Introducing “Life in Spades”

Every mother probably has experienced that nervousness of finally, after 9 long, growing, worrisome months, seeing her baby to be and introducing her to the world.  Even with the latest and greatest 3-D ultrasound imaging, we still wonder “what exactly will she look like?” And although we think he’s going to be a great kid, we agonize over whether everybody else will like him or will he get bullied on the playground? Will she get voted Homecoming Queen or be the top student in science class? We wonder, we worry. And we kinda close our eyes real tight and hold our breathe until the first person – friend or stranger – peeks into the bassinet and remarks “what a cute baby you’ve got there.”

So it is with being a new author releasing a debut novel. After writing and typing and editing and re-writing and re-editing for many months (years), a gestation period much like that of an elephant (or two), we finally close our eyes, push the final pages out onto the bookshelf, and see what happens.

I mailed out my first round of orders for Life in Spades today and tomorrow will host my first book sale and signing. And then it will be out there, in the pubic eye for public scrutiny. And I expect the critiques, both the good and the bad.  I’m waiting anxiously to see where the sales numbers go.  I look forward to my first book club discussion and hearing what people think of it. I’ll be scanning Amazon and Goodreads and book blogs for a review. No, I’m not waiting for Oprah’s call (dreams are nice, but let’s stay focused).

The past few weeks have been busy and I’ve slept little (even less than usual) in my multiple roles of author, second editor, publisher, marketer, social marketer, accountant, general project manager. Being an independent writer means it’s all on you – the good, the bad, the tiring.  But its been a unique journey, and one that, as a whole, I don’t regret. Not yet anyway.

My book is now available, on Amazon and here on my website, in paperback and Kindle. (Nook is coming.) I’m holding my breathe while I wait to hear somebody, friend or stranger, say “my what a great book you’ve got there.”


By |April 27th, 2013|Writing|Comments Off on Introducing “Life in Spades”

“If there’s a book that you want to read…”

There are many books already written that I’ve fully enjoyed reading; Song of Solomon and Hundred Secret Senses are two that I will name and perhaps no-one will disagree (actually, I’m sure someone will, but that’s okay).  There are many books that I did not enjoy so much which I will not name, perhaps you enjoyed them and I do not want to ruin your opinion of your favorites.  But in between those volumes, I have always felt there was room for more.  Room for another collection of imagination.  Room for another story to be told.

Toni Morrison, one of my favorite authors, is quoted as saying, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Thus, I was inspired to begin my endeavor to create another volume and add another voice.  I’ve spent many long hours with four new friends, getting their stories in ink.  They’ve hung out with me long after everyone else has gone to bed, shared many drinks and lots of potato chips.  They’ve hung over my shoulder with their comments, dealt cards to help me think, and ran behind me to tell me what they didn’t like (which was mostly the running).   For now, they are primping and putting on the final touches.  Soon, they will wander out into the world.

Follow us here on my blog, on FaceBook – Author Frances Frost, or on Twitter @FrancesFrost and be ready to meet Gina, Cookie, Laura, and Sherry this summer.

By |February 13th, 2013|Writing|Comments Off on “If there’s a book that you want to read…”