First, what do I love about Germany? The best stuffed animals in the world… beautiful tin toys… my camera, and my car, with that sweet steering that makes driving in LA fun. And… it is one of my biggest foreign territories! The Germans are wonderful readers, someone needs to figureRead More →

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I spent the weekend in San Diego at the Historical Novel Society Convention. Some wonderful writers of historical fiction were there: Susan Vreeland, Harry Turtledove, Cecilia Holland, Diana Gabaldon. This is the kind of group that can get in a spirited discussion over something that happened a LONG time ago.Read More →

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So my agent did a recap of territories sold so far and included two that I couldn’t find in her emails to me. One is the land of tulips and the other is Taiwan. She claims she told me about these after the BEA Random House Intrepid party while weRead More →

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Found out today that the auction closed for the Korean foreign rights. They came in at one of their highest bids in a long time, according to my foreign rights agent. It thrills me to no end to think that my book will be read in countries I’ve never evenRead More →

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I am in New York at BEA (Book Expo America) and having the time of my life. Everyone at Random House has been so amazing. Aircraft carriers, authors, it just doesn’t get any better than this. I promise to write more when I’m back.

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I’ve been intensely busy getting ready for my first BEA visit (Book Expo America). This is the biggest book fair in the US, an event mainly for the industry but with various free events around the city too. My publicity department contact sent my schedule yesterday. Everyone at my publisher’sRead More →

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Dr. Who, that is. Last night’s episode of the long-running BBC series, Dr. Who, was simply brilliant. Why?  Always look to the writing. Neil Gaiman, creator of Sandman, author of Coraline, and The Graveyard Book, and many more delights, wrote the episode. I had the pleasure of meeting him aRead More →

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For a while I thought my writing career was magically linked to the Lakers’ basketball trajectory. If they were winning, then I was winning.  The night after the Easter/Passover weekend, I got the call that STARTERS had sold to a pre-emptive bidder.  The Lakers were on the TV in theRead More →

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