Thursday, July 31, 2008


Yesterday I received my first copy of Piper Reed The Great Gypsy from my editor. My publisher recently awarded Christy with her own imprint so this is my first official book under Christy Ottaviano Books from Henry Holt and Company. An editor receiving her own imprint is a very big deal. Christy has certainly earned this honor. I'm proud that she's been my editor for so many books over the last decade. Congratulations, again, Christy!

Isn't it funny how inspiration can hit anywhere? Yesterday, on the way home from writing at a coffee shop, some guy passed me on the road in a rage. I don't think I was speeding fast enough for him. It made me think of one of my characters in the historical that sticks out his tongue at another. (Gee, I wonder what made me remember that? And no, I did not.)I realized I needed to resolve the relationship between those two. Their relationship is minor in the story, but it seemed unfinished. A moment later I knew how it would happen. Why hadn't I thought of that before? So...thank you rage driver!

Since I forgot to announce the July Giveaway,(and because it is still officially July) I've decided to give away a signed copy of Part of Me to the August Giveaway entries. Don't worry, you'll still remain in the running for those giveaways, too. In case you missed the info about that, it's not too late to enter. The details are below.

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