Heading East of the Mountains...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hey everyone---

I'm sorry that I've been a little AWOL lately. I'm working HARD to finish the book for 2011 (I know, I know, you've heard that before). The problem is that books are never done. I think I'll share a bit about my less than straightforward process when I get home. For now, I'm off to the mountains for a speech and book signing.

Talk to you all when I get back!


Anonymous Lisa - TX Firefly said...

Kristin, you take all the time you need if it means we get another fabulous finished product! I would love to hear about your creative process. Look forward to it.

I finished The Hour I First Believed. Really enjoyed it. You mentioned wanting to read Wally Lamb. I recommend it. He is a great writer. His books usually have a slight strangeness to them, but I love them.

I am currently reading CAUGHT, Harlan Coben's new book. And, on my pile, patiently waiting their turn are ....... Prima Donna, House Rules, and Worst Case.

Happy Easter and God Bless to all of my Firefly friends!


April 2, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Just as Lisa said, take as much time as you need! I'm steadily working my way through my huge stack of books. Still working on The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, as soon as I finish that I'm on to True Colors! I'm VERY excited about that. Last month I finished the fith installment of The Vampire Diaries series and loved it, but I didn't fully get why L.J. Smith said it was for mature audinces on her website.

Have a great April and hope it doesn't rain too much,


April 5, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Kari Simonson said...

Krstin...I JUST finished Winter Garden. It is just a wonderfully woven story! I cried at the end...which rarely happens for me.
Excellent writing! I particularly enjoyed the imagery in your writing. SO many phrases that I re-read just to see the picture you were creating!

April 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Tracie Lynne Hall said...

I'm Tracie Hall.
I'm one of those people who frequents garage sales and library used books sales and brings home every book that looks interesting. I love Barnes and Noble bookstores but I tend to have more restraint there...still, once in a while, if something looks intriguing and it's on sale, and I just got paid; IT'S MINE! That's what happened with "Firefly lane". My Mom passed away in 2003 at the age of 77. It may not be EVERY day that I "talk" to her, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is. Mom grew up in Massachusetts and one of my favorite Mom stories was her story about how her older brother would cheer her up sometimes by bringing a jar of fireflies to her room and releasing them. So your cover caught me on the Mom level before I even opened it.
I didn't actually read it right away. With all those used books keeping me busy it went to my shelf as a "dessert" book; i.e., something to look forward to once I finished the non-fiction one I was on...but then I joined a book club at work (no surprise there I work at a University library) so was busy with "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout when I began my jury duty. I ended up on a murder case with a gang special enhancement and almost hated that I was stuck reading about petty ol' Olive between witnesses. "Who recommended this book, anyway!" Fortunately that book isn't too long (and it's not all bad, it's just not one to pick up if you need your Spirit lifted). When I finished it I felt obligated to finish reading my "professional development" book (every two months we turn in a sheet of paper saying two things we learned from anything in our "professional development" collection) which was an old 70's book by Terry Cole-Whittaker--I guess it made it to this collection for it's chapter on management. I'd forgotten people were writing about the law of attraction way back then and enjoyed the reminder. So I was still on the trial when I finished that one, and, eager for a dessert book, I had no trouble selecting "Firefly".
Wow. Mom had always encouraged me to be a writer. This is the kind of book she'd have wanted me to write. This is the kind of book I SHOULD write! But I've always had trouble with devising a plot. So instead of sitting down to write a book, I sat down and e-mailed my own BFF (from 3rd grade--I'm 52 now) telling her she HAS to read it. It's located in her neck of the woods and the essence of our friendship is in there. All the circumstances...or most of them, are different, but anyone who has ever had a best friend for any amount of time would love your Firefly book! And what a relief to have it to cheer myself up at court!
Thanks Hannah!
I was recommending it to a work friend while she, in turn, was recommending to me the "Winter Garden"--neither of us realizing we were recommending the same author until I came to this website when I finished Firefly last night. So I'm eager to read that.
Sorry. I'm a rambler. I'll try to say less next time.
But I can't leave without saying I LOVE this photo of the plum trees! Did you take it?

Take care, blessings, and keep writing!

April 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Tracie Lynne Hall said...

I called you "Hannah" instead of "Kristin"! Pretend I didn't do that in the message I just posted!!!

April 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Tracie, you're hysterical! I just recommended Firefly Lane to my friend Sheri. It's one of those books that just don't leave your mind.

So, my sister (who's doing FANTASTIC, thank you) and I are sitting in a movie theater yesterday bawling our eyes out to The Last Song. I love Nicholas but why is it that he always must make me cry?

Last week, I had TWO new authors recommended to me based on how much I love Kristin Hannah books. Juliana Trollope and Adriana Something. Can't wait to start these, as the whole Fern Michaels thing is getting just a little dragged out. One of these days I still have to read Crossroads by Belva Plain. She's probably (no doubt) my fave author EVER. Kristin, you're a very close Silver Medalist.

As For Idol, I've changed Lee's last name to Springsteen. He is phenomenal.

Wish to hear from you soon, Kristin!

April 19, 2010 at 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Sandy Wolfswinkel said...

I must say Every book of yours is pure enjoyment. My daughter and I share a bond while reading your novels and delight in the process. We look forward to each new one we read. Keep up the excellent work!

August 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

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