Monday, November 29, 2010

Perfect Birds


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.

I made some final tweaks today and rather than feeling insecure, I'm elated that my newest characters: Gloria, Sheff, Eddie, Molly, Frank and Isabel have come to life.

When I visit with writers or book clubs, I'm often asked, "Is it hard when a book ends? Is it hard letting the characters go?"

The thing is... I've realized... They never go. They are always here with me, and I am grateful!

*I am also grateful for the two perfect birds above: Gemma Driver Cioletti, new mama, and Chrissy Robin, back when he was a Buddha Baby. TELL ME ABOUT SOME BEAUTIFUL BIRDS THAT YOU KNOW!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Barnes and Noble at Short Pump Town Center


I will be at Barnes and Noble at Short Pump Town Center this Saturday from 1 to 4 pm.

I am hoping to have a swell time this Saturday--like eating cotton candy--and write a glowing blog after spending the afternoon there.

I am delighted that they're having me.

A signed first edition hardback copy of The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors will make a great Christmas or Hanukkah present.

Friday, November 5, 2010

It's only rock and roll but I like it...



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.

Seriously, this was a hard book to write. During the process, the characters became so real, they wrote letters to me. Now, mind you, I'm not delusional--I don't think--so I know that I was the one doing the writing, but these characters of mine, Gloria and Sheff, wrote me letters! "Dear Michele,..." they said. They said a lot more, but it'll ruin the novel if I tell you exactly what they said. I kept joking, "At least they haven't texted me," at which, my friend Vicki promptly borrowed a stranger's phone and sent me texts from Becca and Buckley. Thanks, Vicki, for keeping it light.


I also made collages of every scene in the book while writing the novel. It's a wonderful gift to have all these darlings in my head. But, it can be a little strange sometimes too. It's all in the living and the doing. Boy, I feel happy some days. I hope you do too. All my love. michele aka shel



Monday, November 1, 2010

Bookwatch| Michele Young-Stone | UNC-TV

Can you help me write a novel ending? (pun intended)


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.

What you got? Death? Blood? Guts? Romance? How should a great novel end? (Let's assume that it's great and that it can end any way that you want...)

Help a sister out!