And Now A Word From Our Sponsor…

The last thing this writer ever thinks about when she’s writing is a press release.

Some writers – the new breed of writers, are much more commercial than I’ve ever been.  The reason is simple: Every time I sit down and write I’m never sure anything is going to come out. That really doesn’t matter when you’re not getting paid, or you don’t have a deadline, but when your mortgage is depending on it, well, let’s just say I’ve spent my share of sleepless nights.

I wish I could tell you that as a professional writer I plan out every little moment, every bit of action, dialogue, or character nuance, but that’s not how it works with me. When the words flow, it’s like some hidden natural spring that I’ve traveled miles to find. There’s no other way of putting it: Writing is just a miracle.  I don’t try to understand it.  I just sit down at my desk and hope that it happens.

When it does happen, and I end up with a finished product, I feel I owe it to the fates (and especially to the story) to sing its praises.  If it’s a blog post, I tweet, I Facebook, I LinkedIn, I email, I practically stop people in the street just to announce this beautiful new birth. In the case of a book, the announcement often happens with an official press release.  I’m proud to share this press release that came out yesterday for An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House.

Some of you have already read the book, and I thank you for that.  If you haven’t, you can take a look up above in the menu under the title of the book where I’ve put the opening pages, the website, and the press release.  If you like it, there’s a link to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or even iTunes where it’s for sale.  I don’t much like promoting my own words.  But as I said, I don’t think they really belong to me.  I’m just pointing out the way to the story.

It’s the least I can do.

6 thoughts on “And Now A Word From Our Sponsor…

  1. Tiny stories linked by an inspired wordsmith elicit emotions and responses. That wordsmith is sometimes called an author. You are such. Your muse is to be respected.


  2. Tiny coincidences rather than tiny stories led me to your blog today and I’m so glad! I followed a link in a discussion that I nearly didn’t read (because it was full of rants) in a Linkedin group I nearly didn’t join (because it seems full of ranting people) but there you go, everything happens for a reason, and here I am. My dinner is sitting cold on the table in front of me because I am engrossed in reading your posts. You are an amazing lady (my husband has panic attacks so I understand some of the agrophobia posts and am so full of respect for the way you deal with it), and your stories make me feel honoured to think you stopped by my little blog and said I was amazing! Anyway, I’m rambling. I just wanted to say Wow, and I am off to get a copy of your book…!


  3. I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s panic attacks. I know how difficult that is for him, and for you too, I would imagine. My husband became my “safety person” and I write a little about that in the post on this site that’s entitled, “One Small Step For Mankind, One Giant Leap For Me” I’m sure my dear hubbie could write his own book about what it means to be the person who has to deal with panic attacks “secondhand.” It takes a lot of patience and love, and he has both. I think in many ways his love is what has enabled me to fight back against the agoraphobia, and to become healthier one step at a time. So your role is very important to your husband, as I’m sure you know.

    I’m so happy you found this blog! Please let me know when your book is published because I’d love to buy a copy. I read your opening page on your website, and I was hooked.


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