Did you know I wrote a book? I’m pretty sure you know I wrote a book. It was released way back in 2017, so you might have forgotten. I’ll refresh your memory.
I wrote a book! It’s called The Place of Peace and Crickets: how adoption, love, and heartache built a family. It has changed my life significantly. For example, the word “author” now occupies a plum spot on my resume. Also, I have to spend a lot of time thinking about what to write next, because every day people approach me and say, “What are you going to write next?” I have lots of ideas, because I’m an idea gal. I may have to slow down my idea train so that I can pick one and do some actual work on it. Like, a first paragraph or something.
In the meantime, I wanted to give you an update on my author/writer life. My book has gotten great reviews, many of them from generous readers like you. How many books have all five-star reviews on Amazon? Huh? (If you have read my book and did not leave an Amazon review, you can remedy that failing right here.)
I’ve also gotten some official-like kudos. My book was nominated for the Jane’s Stories Press Foundation’s Clara Johnson Award, which is given to writers whose works “challenge social constructs” and “contain groundbreaking subject matter.”
And it was the GOLD WINNER in the Family & Relationships category of Foreward Reviews’ annual list of the best books by independent publishers. Yep. I won some gold. Now, this award does not come with actual gold, which is okay because I prefer platinum. But it does come with a hefty dose of HOW ‘BOUT THAT, GIRL because Foreward Reviews, just so you know, is a very big deal. It publishes beautifully written literary reviews of books that wouldn’t otherwise cross your radar – the audacious, the new, the brave, and all the other incredible literature not picked up by big publishers. Without Foreward Reviews and small, independent publishers like my very own Twisted Road Publications, we’d all be doomed to a reading future monopolized by James Patterson and Nora Roberts, which I guess wouldn’t be that bad. Okay, never mind, yeah, it would be bad. On the flip side, they’ve both made millions off their books, and I’ve made approximately less than below zero on mine. But I won the gold, so I care not. And listen to this: one of the judges said my book is “As good as Scott Simon’s Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other.” Scott Simon. The host of NPR’s Weekend Edition. Like, a public radio hippie girl’s dream boy. My book is as good as Scott Simon’s. Pinch me. But not really.
My book has sold pretty well, too – hundreds of copies so far, which is less than a million, but just barely. I’ve also been invited to speak at countless workshops and presentations, which I love to do. I’ll be a featured presenter at the Aug. 25 How to Write Your Life: Fact or Fiction workshop, being facilitated with my friend Darlyn Finch Kuhn at her beautiful River of Grass retreat.
In closing, please know that while I’m deciding what to do regarding my next book project, I remain ever loyal to this, my beloved tricia booker’s my left hook blog. Please check in frequently to learn (more) intimate details about my life, including stuff my kids don’t want you to know and topics my husband has forbade me from discussing.
And Happy July. It is simultaneously National Anti-Boredom Month, which my children cannot celebrate because they are never anti-bored, and National Ice Cream Month, which is totally anti-boredom. Go get you some. And if you haven’t already, read my book. It’s so good.