All feels right with the world. I am excited to begin edits on my next book. It has been a good while in the making. Looking back at journal entries, I realize that I started the book toward the end of 2010/the beginning of 2011--after finishing PERFECT BIRDS, my second novel. It sounds a little confusing, but basically, I've written two novels since THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS, and the third one will be the next one to be published; it will be my first novel published by Simon and Schuster. (The Handbook... was published by a branch of Random House.)
Over the past two years, there were times when I thought that I
would never be able to render this story the justice it deserved. It is an epic novel spanning oceans, wars and generations, but it is also an intimate novel, a story of one family, splintered, but connected by the power of two girls borns with wings. I had trouble finding that intimate fully-formed narrative amidst the larger world view of a country ravaged by war and occupied for fifty years. But I did it. Insert weird cheer dance here.
All is right with the world. The seeds have sprouted. It's the growing season.
But, you might ask:
Q. When will it be published?
And, I'd tell you in my long-winded way:
A. I don't know, not yet, but I'm all right with that. Maybe next year, I think, but again, I'm not sure, and again, I'm really good with that. You see, when it is published, it will be the book that I always hoped it would be. It will be a novel that you'll want to read. It will be one of those books that you won't want to put down, but near the end, you'll only read a page at a time because you won't want it to be over. Every novelist wants to write a book like that. I think maybe hopefully that I've succeeded at this. We'll see. Fingers crossed.
It feels good to be over the rainbow. There really is a pot of gold down there.