I suppose I will have to keep updating as I try to reach the finish line at www.healthcare.gov. Today, I can't get my incomplete application to load, and when it comes to my identity crisis, I get this:
You got it. A government-issue Blue Screen O'Death. Haven't seen this before. Do I exist anymore? Can anybody hear me? Bueller? Bueller?
So, it's time for healthcare enrollment! I've been uninsured for a year now after a job change, and have realized that *gasp* my hours are getting cut just enough to ensure I will not qualify for insurance through my employer after all.
The threats I've been throwing about have come to fruition. Starting this week, every Friday on the blog will be set aside for a Q&A with a different author, poet, or aspiring writer. (We need a better term than 'aspiring'. If you have crafted one sentence with the goal of publication in mind, you're a writer, dang it.) I've been assembling a fun and diverse cast of characters for the Friday Feature, and hope you'll make it a point to come on over every week to learn about these wonderful people who are in various stages of and taking interesting paths on the writing journey. We kick off the Friday Feature with Katie Gallagher, author of Catching You, and a bright spot on my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Welcome, Katie!
I like muscle cars. I am a girl, and I like cars. Cars with vehicular muscle. I like things that go vroom in the night. I like the gutteral growl of the engine, the fast, confident pick-up that you just don't get sitting behind the wheel of a zippy little economy car. I like cars that earn dirty looks from people in Kias, and get tailed by cops just daring you to go even one mile over the speed limit. I. Like. Racing. Stripes.
Controversy on the interwebz isn't hard to find, is it? Want to make it even easier to find yourself indirectly embroiled in it? Become a writer, and you're guaranteed to find a mess to step into without any effort. If it isn't buying reviews, it's responding to negative reviews in a manner that turns you into a total pariah. The latest controversy brewing? This picture right here:
This week marks the publication of my second novel, Daddy's Girl, a work of women's fiction available from Turquoise Morning Press. I'm so thrilled to set Janie free, and I hope she soars.
As part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I am showcasing author friend and fellow SCWW member Christina Ruotolo, who takes a humorous look at chronic illness on her blog, Confessions of an Imodium Addict. I look forward to soon hearing the news that a wise agency has picked up this project!
1. What is the working title of your next book?
2. Where did the idea come from for your book?
Living with two chronic illnesses and the hilarious and mostly embarrassing moments that come along with living with illness. I have a blog called "Confessions of an Imodium Addict." I also have two good high-school friends who are dealing with the same thing, so it's a journey of three friends and our journey toward healing.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Creative nonfiction sprinkled with humor. It could also be considered medical self-help
4. What is your synopsis or blurb for this book?
What do you get when you take three thirty-something women with three different disabilities and three different journeys toward healing? A hilarious look at illness, healing and friendship.
5. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
6. Will your book be self-published, or represented by an agency?
Hopefully represented by an agency. I have pitched part of my blog with good results!
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It's still in production...moving a long. I've been working solo for about two years, so now I am having my friends join in.
8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Knowing I wasn't alone in my illness journey and I have friends who have to deal with those same issues, so why mot share our individual journeys and connecting friendship along the way.
9. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
"Driving Miss Daisy," or "Bathroom Trivia" books. Not many humor books about illness more are blogs.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
It's funny and a book that doesn't have to read at one sitting. It's a little bit of funny with a slice of pain meds.
11. Who are the three people you'll host on your blog in this WIP blog hop?
JM Kelley, Maria Grego and Carly Collins.
Bob Costas, sports commentator extraordinaire, has created a bit of a firestorm with his recent postulating during a Sunday Night Football halftime…thing. Whatever you call it. I am not a football fan, and will never grasp the terminology. Sorry.
One of the oft-repeated themes of the various marketing sessions offered by the 2012 SCWW Conference was the need to blog. And to do it more than once or twice a year.
Sharon Saracino likes to tag me for fun author stuff. Since my work in progress doesn't actually have the corresponding page yet in this particular task, I am going to my women's fiction novel, Daddy's Girl. (Coming January 2013 from Turquoise Morning Press. Save a spot on your bookshelf, k?)
When a romance author is tagged for Lucky 7’s, they go to page 77 of their latest release or work in progress, count seven lines down, then post the next seven sentences from that point. So here we go....