Almost daily I get a wave of guilt about neglecting this blog. It’s not that I think anyone is particularly heart broken over the fact that I haven’t written since October, but I have all these thoughts that I want to put on “paper” and every time I let one slip away without recording it, it’s gone forever. Writing truly is therapeutic for me and I think the year I spent writing regularly turned out to be a pretty great year.
Another thing I used to do a lot of that I let slip through the cracks is reading. I’ve read 1.5 books in the last 2 years. I should clarify: 1 whole book (Insurgent), and a quarter of 2 other books (Allegiant and Midnight in Austenland). They now sit on my bedside table, unfinished, staring at me with judgmental eyes.
Well I have great news. Not only did I just finish a book (a GREAT book I might add) in only 3 days, but I am going to WRITE ABOUT IT! This weekend, my conscience will be clear.
While dancing with my college contemporary dance company many years ago (13 years?? ugh), I met a girl named Sarah. She was confident and fun and hilarious…and so intimidating to me. Luckily for me, I got a crush on the same boy that she had a crush on and in the process of vying for the affection of this soon-to-be-out-of-the-closet male dance partner of ours, we formed a close bond.
The next year, her younger sister Holly started college and also joined our dance company. The three of us, along with our other amazing friend Donna, proclaimed ourselves “The Fab Four” and had all sorts of adventures together. Among these adventures was story time with Holly, who was not only a beautiful dancer and as funny as her sister, but an amazing writer. One night while we were waiting to leave for the airport at four in the morning, we stayed up to listen to Holly narrate her latest Horror novel. We couldn’t wait to find out what happened and continued the story on long bus rides in place of sleeping. These are memories I will never ever forget.
We also have really great fashion sense. You can see where we got our name from…
So this year when Holly had her very first novel officially published, I couldn’t wait to start it. And now that I have finished it I can’t believe I have to wait months for the next one! I almost want to call Holly and just have her tell me what happens. I loved the book so much in fact that I called Barnes and Noble yesterday to ask them how one becomes a featured author in their store. You know, like the front-and-center displays that jump out at you as soon as you walk in the store. I was told that typically the author works with a professional PR person who contacts the store headquarters and arranges for things like that. I ensured them that no one put me up to this, and I said “Well can’t I just tell you it was really good and ask you to display it in the front?”. He was nice and he laughed at my “joke” and apologized that that’s not the way it works.
The book, entitled Foreshadowed, is “a well-plotted story of suspense and potential murder, hinging on the unique and endearing relationship of two darkly gifted teens…Left me guessing until the end…and still has me speculating.” (Brief plot synopsis and review written by the book’s cover artist, Lyndsay Johnson, who said it as well as I ever could). The characters in this story are so well developed. They’re the sort of characters that you care about because they care about each other. And because who doesn’t have something weird about themselves that they think makes them a freak? The book may not jump out at you when you walk into the book store. But it most definitely deserves to be best seller.
I feel honored to call Holly a friend and to have “known her when”. I have all my fingers, toes, and anything else crossable, crossed that she becomes a huge success. Go get your copy for Foreshadowed!