Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
|Hi! I'm Peter Burke I HAVE SELECTIVE AMNESIA|
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
She starts to like him. They kiss and there are fireworks. In fact, she proposes to him! But that won't last will it? that's not the way things should be in our neat little Hallmark boxes of fetid festive fare so INSTEAD they have to loop it so the big Bet reveal leaves the proposal ball in HIS court and he can---again---assume alpha stance. God. Shoot me.
|YAY! I've known this guy for two weeks and he's a Grade A Douchebag but he looks HOT beside my Christmas tree so WHE-BANG! I'm a Christmas Bride!|
Monday, December 09, 2013
First off, make sure you go and re-read The Empty House to keep it all canonical. Project Gutenburg link
Then, watch this fabulous new trailer. WE GET MARY! WE GET MARY!
John's all: "I don't care how you faked it" and I am all " I AM DYING TO KNOW HOW YOU FAKED IT"
Friday, December 06, 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I am not sure how many more times ( if any ) I will be able to see Colm on stage and he is a long favourite to see live so I bought myself a Christmas present: a ticket.
It's for CHARITY. It's gonna be EPIC and I bet we all get a few duets. If you're in the Toronto area you should consider tickets: http://www.mirvish.com/homepagefeature/aspecialperformancelesmis%C3%A9rables
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
1.) Epistolary novels. Few and far between these days. What were some of the challenges of writing in this format? Some of the pleasures?
You are so right. It’s a highly under-appreciated form and keeping DMK in letters was my greatest challenge. Everyone who read it said it was “too tough,” and “wouldn’t sell.” Thomas Nelson never said that. *cheer* Now I will admit, a final edit change compelled me to write that last section outside a letter – great symbolism there – and it worked for Sam’s journey.
As for the pleasures – every writer should attempt at least one epistolary novel. They are so fun! Letters are unique – the reader almost feels like it presents a first person view, but it does not. It’s even better. There’s a delicious layer we see that Sam can’t – there is what she is willing to tell Mr. Knightley, what she tries to withhold and how she interprets events – any or all of which can look to different to us than to her. The epistolary format allowed me to really explore Sam’s limited perspective and twist it about occasionally. I especially loved playing with Mr. Knightley’s anonymity, Josh’s subtle selfishness and Professor Muir’s feistiness.
2.) Daddy Long Legs obviously informs Dear Mr. Knightley in lovely homage. Can you tell us about your reading experience with that--and some of your other favourite novels?
I fell in love with Daddy Long Legs when I was about twelve and never let it go. Other favorites? Obviously Austen – all of them. I admit Catherine Moreland bugged me for years, but we’ve reconciled and I call her a friend now. I also have a fantasy side to my personality, a mystery side, a non-fiction bent, a… I love to read. Tough to pin me down.
3.) What's next in the pipeline?
Lizzy and Jane is next and it’s in the editing process right now. It will be out next fall and I’m so excited. Lizzy had more humor and confidence available to her than Sam did. But she’s got some struggles ahead of her as well – can’t make life too easy on her.
This story has all the big guns: sisters, conflict, food, Jane Austen, Hemingway (threw you there, didn’t I?), love, and breast cancer. I know that last one is a bummer, but it’s a reality that so many of us experience either personally or walking the journey with family and friends.
Basically Lizzy and Jane is the story of a young woman, Lizzy, who has excised love from her life and, as she helps her sister through chemotherapy, she starts to put it back in – in all its wonderful and varied forms.
4.) If you could sit down with any author---dead or alive---and chat it out at Starbies, who would you choose?
So tough… I think today I would choose G.K. Chesterton. I’ve been digging into him a lot lately and there is such breadth, wisdom and joy in his writing. He’s also terribly quotable. I found this gem this morning: “Thanks are the highest from of thought. Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Lovely. And this one is good too: “If a man does not talk to himself, it is because he is not worth talking to.” Very important for me as I am often my own best conversationalist.
5.) Can we be friends? Like, bestest watch-Emma-in-our-pjs-while-giggling-friends?
We’re well on our way already! We only lack a singular time zone, popcorn and M&Ms to dump in the bowl.
6.) Darcy or Knightley (please say Knightley. You can take him places and present him in a social situation without rolling your eyes or cringing at his lack of social aptitude)
Absolutely Knightley, no question. And while you bring up good points, there’s something else to consider… You can be yourself around Knightley. He will love you for who you are and not expect anything more. Darcy might look into your eyes someday and find them not so fine or your figure not so pleasing or your wit not sobright and sparkling. I don’t know about you, but that’s too much pressure for me.
