One Month and Counting!!!!!!! (and more W&PQ)

Let the countdown begin!

WINTERGIRLS goes on sale one month from today!!! In a month, I’ll be on my way to the airport to catch a flight out to California for the beginning of the book tour.

The spring will be almost as much of a travel blur as last fall was.

Laurie’s Totally Excellent Spring & Summer Roadtrips:
1. Book Tour
2. Visit to Lima, Peru
3. Los Angeles Times Book Festival
4. College graduation of Daughter #3 (YAY!!! ::throws confetti and dances::)
5. International Reading Association conference
6. American Library Association conference

The good news is that I won’t be on the road for such long stretches this time. Being able to come home to my husband keeps me sane, even if it’s only for a couple of days.

Oh, and I’m going to New York City in a few days for some interviews and meetings. I have no clue what to wear. I always feel like a hick when I go to the Big Apple. Probably because I am a hick. Hicks are the new geeks, don’t you know.

My wardrobe issues would all be solved if the rest of the world would join me in my version of sartorial splendor: flannel shirt and jeans, pony tail and sunscreen. What more does a girl need?

I can’t believe there is only a month left until the book is out! My stomach is jumpy and nervous and excited and freaking out just a bit.

Gah. That last sentence didn’t make much sense, did it?

You wrote: what’s it like when on tour, for your writing? Do you have much time/energy left for writing, do you make yourself work on a particular project, or is it only if a deadline’s edging close for a contracted project that you would write while on tour? (It sounds like you need to get this one done before the tour – which suggests you don’t have much time for writing at all – is that frustrating or are you kept too busy to notice that much?)

I do not know what book tours are like for other authors, so my answer only pertains to me.

I ADORE going on book tour. It’s fun and rewarding. I also really, really appreciate the fact that my publisher is willing to spend money putting me on the road, and that booksellers are willing to go to all the trouble and preparations required to set up my visits to their stores and the schools they work with. Because I value what these folks are doing for me so highly, my time and energy while on tour is fully at their disposal.

What does this mean? It means there are days when I have to wake up at 3:30 am, catch a flight to the next city, spend all day signing books and visiting schools and stores, grab veggie wraps from Subway for lunch and dinner, do an evening library presentation and fall into another hotel bed at about 10 pm. Even a relaxed day will start at 9 am and not stop until 9 or 10pm.

But like I said: I love this!! It is energizing to meet readers and I am always honored when people take the time to come out to a bookstore to see me.

The down side? Well, I get sick of the veggie wraps. I rarely have enough time to exercise. And it is very challenging to squeeze in writing time. I try. Usually I can steal half an hour or so while waiting for a plane. And flying time is a wonderful place to jot down ideas, or let my mind drift to new projects. The publicists try to schedule in the occasional day that has some down time – that’s always nice – so there are a few extra hours on days like that for the writing. However it’s impossible to get consistent blocks of time from day to day.

But I must admit, it’s a pretty sweet problem to have, so I’m not whining. I am incredibly fortunate and blessed to have the chance to go on book tour.


16 Replies to “One Month and Counting!!!!!!! (and more W&PQ)”

  1. I’m in school to be a librarian, and I’m going to Chicago for the conference this summer too! I am so so excited because it means seeing a lot of authors, and librarians and things like that. But I have to say, hearing that you were going to be there pushed me over the edge! (You’re a favorite author of mine, haha) So maybe I’ll see you there 🙂

  2. Oooh, you’re going to Peru! I took the best trip of my life there three years ago when I went backpacking for two weeks. Amazing country. Have fun in Lima! (And there’s a novel out called “Lima Nights” by Marie Arana.)

  3. Dear Lady of the Forest,
    I have lived in NYC (in the green and leafy Bronx) all my life, and I work at home, where I wear jeans and denim shirts. When I go to Manhattan, I have discovered that black wool slacks (or black jeans, or black chinos), comfortable shoes, and a black turtleneck, tee, or camisole in cotton, wool, or silk depending on the time of year can take you almost anywhere. I am a jewelry and scarf person, so I usually wear something bright and interesting with all that black.
    This may or may not help, but NYC will be delighted to see you!

  4. Wear the black turtleneck with the jeans and all will be well. That’s my advice, unless you opt for the “wear the flannel and fashion be damned” approach, which is also cool.

  5. Hmmmm..

    Seems to me I’d be the hick chic lit chick.

    If I wear my sneakers, I’d be the fit hick chic lit chick.

    If the new book does well, I’ll be the hit fit hick chic lit chick.

    Am feeling a spasm of silliness coming on…..

  6. In always wear jeans and flannel!
    I’m wearing it right now!
    I always look a little like I just stepped off the Nirvana tour bus in ’93, but without smelling like Courtney Love.

  7. Be comfortable. Wear your most comfortable and favorite underwear, and don’t forget you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear, so wear your sneakers because they say you are fun, confident, and real. The most important thing to remember is be your self.

  8. BOOK TOUR FOR Wintergirls

    When is the Wintergirls book tour schedule going to be posted? I couldn’t find the chains book tour schedule any where and missed you being in my area….


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