Friday, May 7, 2010

Revelations!!


There are so many things that I've wanted to blog about lately, but I've been "mad with the words," revising ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL for the TWELFTH time--not including the 2,000 pages I wrote leading up to these twelve drafts.

That said: REVELATION. The reason that I wanted to be a published novelist is so that I could help people to see the world in a new way. I wanted to make people feel things deeply and appreciate what they have, what they might take for granted. And I wanted to entertain... And I'm driven to do this. I love writing stories!

So, today, I got the following email from a reader:

Favorite line: 'Buckley squeezed Joan Holt's hand.' And his 'Excerpts' are written in such an honest and believable and cute voice....a terrific effort." so keep writing! You put a lot of other current novelists to shame: wit, wisdom and talent for nuance are all there in your work. Right on, sister.

And the following phone call from a friend/reader:

I hadn't read a book in fifteen years, and then I couldn't put yours down. Thank you for making me want to read again.

Oh, and three days ago, I got this email:

I love your book, I'm a lightning strike survivor too, I bought your book in a trip to Washington but I live in Caracas, Venezuela. Thank you for giving me the impulse to write in spanish my own story. Congratulations!!! Looking forward for your second book. Best regards

For the record, I am all torn up! There were years when I thought I'd never publish. I am so happy that people are enjoying my words.

AND... Check out my guest spot on Coffee with a Canine. It's too fun! http://coffeecanine.blogspot.com/

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