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Monday, March 29, 2010

Answered Questions!

Today's post is dedicated to all the overworked, underappreciated, and stressed-out parent or caregiver who's doing their best to make a difference in the life of a child.

As I transported my kids to various places around our rural county (one went to school, one to preschool, one to dance, and the other for a check-up at the doctor's office), I seized the moment of Happy Feet entertaining them en route and thought about what I should write for today's post. Knowing the tranquil moment would only last a few minutes, my brain went in overdrive, conjuring up different topics for discussion. At first, I thought it would be informative to explain the infamous query letter (This is the one-page letter a writer sends to literary agents, summarizing their 400 page novel or other project into three flawless paragraphs.), yet after envisioning my precious query letter buried at the bottom of the slush pile in some renowned agents' office, I decided to stick with something pleasant and answer a few of my friend's questions instead.

1.) What's the title of your book? Just today, one of my dearest friends asked if Head in the Clouds was the title for my book. I was thrilled that she was interested (I'm sure she noticed by the huge grin on my face), yet something held me back; I just couldn't give away the title. Instead, I smiled sheepishly and explained, "No, I used this phrase for my blog title because my dad used to say when I was in grade school that I was too busy with my head in the clouds to notice where I was going." And looking back on my adolescent blunders, even breaking a thumb by running into a tree, I must admit I was very scatterbrained!

2.) What's the book about? This is the hardest question to avoid because for months I've dreamed of being able to share the plot of my book with those I'm closest. But for now, this is what I feel comfortable revealing: My story contains elements of young love, realism, mystery, and the magical bond that siblings share when faced with hardship and uncertainty.

3.) Who encouraged you to write the book? Easy answer: My husband, parents, and best friend, Dana Massey.

4.) How many query letters did you send out? Not enough! I hope to send out the next batch within the week.

5.) Do you plan to write more fiction? You betcha...I've already outlined the sequel for this project, but for now am focusing on acquiring an agent before absorbing myself any deeper.

And that's all I have for tonight. I hope you have a great Tuesday!

1 comment:

  1. Love reading your blogs....can't wait to read your book. I too thought the name of the book must be "Head in the Clouds" but I love your reason for naming the blogs that!! Your book will definitely be a success whether monetary or not....when you know you have achieved what is in your heart and your friends and family support you, then it's successful!!! Can't wait to see the finished product!!!
    Love you,