. . . in order to discuss topics as varied as the importance of setting, what I’m reading these days, and why I would invite Lynda Barry over Sherlock Holmes if I were hosting a dinner party. If any of this sounds interesting, check out my interview over at My Bookish Ways or my guest post on setting and landscape at Book Snob. (A full list of all my online appearances–with links–is available here on the site under the heading “Other Writings.”)
It’s been a lot of fun cavorting around the web talking of books and travel and why it’s important to laugh sometimes, even when the world is dark and the skies raining with blood, etc. With several new interviews and guest blogging invitations currently in the works, I suspect you have not heard the last of me for a while. Stay tuned!
I’m am so pleased (and relieved) to be able to say that the launch day for The Thing About Great White Sharks was an enormous success. On the local front, the book launch party went off without a hitch. We had a great turnout, food was eaten, wine was drunk, a story (“Orchids”) was read, and merriment was made. Kodi Scheer provided a wonderful introduction to the evening and my father, bless his heart, showed up with a poster blow-up of my very first book review.
Which takes us to launch day success story #2: The Thing About Great White Sharks received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly!
To say I am excited about this is an understatement. I am absolutely thrilled that PW enjoyed the diversity of the collection and considers me a “promising writer stretching her talents in every imaginable direction.” If you would like to read all of the kind things said about myself and my stories (and who am I to stop you?) the full review of Sharks can be found on the Publisher’s Weekly website.
There were other wonderful things that happened yesterday–friends running around to make sure everything at the book party came off beautifully, flowers that arrived unexpectedly, etc., but there are two other big bits of Internet Related news I would like to share:
One: my book was featured on John Scalzi’s site Whatever as yesterday’s Big Idea! Ever wondered what Lofty Theme unites the stories in Sharks? Now you can find out. (Hint: it all comes back to character.)
Two: I was Monday’s Guest Blogger on the SF Signal, talking about dark subjects, humorous writing, and how (and why) they should come together.
Whew! A lot of appearances, a lot of excitement, a lot of words. The important thing behind all of it is that The Thing About Great White Sharks is out in the world. That means that it belongs to you, friends. I hope you enjoy!