Friday, May 25, 2007

Where "A Novel Woman" comes from

I wish I could say I came up with the name, but in fact, a friend of mine used to call me A Novel Woman in his emails.

So thank you, Big Colourful Man! I've put the novel on hold to work on other freelance projects, and I've just sold some greeting cards to a U.S. company, so I'm keeping busy. Who knows what the future holds...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Town House

I had this novel on my TBR list for some time. I made a note of it in my "Inspiration" file after I read in Publishers Marketplace that the author, Tish Cohen, wrote the whole thing in 3 1/2 weeks. That's right. An entire, first novel in 3 1/2 weeks. Not only was the novel optioned for film before it was even published, the screenwriter adapting the book to film is Doug Wright (QUILLS, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA,) a Pulitzer Prize winner. I had to see for myself if it would live up to all the advance hype, and to my great surprise, it does. It's a wonderfully funny tale of Jack Madigan, son of a dead rock star, who now lives in a crumbling Boston mansion with his teenage son Harlan. Jack has not paid his bills and the bank is foreclosing on his house. A bigger problem than the looming eviction is the fact that Jack is agoraphobic. Its cast of characters are endearing, the plot is engaging, and there are some real laugh-out-loud moments. Yay Tish!