Anna might have had it tough being the first Debutante to grace our pages with her brilliance, but surely I am to be pitied for having to follow FIVE brilliant introductions?
I shall do my best.
I am actually rather bewildered by the fact that I am blogging. Many things that I’m doing these days seem to bewilder me. I always wanted to write for a living, there was never any question about that. And so the fact that I have a novel coming out is exciting, exhiliarating, terrifying, and yet it also feels oddly inevitable.
But I never considered writing beyond the scope of a novel. I have stories, yeesh, do I have stories. And like my family before me, I think I’ve entertained people over the years with them (or bored them to tears). But as a novelist, when you get your fiction fix, is there anything left for you to say? I didn’t know there was until this year.
Now, suddenly I am writing book reviews for Bookpage (a bit of my review showed up in the NYT in an ad for The Thirteenth Tale! Okay, they didn’t use my name, but, still, I’m THERE!), and joining the most exciting new voices in women’s fiction to grog!
So I’m really a writer. I have a contract to prove it. But now I learn that there are all sorts of ways to be a writer, and I am excited, exhiliarated, and terrified at these new ways. And I’m hoping that they’ll eventually feel inevitable too (yeah, that’s right, no comma, I don’t believe in the terminal too comma…sue me. Oooooh, see? When was I ever going to work that mini-rant into fiction?)
I would be remiss, and worse, kind of a jerk, if I did not give thanks to “the lovely and fiercely talented” (according to J.D. Rhoades) Tasha Alexander of Good Girls Kill For Money for throwing us a fabulous Debutante Cocktail Party last night (Anna, I know you’re clearheaded, but is anyone else feeling foggy from those Smartinis?), as well as Allison Winn Scotch for her outstanding contributions.
I’m looking forward to this year, and next, of course. I’ll figure this whole writing thing out, and I’m lucky enough to do it with these five extraordinary and talented women by my side.