Monday, April 29, 2013

NYC Here I Come!!!

Writing to me has always been synonymous with New York City. Perhaps because of my slight obsession with Sex and the City or perhaps because New York always makes feel alive. I am finally going to New York as an author, and I'm so excited that I can barely contain it.

I will be in NYC for two reasons. I am honored that Kobo has invited me to be a Writer in Residence at Book Expo America. I'll be signing paperback copies of Finding Lucas and can't wait to meet everyone who will be attending. I am also hosting Book Buzz 2013 with some of the hottest new names in women's fiction and a NYT bestselling author I've revered for a long time. So, if you like books and booze, check out our event! We'd love to see you there!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ebook Sale! Finding Lucas Turns One Year Old!

Wow, I can't believe it's been a year since I published Finding Lucas. And what a year it's been! When I think back to April 18th, 2012 and how much has happened since then, I am profoundly grateful. Not everyone gets to live their dream, but I have. To celebrate my bookaversary, Finding Lucas is on sale for .99 from April 18-April 21.

Being an author is what I have wanted since I was ten years old. And I think I always knew it would happen, but I was never quite sure how. And when I self-published Finding Lucas, even though I'd done so much research, I really had no clue what to do next. It was the people I met along the way, authors, readers and bloggers, who opened up the world of books and publishing to me. Without them, I would not have had the incredible twelve months I've had. I owe a huge debt to them for showing me how to navigate social media and how incredibly supportive and kind the book community is. Many of them have become friends and the relationships are precious to me.

Thank you to everyone who has read Finding Lucas. Your comments, reviews and support mean the world to me and they make me believe that choosing to sit hunched over at a desk all day was the best thing I could have done.

I am so honored to be an author and can't wait until my second novel, Everything But, is released. Back to revisions!

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Next Big Thing: I'm It!

When Janis Thomas, the author of one of my favorite books, Something New, tagged me in The Next Big Thing, I was very excited. I play tag with my kids so playing it with authors in a grown up, non-sweaty kind of way sounded like so much fun. Basically, authors tag each other to discuss their current Works in Progress (aka WIPS) or upcoming books. Be sure to read to the end of the post to check out the authors I'm tagging.

What is the working title of your book?

The title is Everything But. Usually, I find titles incredibly challenging, but this one seems to fit the story perfectly.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have always wanted to write a story about someone who never wanted children and changes her mind because I've seen a lot of couples go through the anguish that comes when two people who love each other want very different things.

What genre does your book fall under?

Everything But can be classified as women’s fiction. Finding Lucas, my first novel, is chick lit or romantic comedy, and though Everything But has some hilarious moments, it is more serious than Finding Lucas.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is such a great question. I'm still in final edits on Everything But, but as of now, I can picture Natalie Portman as Maddy, my main character, and since I can choose anyone, I'd cast Brad Pitt as her husband, Jack. And then I'd show up on the set to consult a lot!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Well, I can get it down to two sentences.

Maddy Taylor never wanted kids until an incident with a Bugaboo stroller changes everything. But with a not so keen husband, will Maddy choose love or a baby? 
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will most likely self-publish...unless the incredible happens and a publishing house discovers me. One can dream!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It's taken a few years to write a draft (I had a couple of kids in between) and about six months of re-writes. I'm getting close to finishing the final draft. I can see it on my computer, calling to me.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Until I was in my early thirties, I was adamant that I didn't want kids. But I suddenly realized that I did want them and discovered that it's not as easy it sounds. Pregnancy is not simple for everyone, and I wanted to create a relatable character who faces the challenges so many of us women have gone through. Also, I wanted to write a story in which one half of a couple doesn't want kids and the other does because this happens all of the time. How does Maddy make that choice?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I hope that the heartbreak and happiness Maddy experiences will resonate with my readers. The book is written with humor, sadness and honesty, and I think readers will connect to Maddy and her struggle to have both love and a child.

Thanks so much for stopping by and learning a bit about Everything But!

Now, for the incredible authors I'm tagging.

Incredibly prolific NYT bestselling author Eileen Goudge has long been one of my favorite writers. When Eileen and I connected on Twitter, I realized that not only is she one of the best women's fiction writers out there, but she is also funny, kind and so interesting. Read all about her upcoming mystery on her blog.

Francine LaSala is both an editor and extraordinary writer. I have now read both of her books, Rita Hayworth's Shoes and The Girl, The Gold Tooth and Everything. I can honestly say that I know no other writer like her. Quirky, unique and immensely talented, Francine is incomparable. And the more I get to know her, I'm convinced we were separated at birth.

Patricia Mann is the author of Is This All There Is?. I have just started reading it and am completely hooked. Raw, real and incredibly well-written, this book is going to keep me up nights.

So, check out these amazing authors and stay tuned for more exciting news...