Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Books Have Arrived!

After several weeks delay, the books finally arrived on my doorstep! Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Hope, the Heartache and the Happiness of Raising a Special Needs Child. The cover looks great, the pages clean and crisp, and there it is: my name in the table of contents and my essay with a byline.

Now that the initial press run is done and out, I get to pound the pavement with books in hand, setting up booktalks and signings, spreading the word to parents, moms, dads, teachers, social workers, healthcare professionals--anyone who loves or works with special needs children.

A caveat to future readers: This book doesn't sugar coat the lives of the women telling their chidren's stories. The essays are honest and raw. But I strongly believe the honesty is what helps make the book such a powerful read. Yes, the stories often leave one searching for a box of tissue, but hope echoes bright amidst the angst, anger, and frustration, offering readers insights and reassurance that they are not alone as they navigate the trenches with a special-needs kids.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Writer-ly Update: On the Mend and In the Groove

My back's on the mend and the girls returned to school. The alone time's been good. Not only am I making good progress uncluttering the office and getting organized, I've been making excellent headway on my manuscript, pruning, streamlining, and developing a throughline my character would truly die for.

Teen writer's group meets today. The topic: characters and starting them on their journey. Next time: plot.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Busy Writer's Prescription: Bad back, Bed Rest and Harry Potter

My back went out without warning over the weekend. With the girls under foot, and homework for Plotting the Novel hanging over my head, the forced bedrest and frequent breaks I need to take are less than convenient. However, there has been an upside to all of this: I finished Harry Potter yesterday. Wowsza! The last 200 pages of so, the house could have burned down around me and I probably wouldn't have noticed.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Explore the Forest

The Summer issue of Edge of the Forest is ready for you to explore. Interviews by yours truly:

Blogging Writer, Brenda Ferber about her writing life, her creative process, and her new blog, the first we know of in the kidlitosphere written by an author's children for the author.

What's in Their Backpack, an interview with Brenda's very funny kids about what they're reading and why.

I hope you agree this issue was well worth the wait. Happy reading.