I always wanted to be a beach read.
Well, not me personally. My book. When I first began writing Making Waves, it was in the back of my head like a chant:
Beach read! Beach read! Such a fun beach read!
I’ve never been one of those writers who wanted to craft profoundly moving prose with a deep moral message. I wanted to make people laugh. I wanted to titillate. I wanted to entertain.
There’s something about being on a warm, sandy beach with a cocktail in hand that puts people in the right mindset for fun, fluffy books.
I wanted to write that fun, fluffy book.
I wanted to write something that gets tucked in someone’s beach bag. I wanted to write the book that ends up with sand in the spine and a margarita stain on the cover so every time the reader spots it on the bookshelf after the vacation is over, she smiles a little.
When my agent first called to tell me Sourcebooks was offering a three book contract, I was happy.
When she informed me that the proposed publishing schedule had my releases slated for August 2011, January 2012, and August 2012, I did a little happy dance and poured myself an umbrella drink. That’s two summer releases. Two beach reads. And if you want to get technical, January is a popular month for people to escape cold climates for tropical vacations.
Does it get any better than that?
Well, maybe. I could actually be allowed to tag along on these beach vacations. In person, you know?
If you’re planning one, consider inviting me to join you. Hey, I’ll make it worth your while. I’ll throw in a free book. I’ll even sit beside your cabana and read it to you. Promise.