I plan to read the last chapter of the book which explains what’s going on with Caroline—the protagonist—why she doesn’t remember the devastating events of her past, why she’s had to Google herself to fill in the blanks, and pretty much all the mystery & suspense surrounding the “page-turner” that the San Francisco Book Review gives “5-Stars”— eliminating, for you, the need to read the entire book, which will save you at least the better part of a weekend. All that and a glass of wine for $8. How can you beat that?
Of course I’m not going to read the last chapter. I plan to read something else. No, I haven’t figured out what that is yet. But—expect it to be so beguiling that you’ll want to get your own copy, right there, and read it from beginning to end as soon as you get home. Good thing the reading starts at 6pm, you’ll have plenty of time to read later that night.
Oh, I wasn’t kidding about the wine, though—there’ll be plenty of that!
It is widely known that if you’re fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between. I say lucky enough to have people talk about it because that’s the point, isn’t it? One of them. In the most basic terms, provoking a reaction is one of an artist’s motivations. And let’s face it; these days if there’s a reaction to anything, God knows, it’s not a private one. We are, as a generation, more public than public was ever meant to be—about everything. So knowing all this up front, as an author, is it possible to prepare yourself for polar reactions?
Yes, I believe you can. However just because you are prepared for this, it doesn’t protect you from feeling unsettled when the bad ones appear like storm clouds over your beach blanket. All the preparation in the world will not shield your ego or arm your teetering self-esteem. What’s worse is if you’re like me, continue reading
The absolute greatest indulgence in the world for an author is to have an opportunity to connect with her readers. It is a thrill unlike anything else, and so far, in these last 64 days, I have heard from readers in a variety of ways.
Some people have called me. These readers, of course, are friends and family. As it turns out, this is as thrilling for them as it is for me because, typically, they aren’t able to finish reading a book, then pick up the phone to call the author with a question. Other readers have been in touch by reviewing the book on Amazon or Goodreads or Barnes and Noble. Some readers have asked me questions on my Goodreads page or started to follow my blog and have left comments there.
That’s where I recently heard from a reader from Portland, Oregon . . . Continue reading →
Forget about Matt Lauer and Flat Stanley, where in the world is THE MEMORY BOX?
There’s nothing more exciting for an author than to see her book popping up in places outside of her home town (okay, her home…). All authors have a not-so-secret fantasy of seeing someone on a subway or train or plane reading their book. I’m definitely one of them! So in recent weeks, you can imagine my excitement to hear of THE MEMORY BOX being spotted in or taken to the far flung reaches of the globe. You know who you are: Sue Ann in Greece, Katia in Belgium, Jane in Michigan, Sydney in Hawaii, Stacey in Myrtle Beach, Kim in Portugal, Judee in Canada, Aileen in California, Anthe in Greece, Annette in Florida, Hope in Long Island, Renee in New York, Pat in his kitchen. Inspired by your posts . . . Continue reading →