Sunday, April 30, 2006

Weekend Web Tour: Dan Brown speaks

In the Spring of 2003, on something of a whim, John and I attended a public library reading and book talk of a local thriller author. We hadn't read any of his stuff, not even the new book--a breezy little caper called THE DA VINCI CODE--which was generating a lot of buzz and landing on all of the major bestseller lists just weeks after its release. It's always fun to hear other writers talk about their craft and their publication experiences, so we drove out to the small town library and joined the audience of roughly forty people to hear the engaging, humble, and thoroughly entertaining Dan Brown speak.

On April 23, 2006, 40 million-plus hardcover copies and one major motion picture in the works later, Dan Brown came to Portsmouth. In a sold-out presentation at The Music Hall, our local historic theater, he spoke about the wild ride he's been on, and delved a bit more into the making of his book and the controversy it's stirred up. Unfortunately John and I didn't get to attend this time, since, although we think Dan is a great guy and a fascinating speaker, we didn't have the ambition enough to camp out in the rain at 7am on ticket day to try to get seats.

Thanks to New Hampshire NPR, who co-hosted the "Writers on a New England Stage" event, a download audio file of the entire talk is available online. The file (and the link to it) will likely stay current for a long time, but you may want to save it to your computer just in case. (Click the link to get to the website, then right-click the file and do a "Save Target As..." to download it to your machine.)


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Early bird needs coffee

Morning! Yes, it is--4am Eastern time, to be exact, and WTF am I doing awake at this hour, anyway?! I'm really not sure, but the coffee is brewing and I figured I'd better check in here at the blog before the entire month of April is gone and I have nothing to show for it.

First, I have to send out my congrats to this year's RITA Finalists! Lots of great books made it into the finals, from authors I love: JR Ward, Elizabeth Boyle, Terri Brisbin, Julia London, Jen Holling, Teresa Medeiros--truly, too many to name. WTG, guys! Alas, neither of my two 2005 releases made it, but that just means I can skip RWA National again this year and not feel the slightest bit of angst. I hear the conference hotel is sold out already anyway, FWIW.

Thank you to everyone who cast their votes for me in All About Romance's "Favorite Books by Favorite Authors" poll. Interesting to see that Black Lion's Bride came out on top. It happens to be one of the books I'm most proud of, so it's great to know that my readers give it high marks. Based on many factors, not the least of which being the book's timeliness and subject matter (medieval Crusader hero and Islamic assassin heroine, released just a few months after 9/11), Black Lion's Bride was not one of my better selling novels. Gee, go figure. Walmart didn't carry it (after they did stock the prequel, White Lion's Lady), and I am only recently coming to understand how much that can really hurt a book's numbers. Ouch! And, I guess . . . c'est la vie.

Everything is good on the homefront and in all other areas, I'm pleased to report. I hope to post some recent photos and more news soon! Meanwhile, I'm off to grab a cup of my favorite new brew and get the day started. Have a good Thursday, all!