Apron landed in Germany

Apron landed in Germany yesterday! (Carlsen) I had to google translate the title, which turned out to be:

The Summer When Chad Left and Daisy Came

Love it. And my German translator, Claudia Feldmann, who had to translate such Apron-isms as “rang the doorbell of my heart,” and “my hair melted,” and “Grandma Bramhall’s neck was plugged in wrong.” While I’m guessing many-ah-translator would have thrown down their pens and quit, Claudia persevered until the end. Even, in fact, improving on the Latin translations (turns out she was a Latin (double yikes) major.)

So if you can read or read – ish German, and want to take a look, please let me know what you think of Der Sommer, Als Chad Ging Und Daisy Kam.

Danke Schon. xo J

 

The Blog Hop

Thank you Suzanne Palmieri for inviting me to hop on the blog!

1)   What am I working on?

This year I have finished two manuscripts. The first is a middle grade fairy(ish) tale, which is the first book in a series. The second is a romantic comedy, which is (for now at least) in the New Adult genre.

2)   How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write in different genres. To me, The Story reigns supreme. So as long as the characters have something they need to accomplish in a world that is self-sufficient and convincing, the genre is secondary to the actual story itself. But I promise, they’ll be no horror or murder mysteries in my future.

3)   Why do I write what I do?

Real life makes no sense. Stories, on the other hand, can come together quite nicely in the end. It’s such an amazing thing—to take up a little bit of space in a reader’s brain and I take that responsibility seriously. As the great David Sedaris has said, a story can save a soul. Usually the soul I’m trying to save is my own, but if I can help anyone else along the way, perhaps make a reader smile or even giggle at the absurdity of it all, well what’s better than that?

4)   How does your writing process work?

The blank page is my mortal enemy. And so it will not win. By the end of the day, I will have destroyed four of those dreadful wan things. And the next day, I will have destroyed four more. And so on. This is how I get my first draft done. The second draft and I are usually on much friendlier terms. Sometimes we even have a little fun together. But still, we meet up every single day for as long as we can before the Time Sucks (we all have them, don’t we?) remind me that I still live in the real world.

Next week the fabulous Dee Detarsio will be hopping onto the blog. She’s ba-nanas funny.

Thanks for stopping in. Hop on.

Confessions #9

The Write Life Magazine is a totally posh, wizardy kind of magazine for your iPad and iPhone. It’s like Flipboard for us lovers of words, the fiction-ey unreal-is-the-new-real kind. And I’m so happy to have confessed much of my high-maintenance profanity-loving self in their latest issue, appropriately named, The Confessions Issue. Highly confessional.  So do I regret admitting that I was turned down by so many agents in New York that I had to wait for agent’s assistants to get promoted to start pitching again….. oh wait, that wasn’t one of the questions… ooops. forget that one.