July 21st, 2008

Why I love John Dufresne – and why you should too!

1) Because Requiem, Mass is a People Pick. As in People Magazine, people!!!

2) Because he wrote a great book about writing – one of the best.

3) Because he wrote Love Warps the Mind a Little , a book that solidified my dream of being a writer,

4) Because he wrote me back after I wrote him about how much I loved Love Warps the Mind a Little (pre-Internet) and told me “Best of luck in your writing. Just hang in there. We’re all in this for the long ride.” [Full disclosure: I still have the letter, and Susan Fromberg Schaffer’s, and Sheila Ballantyne’s and a few others.]

5) Because when I finally met him in person, he didn’t laugh when I said his name “Doo-fres-knee.” It’s really more like “Du-Frayne.” I think.



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A riveting review for a fellow LJer

Cylin Busby's The Year We Disappeared sounds like quite a book. And just look at what one person at PW had to say about it: "whose story is so completely, totally, and immediately enthralling that it made the better part of my Saturday disappear. It also made my adrenaline rise, made my heart race, and made me look pretty ridiculous. I know this because Gareth actually laughed at me, so incapable was I of successfully putting this book down and not going back to it again. At one point I even laughed at MYSELF (as I'm wont to do anyway), when I realized I was attempting to take food out of our refrigerator with my right hand without looking up from the pages of my ARC, splayed open in my left. I've gotten lost in the pages of a lot of books lately, but can honestly say that none of them (not even The Hunger Games) has been quite as un-put-downable or half so disturbing as this."

Read more about the book ere.

Over here on LJ we know here as cbross.



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What do you want to know?

What do you want to know? [Full disclosure: I can only answer questions I know the answer to.] The floor is open to your questions. Put them in the comments section [anonymous and on-topic is fine] and I’ll answer them in later posts. Want to know when I write, what I'm reading, what I think of self-publishing? Go ahead, ask.



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