Thursday, September 25, 2008

This Time Last Year...

The new season of Grey's Anatomy premiered tonight. I luvvvve Patrick Dempsey. Passionately. Sigh... Anyway, last year, I watched the premiere with my cousin Jen. In the early minutes of the show, I got "The Call" from my former agent, telling me that Sourcebooks wanted "Line of Scrimmage." The season premiere of Grey's Anatomy is forever tied to my call story, as is my "baby" cousin Jen. We weren't able to watch the show together tonight. I can't say I blame her for having other plans since I kind of screwed up our viewing last year with all my whooping and hollering. We ended up watching the show on TiVO a week later.

The next ten months went by reallllly slowly. Sure, a lot was happening. Copy editing and galley proofs and cover art and promotion strategies. On August 20, I returned home from vacation to find my author copies on the font porch. Since then I feel like I've been on a tilt-a-whirl. Parties and signings and interviews (newspaper and radio). The best part, without a doubt, has been sharing the excitement with my family and friends.

Next spring will bring the launch of "Same Time Sunday," a book I'm so excited about. This was the third book I wrote, and the only one that kept me up late on a Sunday night writing the end, only to drag me out of bed twice more until I finally gave up and finished it at 5 a.m. I love the ending of that book, and I hope readers will, too. We're also talking about what'll come next after STS. These are exciting times.

One year ago right now, it hadn't happened yet. What a difference one phone call can make.

4 comments:

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Marie,

September was a "good" month to get The Call! :-)

I tried to watch the premiere of Grey's last night and I also kept getting interrupted by phone calls. Unfortunately NONE were book offers...

AC

flchen1 said...

That's too cool! Thanks for sharing, Marie! Can't wait for this next book to hit the shelves! :)

Marie Force said...

Hi Cindy,
Yes, September has been a very good month for me! The premiere of Gray's was nothing to write home about, so you didn't miss anything. That show is no longer on my must-see list. :-(

Marie Force said...

Thanks, Fedora! I'm looking forward to Same Time Sunday, ten years after I had the idea and three years after I finished it. Whoo hoo!