold lives and skin together.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I am inspired by the young writers I had the privilege to work with this past Thursday afternoon. Sometimes, it's too easy to overlook the talent and passion that young people have--and not just for video games--but for storytelling. I was blown away by the talent these folks possessed and by how much they wanted to write! The writers ranged in age from elementary school to high school, and Jessica (16) has completed her first novel and is currently submitting it to agents! Thanks to Valley Haggard and thanks to Ward at Chop Suey Books, and most importantly thanks to Bean (Hannah), Carla Adams (Kaavya), Jessica, Henry, Ryan, Maddie, Chico, Eli and Emily. Thanks again, Richmond's young writers!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I have a serious problem with losing things. I always have. This problem is apparently inherited from my dad. I can remember him stomping around the house like a lunatic, shouting, "Where are my god-damn keys?" I did not plan on following in his footsteps, but I did--to some degree--anyway.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
"First, great question! And one I'd never heard, but secondly, my characters are who they are. I know they're flawed and 'damaged' as Publisher's Weekly aptly stated, but that's what makes them so endearing, so real.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
On the Road Again
Five writer tips from a traveling novelist newbie:
1. When speaking or signing books in public, dress comfortably. There's nothing worse than boob sweat or having your dress stuck to the back of your thighs, or even worse--lodged in your underwear.
2. Even if no one buys or bothers to peruse your book, smile, and act like you don't mind. You're just happy to be invited.
3. If someone spends an hour talking to you about your novel, and your attention has been solely on this person, telling them why your book is a "Must Read" and "a great gift," as other readers have moved away, and then, this possible reader says, "I'm not buying anything today," or "I don't read" and walks away, don't be upset. Smile. You're happy just to be invited.
4. If you're sitting alone with your giant stack of books, and the stack is not shrinking, and you'd much rather be home writing your new book, get some paper out and have at it. Write anything. Better yet, read one of the ten books you've bought in support of your fellow writers. You'll learn something!
5. The most important rule: You're happy to be invited!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Writers, writers everywhere in Galax, Virginia.
Thanks to Chapters Bookshop for hosting the Authors on Grayson Street Festival.
Pictured: Me, Michele, Anne Clinard Barnhill author of At Home in the Land of Oz, and Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House.
My sweet son, who loathes having his picture taken, insisted on being in this shot--because it's hard sharing your mom with other authors.
I thoroughly enjoyed the company of Anne and Kathleen. It's fantastic meeting other talented writers.
Other highlights: meeting Kevin Donleavy, author of Strings of Life--Conversations with Old-Time Musicians from Virginia and North Carolina; Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, author of Mountain Nature (she was my table buddy!), Becky Mushko, author of Ferradiddledumday, An Appalachian Version of Rumpelstiltskin, and Peggy Ann Shifflett, author of The Red Flannel Rug and many other books centered around Appalachia. And Erica Eisdorfer, author of The Wet Nurse's Tale. In addition to being a talented novelist, Erica manages The Bull's Head Bookshop in Chapel Hill.
I had such a nice time in Galax. And it was the most fun getting to hang out in Chestnut Creek with my husband and son. Thanks, Galax. We'll be back!
Friday, June 11, 2010
I want to hold time still. Yesterday in Chestnut Creek with my son; keep the picture, the smell, temperature, taste, rockiness and certainty with me. Certainty seems hard to come by sometimes.
Galax is beautiful: writers, monarch butterflies, crayfish, river glass, chestnuts, the Galax leaf. Sunday, I drive to Chapel Hill to tape Bookwatch with D. G. Martin, who was so wonderful to invite me.
And Tuesday, I get to meet with the Richmond Book Club in Midlothian. I am THRILLED that they've embraced me and my book. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today in Galax I met fellow writers: Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, Peggy Ann Shifflett, Kathleen Grissom (who spoke with Heidi Durrow at the VA Festival of the Book), Anne Clinard Barnhill (a friend of Therese Fowler's) and Becky Mushko. I can't wait to post my pictures (forgot my USB cable).
Monday, June 7, 2010
Oh, yes it will! As the steamy weather continues, so do the thunderstorms. People who have read my debut novel tell me that they think twice now about staying outside to finish gardening or play ball, and I'M GLAD.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Imagine that after writing approximately 1,000 typed double-spaced pages only to discover that you're writing the wrong character's story, you begin again, writing an actual novel, 400 or so pages. Then, it needs work. Of course it needs work because it's too cheesy and too magical and too goddess-y for what you really like to write and "evoke." Okay, so you revise.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Victoria Winterhalter, mother, teacher and writer, speaks about the connections between Motherhood and Writing. She has an incredible amount of insight on parenting--all free and accessible at Parenting By the Book, Richmond Family Magazine's blog.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I am excited to host my first ever guest blogger this Friday, May 21st!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8th in Middleburg, Virginia
Not to mention, this crazy blue-eyed man accompanied me. Thank God for the great folks at Books & Crannies for rescuing me. I had a blast. Middleburg is a quaint beautiful town. I met a musician/bartender at Le Bar who made us feel right at home, and Teddy @ Teddy's Pizza made me blush. What a great weekend!
Monday, May 3, 2010
I am revising my latest book today, and I am tossing whole chapters. Kill the little darlings is what Faulkner said, and I'm doing it. These aren't even little darlings, these are big darlings, but I think and I hope that in the end, I will be all the better for it. I used to say that I wrote 1,000 pages for every 100 I keep. I'm going to have to up that number to 2,000 pages for every 100 pages.
Friday, April 30, 2010
I took The Page 69 Test. This is the coolest blog because it asks the question NOT necessarily on everyone's mind, but a really cool question: Does page 69 in the book that you wrote represent the overall story or theme of your novel?
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We have had the best time in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. Thank you to Regulator Books and Flyleaf Books for their kindness. And thank you to DG Martin for interviewing me for 1360 WCHL Chapel Hill. He's a delight!
Last night after my reading at Flyleaf, I was at a local pizza place, IP 3 (rocked!!) and saw the White Snake video with Tawny Kitaen rolling all over the car, and I felt really happy that I'm not "traveling down the only road I've ever known". Not to mention, every single time that I see that White Snake video I want to roll around on a Trans Am or Camaro or whatever muscle car that is. Here's to Tawny Kitaen! I first encountered her in the movie Bachelor Party--I think. I'm showing my age.
Hat's off to Tawny.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
And... if you miss me at Flyleaf Books, catch me Wednesday at Regulator Books in Durham, NC. I'll be reading from THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS and signing books. I hope to see you there. http://regulatorbookshop.com
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I love this woman!