Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What about me?

“Writing is long periods of thinking and short periods of writing.” Ernest Hemingway

Okay, now I don’t’ feel so bad. If Ernest Hemingway thought about writing more than he wrote, I might be okay.

I’m thinking about my story. I write down notes here and there. I even have my first three major chapters written now, with scenes that I’ll piece together soon.

I never did like jigsaw puzzles.

But that’s what I do with my writing. I write scenes. I might write the fourth to the last scene or the second scene in chapter ten before I ever write scene one. I organize them pretty well in my computer (my computer is better organized than my actual office), then I piece them together later.

I’m fighting writing right now. When I’m at work, I think think think. When I’m at home, I can’t write. I think it’s some kind of mental block then I have going. The weekends are better writing times for me lately (which never used to be the case). I know my work affects me more than I’ll admit. When I do admit it, I realize there’s nothing much I can do about it. In my small town, unless I want to commute, I have to tough it up and deal with the issues. And I will. I always have before.

And, because I can’t make a post completely about me, I’m here to promo someone’s work who I don’t know. I found out about her from reading a fellow writer's blog. She’s battling cancer, so she’s having a hard time promoting. As we know, promo is hard hard hard! I know I didn’t do enough of it when my books were first released. I had no idea what I was doing, and I was so overwhelmed with everything and with work that I didn’t do such a good job. And my books, which were both complete by the time The Wild Rose Press contracted them, came out within several months of each other. I recommend waiting a while, because it was overwhelming to publish two within close time frames, to say the least.

Anyway, I know how hard it was for me, so I want to share Patry Francis with you.

Synopsis of The Liar's Diary, by Patry Francis.

What would you do if your best friend was murdered-and your teenaged son was accused of the crime? How far would you go to protect him? How many lies would you tell? Would you dare to admit the darkest truths—even to yourself?

Jeanne Cross is an ordinary suburban wife and mother with a seemingly "perfect" life when Ali Mather arrives on the scene, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts. Almost against her will, Jeanne is drawn to this powerfully seductive woman, a fascination that soon begins to infect Jeanne's husband as well as their teenaged son, Jamie.

Though their friendship seems unlikely and even dangerous to their mutual acquaintances, Ali and Jeanne are connected by deep emotional needs, vulnerabilities and long-held secrets that Ali has been privately recording in her diary.

The diary also holds the key to something darker. Though she can't prove it, Ali is convinced someone has been entering her house when she is not at home-and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali's soul.

When Ali is found murdered, there are many suspects; but the evidence against Jamie Cross is overwhelming. Jeanne's personal probing leads her to the question none of us would ever want to face. What comes first: our loyalty to family—or the truth?"

The Liar’s Diary.

I don’t know anything about this book or this author, but I know it sounds fascinating, and I wish Patry Francis the best!


Nina Pierce said...

The book sounds wonderful. I'll have to pop over and check her out. Thanks for the heads up!

The Blonde Duck said...

Listen to the butterfly and dance for inspiration! And eat cookies. And pie. lots of pie. Speaking of pie......