Each year, thousands of people worldwide challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November through Nanowrimo.org. When a friend talked me into doing it six years ago, I did it begrudgingly–I was newly pregnant and cranky and hormonal, and I’d just spent a year writing a really (really, really) crappy draft of a book that will never see the outside of my file cabinet. But the first draft that I wrote during that November was the first draft of How Lucky You Are, and there are tons of other examples of published novels that started as NaNoWriMo projects, including notable books like Water for Elephants and The Night Circus.
All of this is to say that if you have ever thought about writing a novel, here’s an opportunity to push yourself and DO IT. I love the NaNoWriMo folks, so I’m thrilled to be working with them this year as a “NaNoCoach.” Starting today, I’ll take over their Twitter feed for the week and post daily encouragements and also answer questions from participants. I have some fun things planned. If you’re interested in checking it out, search #NaNoCoach on Twitter. And if you’ve already signed up to participate, CONGRATS. You won’t regret this!Read More
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Hello out there. I have updates!
I turned in the manuscript for the second book. Hooray! I am very excited about where this story is headed. It’s about a lot of things–long relationships, abandoning the blueprint, the power of forgiveness. And it’s set in my beloved Durham, which was a lot of fun to write.
I Skyped with a book group in Ohio last night and had the most fun. Writing is so solitary and connecting with readers is the most gratifying thing.
The site is going to get a facelift before long and I am phasing out this section. I’ve found that it just makes more sense to post updates and book news on my Facebook author page, so please come find me there!
All best to you in October, the greatest month of all, in my book.
It’s been so long since I’ve posted but I have a good excuse: I’m hard at work on the next book. Here’s some chapter-by-chapter evidence:
In any event, I’m back today with exciting news: How Lucky You Are comes out in the UK tomorrow, where it will be published as Through It All. I love that my UK debut is happening on July 4.
Hope you’re having a lovely summer wherever you may be!Read More
I am thrilled to report that How Lucky You Are will be published in Poland in June. Like Waverly, the book’s main character, I’m half Polish, and very proud of my heritage, so I was over the moon when I found out that we had sold rights to Filia, a Polish publisher. Here’s a peek at the cover. The title translates to Lucky.Read More
I just discovered Authorgraph, a free service that enables you to get ebooks electronically signed by their authors. Pretty cool! I just added How Lucky You Are, so if you read the ebook version and want it “signed” you can head to my author page here. No promises on my electronic signature’s legibility (though, if I’m being honest, the real thing isn’t much better!).Read More