The day has finally come where my newest novel, Life is But a Dream, is in stores...well, at least the stores smart enough to carry it. I feel like I've been talking about this book forever. In fact, I think it's only the third longest span between the time I finished the manuscript to publication, but still it's over a year since the book has been done.
In the past, this used to be a more anxious moment as I waited to see how a book would be received. But in the age of book blogs, this is less so. It's already nearly as popular on Goodreads as books of mine that have been in print for years. (Exciting, but not sure how that makes me feel about those books). These days the release date is more about sales numbers than learning of acceptance. Sales numbers are not something I've ever been hugely into, except in how they impact publishing interest in future stories I may want to tell. That said, just knowing it's out there is still a big moment...knowing people can pick it up, read the jacket, flip it open and hear your voice is quite a privilege. I hope you all get the chance to read it some day...I truly believe its a remarkable book.
In honor of the release, I've gathered a few blog entries I wrote while working on the book. It might be more interesting to read these after you've read the book...or perhaps it may convince you that the book is worth reading.
From May 19, 2010: Once You're Gone...: About the separation anxiety of leaving a character behind after finishing a book.
From May 20, 2010: Impossible Questions, Unsatisfying Answers: The dilemma of trying to explain what this book is about.
From June 25, 2010: Oh, How We Dread: On getting very first reactions from editors.
From August 16, 2010: Maybe You See the Same as Me: About the concept of perception that I play with in this book.
From August 19, 2010: Mind if I Intrude?: On trying to renter a character's head for revisions.