7.) Have you read the Blue Castle? What did you think ;)
Okay… Seriously? I was absolutely blown away by the ending. I would like to go record here as stating that I did not even know about Blue Castle until last month. I have the Facebook conversations to prove it. J But the ending felt so much like the ending to Dear Mr. Knightley that my jaw dropped – fell to the floor to be hoisted up in awe. They felt the same! How is that possible?
8.) You do something amazing: you write a CBA novel while threading the themes of grace and Christianity subtly--making it one of those rare books that can be easily read by non-Christians who wouldn't usually pick up a Christian novel. Was this a conscious decision?
I so want to say that I’m just that brilliant – but that’s not true. I will admit that when I tried to lay a more seeking heart into Sam, she rebelled and it came off heavy-handed and preachy. Now, that said, such a heart was not my original intention for her – I’m just saying that I did try it.
What I intended to do and what won out in the end – was the story of a young woman seeking for answers, a place to stand, a voice of her own, people to love and something to believe. And I think we can all relate to that. I truly believe we all believe something. Even if we say we believe nothing – that in and of itself is something.
So before I get too long-winded – Yes it was conscious and I am so deeply grateful it worked and Sam’s story speaks to people.
Friday, November 22, 2013
My review of The Book Thief ( which opens in wide release today) is up at Breakpoint
My review of Melissa Jagear's A Bride for Keeps is up at Novel Crossing
Can I just please just note that The Book Thief was a hard review to film.... but I really liked it. Nice homage to the film.
Geoffrey Rush will rip your heart to shreds
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
When I was in undergrad, Jack and Ate were my literary boyfriends. I devoured the trilogy and waited FOREVER for the next release. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Absolute Honour (back when it was first published in Canada) and I think I just sat and looked at it and clapped.
The Blooding of Jack Absolute is one of my absolute FAVOURITE historical novels and as you all know I read historical fiction like it's going outta style, that says a lot.
Humphreys is an epically well-rounded author. In fact, I don't think he can write anything subpar or mediocre: from his YA forays to his exploration of the Anne Boleyn period to Vlad the Impaler and even to Constantinople and Shakespeare! He kinda does it all. The rest of us should just hang our heads in shame.
But for me, it's JACK! ... always Jack! And Ate, of course. These books taught me as a developing writer ( far more in the beginning of my formative years when I first read them ten or so years ago) that the best books spark and sizzle with personality. That you should write what you love. It is so obvious that there is so much of the author in these books ---sense of humour, passion for Hamlet! and history and staged flourish-- that the books, in turn, are bright and sparkling and wonderful to read. Ack! here I am again....waxing loquaciously about Jack and Ate...
this happens a lot, mea culpa.
Instead, CC Humphreys was kind enough to answer some questions !
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Now, that being said, I love the unique setting and original canvas --one that I think we can all agree is not often found in the CBA market. Further, from the get-go, I could tell Tolsma had done more than her fair share of research. Her passion for this sparked from the first page.
It's difficult as a reader when you have eighteen things on the go to settle in and make yourself plod further with a book that doesn't immediately catch you---we have all had those moments I am sure.
So, fair readers, the most I can do for you at this interval is direct you to all the information you could possibly want about the book and leave it up to you to pick it up and soldier on.
From the Publisher:
Litfuse Landing Page
Liz on the web
Monday, November 04, 2013
I have been spending a lot of time in the distillery, in old town toronto, at the archives and in Corktown for research for my lovely new book that I am SO enjoying writing. A lot of writing happens at Artisano and I love the King West staff for their multiple outlets and great wireless internet.
|Daisy and Rachel|
Wrote about Horatio Lyle for Femnista
Feature Review of Melissa Tagg's Made to Last for Novel Crossing
Vienna Prelude for Classics of Christian Fiction
Friday, October 18, 2013
of course you did because WHY WOULDN'T YOU!
anyways, it's all the ANGST and the PETER'S HEART IS BREAKING BECAUSE HE IS DOING THE TOUGH LOVE THING and Neal is all " but I thought you were proud of me" and the whole thing is DISTRESSING and I just... I just... and Neal's dad is gone and his emotional inference is branded on the rest of the series forevermore and PETER CAN YOU STOP THINKING THAT NEAL is detaching his anklet for any other reason than HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU FROM PRISON
Also, if all of this whole "sign unofficial deal with Hagan and go to Hades for it and the darkside with Peter being framed" blows up, then I blame Elizabeth. Because she is all pouty kryptonite for Neal who will do WHATEVER IT TAKES WHEN YOU ASK HIM TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!
ELIZABETH, you don't tell NEAL to do whatever it TAKES when it comes to Peter. HE WILL NOT COLOUR INSIDE THE LINES
too many feelings.