So, I’m driving a shopping cart full of cat litter and trash bags around Target this afternoon (oh, the joy!) and I stop to check my phone. (Hey, shopping is boring, what can I say. At least I didn’t block anyone’s path to the yogurt.) I see an email from my delightful, I’m-eternally-grateful-to-them publisher with some feedback from readers who participated in last month’s Goodreads first-read giveaway. (Check it out here to read reviews.) Not to toot my own horn (okay, totally to toot my own horn), but WOW! The ones who took the time to write reviews really seemed to enjoy BLISS the way I’d hoped. One woman said, “This was, for me, a one-sitting, pages flying read.”
Those of you who are writers know just how important it is that somebody see the same thing in your work that you see in your mind, and that you spend all those hours trying to shovel in there. It’s why I spend weeks dithering over exactly the right word; why I corner friends and fellow writing workshoppers and demand, “Is this funny?! Does that make sense?” But in the end the novel is just out there, alone, without you to explain or excuse or butter up your reader. If you’re lucky enough to find readers, that is.
BLISS isn’t officially out until November 19th, but already, people outside of my immediate circle have gotten their hands on it. Woman’s Day online said they loved it. Library Journal gave it the thumbs’ up. And now, real readers! People who read the kind of books I read are finally being introduced to my work – and so far I haven’t been beaned in the head with a rotten tomato. I know the responses can’t all be good, but for now, I’m just swimming in delight and so very grateful.
Oh, and one-sitting lady? Slow down. It took me a long time to write that book!