Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Memorable Scenes

If you're a music lover like me, you know how certain songs always make you think of a specific person, place, or time, and you remember it vividly every time you hear the song. Well, I have a literary version of that phenomenon that makes me remember specific scenes from books I've read.

For instance, every time I see one of those subscription cards that are constantly falling out of magazines, I think about the woman in Gerald's Game by Stephen King who used one of those cards as a straw so she could drink water from a glass on the headboard of the bed she's handcuffed to. Another one is whenever I'm washing potatoes for baking, I always think of Amber scrubbing the meager potatoes she and Bruce had to eat in Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. Juicy sandwiches always remind me of the ones eaten by Detective Delaney in Lawrence Sanders' Deadly Sin books, sparrows make me think of The Dark Half by Stephen King, and drinking a Dr. Pepper always takes me back to the one Marlene drinks in My Sweet Charlie by David Westheimer.

One of my favorite fantasies is one day having people think of scenes from my books like this. Sigh . . .

~Stay true to yourself and your dreams will come true!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Virgin Post

Okay, fellow bloggers. Be gentle with me!

I'm told by my publisher, my writing buddies, and the authors of all those books I bought on how to promote online that writers must have a blog in order to compete in the self-promotion world. So here I am, blogging away and wondering who (besides my husband who knows best how to suck up with me) will ever read this, but here goes.

My first novel is entitled True Blue Forever and was published twice--once in 2003 by The-Publisher-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and again in 2005 by Authors Ink Books. (In case you're wondering about all the blue references, it's the only color in the world as far as I'm concerned.) My second novel, Different Roads, was also published by AIB this past July. Those so inclined can read samples and find useful buying links at my Authors Den pages. If you have plenty of time to waste (translated: you're at work) you can also read my short stories, sappy poems, and some humorous articles I probably should have saved for blogs posts! Okay, don't read the articles because they may just show up here later on if I run out of material!

My third novel (Symmetry) is completed and currently being shopped around to every agent on the face of the Earth, because this one features a previously ignored health and social issue I feel strongly about and want to talk about in the national media, but more on that later. Much, much more. Probably more than any of you care to hear, but too bad. This is my blog!

Okay, so this is my introductory post. I realize it's lacking in the profound insight department (except for my signoff line that I think is kinda cool) but I'll try to do better in the future. Right now I must go check my sales figures to see if this blog stuff is working.

Stay true to yourself and your dreams will come true!