Sunday, June 13, 2010
Liz’s Monday Morning Ramblings
I was supposed to have an author interview today, but things got messed up, and it didn’t work out. I will save that one for another day. In the meantime, I didn’t have anything to write about and decided since I had just gotten home from an Alaskan cruise where I had read not one, but two books, I would do a book review. First off, let me mention that since I have been writing seriously the past few years, reading has taken a back burner. I miss it. Before I left on the cruise, I had just finished a contracted book – under deadline, I might add – and I wasn’t ready to dive into Book Two. So, I indulged myself and read.
First a little story. I had read a blog entry where several agents talked about query letters that really struck a chord with them, and this author was mentioned. Her name is Allison Winn Scotch and her book deals with the protag’s struggle with breast cancer. Since I have a very dear friend who has just completed chemo, I wanted to give her this book. But I worried that it might be too negative for her at this time. I decided I should read it first.
Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
The Department Of Lost and Found is a beautiful poignant story of a young woman who is faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late twenties. I have to stop and tell you that one of the biggest surprises for me with my friend was that the loss of her hair after her first chemo was way more traumatic to her than losing her breasts. In TDOLAF, the heroine’s reaction is identical. I was amazed when I read the bio on the cover and found out the author herself never had breast cancer. Like me, she had only gone through the disease process with her friend.
TDOLAF isn’t only about her journey with breast cancer. It is a wonderful story about the daily grind of her job as a right-hand man for a politician.
I loved this story and hated when it ended. So, it was with a smile on my face that I gave it to my friend this weekend. I know she’ll love it, too.
I bought Ms. Scotch’s second book, Time of My Life, which is not a sequel and has nothing to do with breast cancer. It’s going with me on Saturday when I leave for another vacation. This time it will be on the beach with my kids and grandkids, although I wonder how much reading time I will actually get.
Now it’s your turn to tell me about any really good books you’ve read lately. I might have to add them to my “going to Lake Conroe” bag.
I also want to let y’all know you should definitely stop by this Friday to read my interview with Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary. She'll check in to answer any question or comment you might have. She shoots from the hip and won’t dodge any industry question you want to ask. She’s also a lot of fun. One lucky commenter will get to send a blurb to her on the spot.
And you won’t want to miss my interview next Friday with Jeff Mehalic, an attorney who is well versed in literary contracts. He’ll stop by to tell you how to read a contract and what to look out for. Plus, he’ll answer any questions you might have.
Exciting? You betcha. Okay, I just got back from Alaska and think I should talk like Sarah Palin. Now tell me what books I should read!