Last week I was delighted to discuss (actually, listen to others discuss) If You Have to Ask, as the featured author at a local book club. While it was invigorating to hear smart, thoughtful women discuss the characters and their (often not-so-smart) choices, it was also nerve-wracking. It takes a solid stomach to put your work out there, as most authors and artists agree. Luckily someone brought some pinot.
Here are the questions we discussed, below. I was also asked if the book is autobiographical. The short answer is no (which is ultimately the long answer, too). But of course, all writers borrow from life. Trying to parse that is a losing battle though.
Warning! There are a couple spoilers here…
My friend and librarian extraordinaire, Kristen Thorp, surprised me with this book trailer on the day of my book release party. It asks the pivotal question: Will Jill and Jacob get back together?
Thank you, Kristen! I love the sparkle.
Your very own copy via snail mail!
If You Have to Ask is currently on Goodreads as a giveaway! Hooray for free!
Enter now to win.
There will be 10 lucky winners. If one of them is you, I’ll mail a signed copy to your house. Or business. Or wherever you want. As long as it’s in the US, Canada, UK or Australia. I won’t mail to space, even though it would be super awesome if someone (or something) in space read my book.
The contest runs through June 15. Tell your friends! Then maybe we can have a book club together.
You’re invited to a book release party for If You Have to Ask, which is now available! Hooray!
I THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD NEVER COME.
No, that’s not true. I’ve always been optimistic and committed. But still, it’s exciting to have it be for reals really real. I hope you can join me to toast an indie accomplishment. And by indie I mean indie published, but community supported. It wouldn’t be here, existing on the interwebs, if it weren’t for many collaborators and supporters. Thank you.
Sunday, June 1, 3-6pm; Contact me for location
What to expect: Cocktails, snacks and print books for sale. I can autograph them if you like. We’ll set up croquet, too.
Can’t make it? Your support matters! Please consider reading the book and sharing your review online and with friends. Bonus! I’m giving away 10 free copies on Goodreads.
Thank you, friends
If this is in any order, it’s chronological:
Thank you for weighing in last month with your thoughts on the blurb for If You Have to Ask. Your votes and comments were very helpful!
I also look forward to your feedback once you’ve read the novel, too. It’s likely a reader will blurb the book better than I ever imagined.