Hooray! Claire’s Diary, the novella prequel to Bring Me Back, will be out on September 9th! Even better, the eBook will be a free read through February 16, 2014, when the untitled (I’m working on it!) sequel to Bring Me Back is released. You will be able to download Claire’s Diary directly from my website. I’ve already received several requests for Claire’s Diary to come out in print as well, and I’m working to make that happen this fall.
Claire’s Diary takes place at the height of Claire’s obsession with Banks Forest and Christopher Penman, during her junior year of High School. Her diary entries, like the one at the beginning of Bring Me Back, are interspersed with her sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking account of the random events that led to her having her first boyfriend, Tommy. At the same time, Claire is counting down the days until she and her best friend Jane finally get to see Banks Forest in concert. Finally! She and Christopher Penman, in the same place, breathing the same air! Through it all, you see the depth of her adoration of Christopher and his band, as well as the raw intensity of a teenage girl’s need for love and acceptance.
Where do I begin? How about at the beginning? I’m a writer–seems like a good place. I just finished an interview and reading with North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things”. It was both a blast and a blur–Frank Stasio and the amazing folks at WUNC do an incredible job of making you feel comfortable and welcome. It was mostly the forming coherent thoughts that I had to muddle through. The piece will run Wednesday, June 26. For those of you outside NC, you can listen via live streaming, podcast, or RSS feed by going to “The State of Things” page at wunc.org.
UPDATE: You can listen to my segment HERE.
The appearance on TSOT (I get to call it that now that I’ve been a guest), is in anticipation of my reading/signing/Q&A at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village on Sunday, June 30th at 2PM. I hope to see lots of faces that afternoon, both familiar and new. Please come by. You can get more info about McIntyre’s at mcintyresbooks.com.
For anyone in the Triangle area, you can find Bring Me Back in print at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, and The Regulator Bookshop in Durham. If you don’t see it, ask for it!
As for utter craziness, that mostly refers to intricacies of managing summer vacation with two kids when you’re trying to write a book. The dogs and cats living together is just because I love a good movie quote, but I can usually only remember that one and, “No more yanky my wanky, the Donger need food.”
Stay cool! xoxo