Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Win a free autographed book!

My son the pirate drew a name, and the winner of a signed book is Caroline. My silly pirate giveaway comes to a close. Congrats, Caroline!!!!

*I'll draw names from the first ten people who comment on this post and send you an autographed copy of The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors. Tell me whether you like pirates, wenches, pirate lore... Why or why not? Do you like Johnny Depp? I do...

Dear Readers,

After the experience of seeing my book in a bookstore and having the opportunity to share it with my son and my husband, the GREATEST thing about releasing a book into the wild is the response I get from you!

Recently, a reader emailed me to say how much she wanted to hate the character Patty-Cake, but that she couldn't hate her. I emailed back: "When I wrote her, I wanted to hate her too, but I couldn't either. She's a strong woman who knows what she wants."

It's incredible that readers (you) are connecting with the characters inhabiting my head, making their way onto the page. A big huge THANK YOU to all the readers and bloggers who continue to reach out to me.



  1. Hi Michelle,
    Can't help but love a pirate, I have known a few in my life, loveable rogues!
    Johnny Depp was made to be a pirate, gorgeous!!

  2. Hi Michelle,

    I would love to be a wench - just for a day!! Ha ha maybe I would love more to be Johnny Depps wench - just for a day!

    Love the photo - loved, loved the book!!

  3. Hi Michelle,
    I can't deny that I do love Johnny Depp. I would gladly sail around with him! He is the only pirate that could distract me enough to forget about my sea sickness :)

  4. Thanks for responding, gals. I'll wait until Monday to draw a name. I think that I too would like to be Johnny Depp's wench! :-)

  5. being male, I appreciate Johnny's performance in the pirate movies on a different basis :)

    As to Patty Cake, I think that it is harder to be 100% angry with a literary character when you understand WHY they do what they do. As I stated at the Chester Library talk, I appreciated your ability to create somewhat unlikeable characters who do some damage in this world, and then help the reader to understand them.
    -Chris Wiegard