Thursday, April 29, 2010

What's Next?

by Libby Malin

What a month it has been! My Own Personal Soap Opera hit the shelves, and I hit the virtual road for my eco-friendly virtual book tour, stopping by blogs hither and yon, answering questions about writing and having a blast.

Seriously. I did have a blast. On this blog tour, I decided to throw three sheets to the wind and write funny and silly as well as serious and writerly.

My favorite stops, in case you missed them:

This is humor month on the Casablanca blog, and I write humorous women's fiction, so I should be penning something HIGH-LAIR-EE-YUS for you all for this post, right?

Well, I'm tapped out, ladies. Ain't no more humor left in me this month. I'm moving on to serious women's fiction. I'm going to write brooding tales from now on that not only tug at your heartstrings but rip the heart right out of your chest where it is devoured by hungry werewolves. Or vampires. Or vampiric werewolves. Something like that. Oh yeah.

Actually, I am writing some more serious stuff right now, but I'm not giving up on humor. My next humorous women's fiction book, tentatively titled Wrong Place, Right Time, tells the story of a college professor who stops a wedding on a dare--but it turns out to be the wrong wedding, one at which the bride is having second thoughts. She grabs the opportunity to leave the altar with him, they both end up embroiled in lawsuits with the would-be groom (breach of contract, tortious interference with a contract, etc.), all the while they're falling in love and gaining the courage to accept themselves as they are. I have a lot of fun lampooning academe in it (check out that Fresh Fiction blog for a taste of how I handle that), and I hope hope hope hope hope this book sees the light of print.

On the more serious side, though, I'm coming out this September with a Jane Eyre-inspired historical set in 1920s Hollywood. Called Sloane Hall, this is a real "book of my heart." I'll send out news of this book on my email list and through Facebook. It will be published under my married name, Libby Sternberg.

Also under my married name is a historical mystery set in 1941 called Death Is the Cool Night. This story taps into two of my strengths (at least I hope they are!)--mystery writing (I was an Edgar nominee for my first YA mystery) and classical music (two degrees in it!), but, because of its length (novella), I opted to put it up on Kindle by myself rather than shop it around. It's been fun managing that process, and I'll probably blog about it at my own blog soon.

So that's my update! It's been a terrific blog tour, and I hope My Own Personal Soap Opera finds its way into the hands of lots and lots of readers!

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  1. You go Libby! But a vapmire werewolf? All humored out you may be, but that funny bone is still there and jabbing people with humor!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica! You're right about not being able to let go of the humor. Sometimes I think I'm crazy being pulled in different directions, but then I think of Evelyn Waugh (I'm not saying my writing is at his level) who wrote hilarious satire as well as the beautiful and serious Brideshead Revisited.

  3. Blogging all over the eUniverse takes it out of you, doesn't it? After a while you've pretty much said all you have to say; there is no witty view you haven't already taken.
    Still, it's good to know you haven't lost your ability to imagine humorous situations.

  4. You are so right, Mary Margret, about blogging. I always think, "oh, I can whip this blog post off in a few minutes," and it takes me a full day to feel comfortable with what I've written! LOL!

  5. Wow, you've been busy! I'll have to cruise some of your recent blogs.

  6. Sounds like you have a lot of cool and interesting writing going on, Libby. Enjoy it all and then come back to humor and romance!

  7. Libby~

    Sounds like you've been busy! Congratulations!

  8. Sounds like you have a lot of fun stuff coming up, Libby! And congrats to your daughter!

  9. I hear ya on the blogging, Libby! Those tours really wear me out too. The posts always take longer for me to write than I think they should. :-P

    Your new comedy about the guy stopping the WRONG wedding sounds GREAT! And good good luck with the novella.

    P.S. Almost forgot, CONGRATS to your daughter. That apple didn't fall far from the tree. ;-)

  10. Thanks, gals. It's hard to focus on writing or working (I do a bunch of freelance writing and editing) when it's such a gorgeous day. It's sunny and mild here in Lancaster.

  11. Wow Libby! Sounds like you have some really cool projects underway. I look forward to seeing the finishing product (I bet you do too!) And congrats on having TWO fabulous writers in your family!!

  12. Wow, Libby! Lots of good Libby stuff coming up! But don't quit the humor - I love it.
    And I know how you feel about the blog tour. It's a great way to make friends with readers all across the country, but I was pooped at the end.