Some novelists envision their novels in fragments, writing a climactic scene or even the ending first. But I started at the beginning with Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts, describing the strange little ritual three teenage girls had come up with to conjure up a boyfriend (never would they have used the word “lover”) for themselves. The scene with a grown-up Alice trying to convince her faithless husband that she has a lover of her own came soon after. The story flowed from there.
It’s not an easy story. I’m told it’s frightening as hell and know that it may challenge the way readers think about the propensities and intentions of teenage girls. I am not shy about introducing evil as an entity, and propelling the notion of sin into secular society.
But most of all I hope that Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts is an entertaining story–something that will fill a few of your hours with both horror and delight.
I am not a natural salesperson. Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts is (finally!) now available at bookstores pretty much everywhere. I hope that you’ll pick it up when you’re out returning that unusual item you got in the family gift-exchange, or order it the next time you’re browsing online. (Isabella Moon is also available today in paperback. I know Mary-Frances has been waiting patiently!) Publishers apparently pay much attention to the number of books that are sold during the two weeks following a title’s release. I just thought I’d mention it…
And if you read either of my novels, I hope you’ll take a few moments to write me, then post a review at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Folks do want to know other folks’ opinions when they’re thinking about buying a book. I know I do!
My first signing on the tour is at the Carbondale, IL Barnes & Noble this Saturday afternoon. (I’m a little nervous. It’s been a while!) The list of my other appearances is on this blog and at booktour.com. I’ll also be doing lots of guest blogs this month, and plenty of interviews, too.
This is an exciting month for me–I can’t wait to fill you in on all the details as things happen.
Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me! Blessings–Laura