Firefly Lane hits the shelves--
Monday, February 4, 2008
Well, after two years of waiting, planning, and hoping, the release date of Firefly Lane is now at hand! I have to say, I'm really excited. It's been so long since I've seen a new book on the stands that it almost feels like a new beginning to a career that has been bustling along for almost twenty years. Those of you who have--quite kindly--read this blog and perused my new website, know that this book is a very special novel for me. Quite simply, it's the most personal novel I've ever written. So much of my past peeks through the cracks of this story, whether it's the time period, the place, the music. Whatever.
I've never been very good at synopsizing my own novels, and I'm even worse at promoting them. The truth is that what I love is writing them...conceiving the story, creating the characters, molding the dialogue. For the year (and with Firefly Lane, it was twice that long) that I inhabit a particular story world, I am totally obsessed. If it weren't for people forcing me to occasionally get dressed and leave my house, I could sit with my notepads forever, dreaming. The process of writing is totally compelling for me. That being said, once the process is over and done with, one has to look at the book itself, and after all that work, some books simply work better than others. It's a fact of life. Sometimes we writers nail our vision and sometimes we stumble.
I'm glad to say that with Firefly, I really feel that the book lives up to all the effort. Mostly, this is because of the characters: Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart. I just loved these two women. It sounds crazy, because I know I created them, but somehow they grew beyond my expectations. No matter how many times I read and re-read and edited their story, I was always entertained. Perhaps this is precisely because of how keenly I relate to the story. It takes place in my hometown, and begins in my era--the late seventies. The story follows these two women, and their remarkable friendship, for thirty years. It really is a valentine to female friendship, a novel that explores how invaluable those relationships are in our lives. So how cool is it that my publisher decided to bring it out in February??
I really want to thank all of you who dared to step out of the shadows and post on this blog. I've loved reading your thoughts and gathering your ideas. It only reinforces what I believe about the community of women. We are all so very alike--it doesn't matter what choices we've made or where we've lived or who we've loved--it's so much more fundamental than that. It's about who we are in our heart.
Thanks again, and keep checking in. As you know from the website, I'll be on the road--hoping to meet you in person--for the next couple of weeks. I'll try to post from some of the various cities and say hey.
Take care and I hope you enjoy Firefly Lane--