Hello, friends! It’s been quite a week here in JT-land. Biggest news first: Season three of A WORD ON WORDS has been nominated for an EMMY! I went to the nomination party Thursday night and I admit, I levitated a bit when the announcement was made. It is a surreal and wonderful thing to be acknowledged for your work in this way, though I have to admit, I have the easiest part of the show. Reading a great book, coming up with questions, and interviewing the author is so much fun! I give all the credit to my producer and the whole team who make it look so easy. This show has been one of the greatest joys of my career. I’ve met so many interesting people, learned so much, and of course, have built many fine friendships. We’re halfway through shooting Season 4 right now, and I think you’re going to be pleased with the shows. If you’ve never seen A WORD ON WORDS, check it out here.
And of course, the trade paperback of Brit in the FBI #5 came out, as did a reprint of Sam Owens #4, and TEAR ME APART made both the Strand’s and Bookclubbish’s lists of best books of 2018, and A THOUSAND DOORS is rocking along with a fabulous mention in Bookreporter. It’s one of those wild weeks that I can never imagine happening, much less hope for. It’s been a rough couple of years busting butt on all of these projects at once, and it’s nice to be able to take a break, take a breath, and say OK, I can be proud of the work I’ve done this year. And revel in the knowledge it’s all DONE!
And at the same time, there has been such tragedy these past two weeks in California. Towns and ecosystems destroyed… It is heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers (and financial support — see how you can help too, below) are with them. Cali peeps: I am so truly sorry for your suffering.
Onward. It’s all we can do.
Here's what happened on the Internets this week:
How to Help People (and animals and wildlife) Affected by the California Wildfires. Whilst I’m having this fantastic week, so many people are suffering, which absolutely tempers things, and helps me keep a pretty damn solid perspective on my life. I encourage you to read this, and give what you can. And if you can’t, prayers do help. Never underestimate the power of positive energy. And if you’re there and able: water for the wildlife, salt licks, hay, any kind of food that you can put out, helps. Blessings…
The Draw of the Gothic. “Feeling is at the heart of the gothic, because it is not a genre: it cannot be concocted out of an approved list of motifs.” As I am in the midst of developing a gothic right now, this article couldn’t have been more timely.
13 Amazing Free Reading Apps to Take Your Books Everywhere. It’s funny, I’m a huge digital reader simply because with all the travel, it’s getting difficult to lug my books around, and at the same time, I’ve just had to add 5 more bookshelves to the house, bringing the floor-to-ceiling total to 13. Egads, right?
One great reason why we should stop using the term “women’s fiction.” We don’t see a lot of books classified as men’s fiction… though Liane Moriarty spoke last week about this phenomenon so beautifully. And I’ve just published a book that I feel falls perfectly into this category. So I’m torn… What do you think?
And closer to home:
A THOUSAND DOORS has been making its way into the world and the feedback has been wonderful! This is such a special project, a real book of the heart for me, and for all the amazing ladies involved.
As I mentioned above, it was reviewed in BookReporter this week, and I had a blast talking about Two Tales Press, its mission, and the why behind my anthologies with contributor Laura Benedict over at The Kill Zone.
BookClubbish included TEAR ME APART in their Thrills and Chills in 2018: 12 of the Best Suspense Books list. And it’s one of The Strand Magazine’s Top 20 Books of 2018!
That's all for now! Tune in here tomorrow for a fun little giveaway/game, start putting together your Thanksgiving menu, go see a movie, and I’ll see you next week!
peace and hugs,