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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Hello from the scorchingly hot Pacific Northwest. Now, there's a sentence one doesn't hear too often. :)
I don't have a ton of news this week. It's been so hot around the country that I think everything and everyone has slowed down, and that includes writers and publishers. But I have finally seen a not-quite-finished version of the cover for my new book, Winter Garden, and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys. You're absolutely the first people outside of New York to see it, and I look forward to your thoughts!
I think it's stunning, but in the end, its really what you think that matters. You can see from the cover image that this is a new setting for me. I have spent a lot of time writing about beachfront-type places around the Northwest. I am, as you all know, a sand and surf and mai tai girl, but in Winter Garden I've moved east a bit, to the central part of Washington state. Its a stark, fertile countryside, dominated by towering, snowcapped mountains, wide slow moving rivers and acres and acres of fruit trees. The Wenatchee valley, to be precise. When you hear about our famous Washington apples, this is where most of them are grown.
There are a lot of things that are new and different in this story, actually. It isn't set only in the northwest. Winter Garden has a big story to tell, one that spans decades and continents. The story moves from Washington state to Alaska to Africa to Russia. (You didn't think I'd go all the way to Africa and not tell you about it in a book, did you?) At it's core, it's a story of two estranged sisters and the promise they make to their dying father. To fulfill this promise, they will have to try to get to know their cold, distant mother. It is a promise that will lead them into the dark, unexpected landscape of their mother's unknown past.
In starting this novel, I began with a single question: Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn't know her mother's secrets? What would you do if you found out that your mother had had a whole other life, about which you knew nothing...
Anyway, I'm sure that's enough scoop for now. The book won't even be out until February, but I wanted you all to have the first peek.
And now a little bit about the F word.
It was worth signing on to Facebook just to use that sentence. :) But really, I have to admit that I'm getting the hang of it a bit more and it's kind of cool. I see a few of my firefly friends on the fansite, and I want to thank you so much for buzzing over. It's great to see a friendly name posting. We had an interesting discussion over there, which I wanted to pose to you, too.
What are your favorite tearjerker novels? Here are a few of mine: The Thorn Birds, Shogun, Gone With The Wind, Prince of Tides, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, Hot Shot, and Katherine.
Keep checking in. I have some big things planned for the website next month--a cool new addition, and as always, it'll start with the blog. And a promotion dedicated to the fireflies...
Oh, one more thing. Soon, I'm going to bring you a guest blog from a wonderful writer who also happens to be a totally cool chick--Jacquelyn Mitchard. She's going to come around this month and tell you all a little about her new book, No Time To Wave Goodbye, which is the long anticipated sequel to her bestseller, The Deep End of the Ocean. I've read NTTWG and I can tell you that you're in for a treat. If you have any specific questions for Jackie, let me know and I'll pass them along.
aloha and keep cool---