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:
- Fresh Fiction on April 7 where I penned a "scholarly essay" on How to Write the Comedic Novel.
- This here blog on April 13 where I was interviewed about my little-known history.
- The Love Romance Passion blog on April 12 where I talked about soap operas.
- The Books and Needlepoint blog on April 20 where I talked about books I "faked" reading and more.
- The MamaWriters blog yesterday where I talked about how to nurture a writer in your family, using my sweet and talented daughter (who has a book coming out this fall!) as an example.
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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