Wednesday, March 10, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION : DAY 33

33 DAYS TO GO!!!!

Wow! It's hard to believe. In fact, I emailed my agent yesterday to find out when the actual hardcover books would be "made." I guess that's what one says. Hmmm. Anyway, she said, "Two to three weeks." I can't believe it. When I actually see my novel in hardcover, I will most probably cry. It's a chubby buck-toothed frizzy headed seven year old girl's dream come to fruition.

Mom said, "We thought you copied the words out of books. We were only humoring you when we said, 'That's wonderful, Micki.'" Man, I'm so glad that-- thinking their daughter was delusional--they humored me. 33 days to go!

I love my mom. This first novel THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS is dedicated to her. She's always been my gage, my guide, my sage, my bff.

Here's a glimpse from the new book:

It was an ugly place with ugly doctors, most of whom weren’t medical doctors, but all of whom, regardless of qualifications, believed that the deviance called homosexuality could be cured. Gloria had been brainwashed by Isabel, and they could—with enough time—fix her. Because it was an ugly place, and Gloria’s story is one of all things beautiful, her time at the institute is a blip in an otherwise complex and nuanced existence. That’s how she wants it, and she’s allowed to make choices, to determine what’s relived with detail and what’s skimmed.

c. 2009 by Michele Young-Stone

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