I’m always grateful for anything that extends the lifespan of my first novel. I wrote it in blood and it’s part of my heart. So fittingly, this Valentines Day morning, I woke up to find the book mentioned in the Montreal Gazette newspaper in a feature on my publisher, Linda Leith.
But wait, there’s more. A portion of the interview was video taped and posted on Youtube. It’s worth a listen just to hear Linda’s lovely, one-of-a-kind accent. In this clip she talks about surprising people, overcoming obstacles, and taking chances. To illustrate, she tells the part of her story that includes my story. Lucky me, to have fallen into the hands of someone with an iron stomach and a golden touch for my first, and soon, my second novels.
Salon .ll., an online literary magazine, just posted a two-part piece I wrote on trying to keep neuro-sexist fantasies out of my family life. Neuro-sexism — the belief that men and women are helpless to biological structures that determine our neurological strengths and weaknesses — is a peril for every family but it’s a particularly galling issue in mine. In my household there are six males and one female. (And I mean human males. I’m not cheating and trying to count a bunch of male pets in that ratio.) The lone female, of course, is me.
One conversation-starter that comes around frequently in our house is, “If you had a superpower, what would it be?” It’s an easy question for me to answer since I already have a superpower. And I maintain, no matter what anyone else says, that my superpower has nothing to do with my sex.
Here’s a link to a blog post from my publisher, Linda Leith, explaining the role and the need for small publishing houses like hers. I’m stopping short of gushing about how impressed I am with Linda. Not only would gushing be kind of socially awkward but it’s also unnecessary. Just look at her website.