Look What I Did This Week!
I published my own book. Why, you ask, when I have kind of an overload of books to write for Kensington right now?
Well…because I wanted to.
It was fun.
In fact, I feel like I should have Dvorak’s New World Symphony playing joyfully as I step through an impossible pass and look down at the glorious expanse spread before me of…a whole new world.
That’s how fantastic it feels.
Light. Like I’ve shrugged a whole old world off my shoulders and can dance on air.
Like…I can write a story because that story is driving me, and share it with you, and I don’t have to worry if it fits with what my publishing house wants, and I don’t have to wait two years to actually let you read it!
I *also* like working with my wonderful editor and publishing team at Kensington, or the wonderful team in Italy with Fanucci…things that are part of traditional publishing. Very important things are accomplished through that structure.
But there’s something special about this. It’s all my own baby.
Why this novella in particular right now? I just really love this story.
It’s a kind of holiday gift. Stories are what writers give.
Because it’s the perfect length for the escape from a hectic Christmas season. A little over a hundred pages. A cozy winter evening read, but not one you have to stay up all night to finish.
Because it’s set in the South Pacific, and it’s about a couple that has to step away from their lives to rediscover what it’s all about…and that, to me, is the perfect balance to the intensity of the holidays and the cold, long winter nights.
Because, about two-thirds through writing it, it hit me suddenly: It’s the Gift of the Magi. You’ll have to tell me if you see what I’m talking about, and if you agree. There are no Christmas gifts, no cut hair, no watch, but if you see it, why I thought of O. Henry midway through writing it…let me know.
And because…let’s face it, most of my books are really expensive. I haven’t had one come out for under $14.00 yet, nor are any cheaper ones on the horizon, from my traditional publisher. And that’s kind of a lot. It worries at me, because I used to nourish a book habit, excessive international travel, and some really extravagant tastes in chocolate all on a graduate stipend of $15,000 a year. For years I juggled those tastes and that income! $14.00 seems like a lot.
So…through the holidays, this novella is 0.99. Something easy on everyone. I’ll probably put it to $2.99 long-term, after New Year’s, but in the meantime…focus on stocking-stuffers.
Or chocolate. (Speaking of which, I should warn you that while the hero is a chef, there is very little food in this book. I know! I’m sorry! It’s about…something else. A marriage, really.)
Or whatever other splurge you prefer. Some other books, perhaps. Let me know which ones you recommend. I bet I have a few I could recommend, too.
I hope you enjoy this little present for the holidays! And let me know if anything about these two characters makes you think of Jim and Della at all. 🙂