Feeling the love
Today, my favorite town in the world is Novato, California.
Mind you, I’ve never been to Novato. I had never heard of Novato. I couldn’t even find it on a map before yesterday. But Novato is home to a bookstore called Mysteries and More, and home to book enthusiast Gail Foster, whom I’ve never met but whom I now adore.
That’s cuz she sent the following letter to my editor at St. Martin’s Press, which I share with you along with editorial comments:
“WOW!!! All the blurbs on the ARC are right on!”
(An ARC is an advanced reader copy. You have to be a fancy-schmancy writer person to know that. I realized this…um, about a month ago.)
“What a fantastic debut thriller this is!”
(Gail Foster is not, repeat, NOT, my mom. To the best of my knowledge.)
“This guy has such a huge writing career ahead but what took him so long to get his words into a book?”
(OK, Gail? I got the same freakin’ question! I’m a slacker. What can I tell you?)
“I absolutely loved CRASHERS and truly look forward to it soaring up high on the bestseller lists!”
(This is what I meant about “…whom I now adore.”)
“The characters, especially Daria, were amazing…even those lethal ‘bad guys!’”
(You haven’t met Daria yet. I’m hoping against hope you like her as much as I do. Bad chick. Good with guns. Leans towards leather. Can you tell I had a crush on Emma Peel when I was, like, 8?)
“Thanks so much for sending this gem to me. I only hope that you’ll afford Dana Haynes the respect he so deserves by a monumental marketing plan.”
(Oh, they are! St. Martin’s? Got nothing but love in my heart right now for y’all.)
“I’m already yapping away about how spectacular CRASHERS is with one and all. Cheers…”
Mysteries and More
To the Chamber of Commerce for Novato: If you’re not hailing Mysteries and More as your No. 1 tourist attraction, get it together! Fer cryin’ out loud!