Not really. No time to catch breath. Just under three weeks until publication, and things are going ever so slightly bonkers. But in a good way.
Lots of news to share with you. Where to begin? Let’s see…
A GOOD AMERICAN was named #1 Read to Pick Up for February in O Magazine. Yes, that’s Ms. Winfrey’s little publication. Kind of a big deal, and we’re all very happy about that.
The book has also been named as a Midwest Connection Pick for February. These are books chosen by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. I’m very honored about this, and obviously pleased and proud of the novel’s connections to this part of the world.
My editor, Amy Einhorn, was profiled in the New York Observer on Monday. And yes, she really is as smart and as kind and as generally wonderful as the piece suggests. My book got a mention as being this year’s February Amy Einhorn release, following in the footsteps of The Help, The Postmistress, and The Weird Sisters.
So. No pressure there, then.
As I type, I am suddenly spooked by the lack of definite article in my book’s title. Eep. (Because, like, I didn’t already have enough things to keep me awake at night.)
This week also saw the online publication of a great interview with BookPage, which will appear in next month’s magazine proper. It was one of those interviews that was scheduled for 30 minutes… an hour later, we were still talking. (People who know me won’t be especially surprised by this.)
You will have already noticed that things have changed a little around here. Yesterday saw the launch of the new site design , and I hope you like it. Quite possibly (= almost certainly) there are typos and mistakes lurking; if you catch any, or find some dodgy links, or have any other suggestions as to how the site could be improved, please do write to let me know. My deepest thanks to web genius Paul Boomer for all his hard work on this.
Finally, speaking of travel-related matters, on Sunday I am flying to Dallas to the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. I get to deliver a little talk to a roomful of yawning librarians on Monday morning while they eat breakfast. Tough room, I’m guessing. Now we’ll really find out how far a cute English accent will get you.