Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Reaching the Book Finish Line (Sort of)
1) It took me six months to write the first draft. I then rewrote it, top to bottom, three times over the next two years.
2) It was the novel that my agent Holly Root first fell in love with. I queried her the old-fashioned way--with a query that I wrote and rewrote probably 100 times. Craving Perfect was not my first book to sell, however.
3) I got the idea for the book while jogging on a treadmill at my local gym. The story is in no way autobiographical, although all of the characters are based on people I observed over time at my gym. At the time I wrote it, I had this crazy idea that I was going to run in a triathlon so I spent LOTS of time working out. To those of you who've already read ARCs, I'm here to tell you that Carlos really does exist, as does Grace and Alexandra, although their names have been changed to protect the innocent (and not so innocent). Yes, Virginia, there really is a girl out there who looks, breathes, and behaves like Alexandra Summers. Be very afraid.
In less than 30 days, Craving Perfect will be released! Carina Press now has it up on their web site, along with an excerpt. Click here if you'd like to read the excerpt and learn more.
It's been a long time coming and I realize this is only the beginning of the race, not the end although I will take a moment on July 25 to toast a glass of champagne with my husband and family. :-)
A couple more lovely reviews were left on Goodreads and I wanted to thank Shirley Wells and J.L. Campbell for taking the time to read my novel. In a world where lots of books compete for our time, I am grateful. Thank you, ladies!!
P.S. Next week, I'll share something about the model on the book cover that no one knows... ;-)