There’s a scene in the movie HOOK where a tiny Julia Roberts is in her Tinkerbell house sulking over the fact that Peter got his wish and has discovered who he really is. He can fly now and remembers everything he’d forgotten about his life as a Lost Boy. As Peter begs Tink to come out of her house and play, a fairy sized Julia Roberts suddenly explodes into a grown-up sized Tinkerbell.
Tink is utterly amazed, not so much at her transition from small to big, but at the fact that she got the single wish she’d been wishing for thirty years. Then she delivers that one line that made me suck in my breath because it said everything I’d kept to myself when it came to my writing.
“It’s the only wish I’ve ever wished for myself and it’s a really big wish.”
THE WISDOM OF HAIR has been a long time coming, it’s gone through so many changes you’d stop reading if I tried to list all of them. But at 53, after helping my husband and my kids chase their dreams, Leis Pederson of Berkley Books/Penguin made my dreams come true by saying YES to buying this debut novel.
I have a pub date that is not “sometime next spring;” it’s 3/5/13! And when I saw the cover art, I cried because seeing your name like that on something you’ve created can do that to you.
I’ve met so many wonderful people on this writing journey. My agent, Kevan Lyon, is at the top of that list and I am so grateful that she picked me. My editor, Leis Pederson, of course, who is the first of many fairy godmothers. I owe a lot to my friends in my writing groups who are tough and honest, and I love each and every one of them and their work. And to my faithful readers, God love you, who read for me and encourage me even when the writing isn’t so great, thank you for keeping my stories on the right path.
The other part of my big wish was that THE WISDOM OF HAIR would be as successful as it possibly could be. Since I’m not a big fish at Berkely, I decided to spend my advance to promote the book, and by the grace of God and author M.J. Rose, I discovered the AMAZING Brenda Novak and her fabulous auction to raise money for diabetes research.
I rolled the dice and won a lot of things for the book including this luscious PINK! website from Cyndi at OfficeTo-Go.com. You’ll read about my treasure trove in the coming months, but HONESTLY, if you’re a writer, you OWE it to yourself to put big sticky notes all over your computer to remind you that the entire month of May should be dedicated to brendanovak.auctionanything.com.
It goes without saying I also owe a lot to my parents, who are normal and wonderful, which really sucks if you’re a writer. For some reason the world thinks if you come from a messed up family, you’re much more interesting. Oh well. I am so grateful to my mom for letting me hang out at her beauty salon so that I could see the wisdom of hair in action and meet such wonderful women.
Lastly, I’m thankful for my sweet husband who doesn’t really get this whole women’s fiction thing but is happy to let me do my thing and cheers me on every chance he gets. And my children, wonderful creatives in their own right, in big shouty capital letters, THANKS! I LOVE YOU ALL!