Unveiling the Cover...

When writing a novel, you spend countless hours / days / months crafting the words that will ultimately make up the inside pages of your book. The book’s outer appearance, however, is a mystery. If you’re working with a traditional publisher, you put your trust in an art and marketing team to create a design that represents your story and, if all goes well, entices readers to open the book to the first page.

For this writer, the mystery is over. I am delighted to unveil the cover design for FAMILY TREES, which will appear in stores next June!

Thanks to my team at Kensington Publishing Corp. for their hard work and for daring to do something different!

Where are they now?

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Have you ever reached the end of a favorite novel and felt that slight pang of sadness for having to say goodbye to the characters? Did you ever close the book and wonder, even for a moment, what happened to those characters after that last page?

I have. Countless times. In fact, I even did it when I finished writing my first novel. I had thought about my characters for so long – imagining everything from their greatest joys and inner struggles, to simple things, like how they take their coffee and what makes them laugh.

Once I submitted my finished manuscript to my agent, I thought – that’s it! Sure, there will be edits and revisions, but the story was complete and I was happy with its ending.

Imagine my delight, a short time later, when my publisher asked me to do that one thing that I’ve wanted to do with other books – not only imagine what happened next, but make it happen. Write Book Two. What an incredible opportunity!

But here’s the kicker. Imagining what happened to those characters is one thing. Writing about it is another. I had decisions to make. Should I put my characters on an easy path? Or should I turn their lives upside-down – again.

Since life is fraught with unexpected twists and turns, I chose the latter. So this summer, with kids jumping on the trampoline, carpools and activities in high drive, weeds in the garden, brats on the grill, and an October writing deadline looming…  I get to imagine what happened to Ryan Chambers and Shelby Meyers after the last page of FAMILY TREES. And when I reach the ending, I’ll have to say goodbye once again. 

Ready for Book Two

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Phew! Edits to FAMILY TREES are done and the revised manuscript is off to my editor. Now for a day of rest before tackling "Book 2" in the morning…

I have a publisher!

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October 3, 2013

After a lot of work and a bit of luck, I am thrilled to announce that I sold my debut novel to Kensington Books yesterday! They made a two-book offer for my manuscript, FAMILY TREES (commercial women's fiction), and its sequel (which is currently nothing more than a few ideas on an otherwise blank page.) Both books will be released in 2015.

 

When I sent my pages off to New York several months ago, I was proud to have accomplished my dream of writing a book. I didn't know what would happen next and I knew the odds were stacked against me. Everything that has happened since that day has simply exceeded my expectations.

 

Thanks those who have encouraged, challenged, prodded, advised, cheered, and celebrated with me from page one!