April 29, 2008
Ketha’s Daughter is out now! My publisher sent me a .pdf of the completed book yesterday, and it looks great. I added some extra artwork to the title page and one of the appendices. When I get back home, I will post a couple of samples.
I am the spotlight author on Long and Short reviews, which is pretty exciting as well. I will be answering five questions this week about the way I write.
We will be heading home Friday, after a lovely time here in the USA. Today we had to get extra suitcases to handle all our acquisitions! One thing about living in the Southern hemisphere–since the seasons are opposite it is great being able to shop the springtime sales for sweaters and other cold weather gear!
I sure am looking forward to getting home and getting back to writing though.
April 23, 2008
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I am disappointed to report that the release of Ketha’s Daughter has been delayed one week due to circumstances beyond my publisher’s control. New date is April 28th. Stay tuned for updates.
April 22, 2008
I just got done with a novel, and I won’t tell you what it was called or who wrote it. It was a dissatisfying read. Not because the story wasn’t interesting–it was. It was fast-paced and imaginative. The problem was with the protagonist. He was tall, good-looking, debonair, brave, well-spoken, humble, resourceful and a chick magnet. During the course of the book he never: got hurt, lost an argument or a fight, backed down, made a mistake…
I think you see where I am going with this.
I got the impression that the author might have been writing about a perfect version of himself.
Face it, we all make mistakes. That is how we learn and grow. To have a main character who never puts a foot wrong takes all the interest out of the book, at least for me. We want our characters to be engaging–to be human. This guy was just annoying.
Has anyone else encountered this, and if so, did it bother you?
April 18, 2008
Another quick post from my sister’s computer. We have been here nearly a week, in Pensacola Florida. The weather has been glorious. Our days revolve around seeing family, shopping, and making huge meals for all ten of us to sit down and share. My sister comes and goes as she is allowed. She is a busy physician with a pathology practice, so 12 hour days are the usual for her. But she still manages to run a small farm with chickens and three enormous horses. Amazing!
The weather has been glorious since we arrived, sunny and not too hot. Of course we plan to go to the beach, and to Mobile, Alabama for the day, and more shopping…
I am an American, in case I haven’t mentioned it before. I moved to New Zealand seven years ago, following the call of my heart. I am happy there, but I don’t really feel at home, if that makes any sense. The language is the same, but the people are very different, and I sometimes feel a little uneasy. Americans, as you may have heard from time to time, are not the most popular people in the world right now.
I try not to get sucked into arguments, because I don’t think it helps. People here have preconceived notions as to what Americans are like (fat, obnoxious, opinionated, stupid) and the best way to counter those opinions IMHP is not to be any of those things.
But it sure is nice to be back again.
April 14, 2008
I have been reviewed by Sage Fire and I am quite happy with it! Have a look:
8 campfires. Yay.
I will have to figure out how to use it in some promotional materials.
I am in the USA. Hooray for malls. Hooray for Sonic. Never take these things for granted…
April 7, 2008
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