I spent a lot of time on the road promoting the hardcover of The Lost Diary of Don Juan in the U.S. and in Europe -- readers of the blog may remember the crazy heckler who interrupted the 100-person talk in New York City ("Ah," I said, looking out at the mortified hometown crowd, "it's good to be home,") or the one woman who turned up in Madison, Wisconsin, or the all night dance vigil in the disco in Madrid after missing my flight.
So it is nice to be able to stay home with Rachel and my children as I embark on a Virtual Book Tour (also called a Blog Tour) over the next two months. The calendar for September is below, but please check back for updates, changes, and the Tour schedule for October.
If all goes according to plan, I will be coming to a blog near you. I doubt it will be as fun as looking into the eyes of a reader and hearing what they thought of the book. (Is there anything more amazing than hearing that some assortment of words from one's mind has made a lasting impression on the heart of another person? OK, so sex is probably more amazing, as is kissing your child goodnight.)
Which is why, while I'll miss meeting readers on the road, I am glad that I'm going to be staying close to home. If you do come across interviews or guest posts on blogs in the cyberworld, please do let me know. I'd love to hear from you, even if we can't look each other in the eyes quite yet.
And last but not least, many thanks to Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book for all her tireless efforts in choreographing my Virtual Book Tour!
To celebrate the paperback publication of “The Lost Diary of Don Juan,” I gave two book readings in the San Francisco Bay area on Monday, July 7, 2008. One at Book Passage in Corte Madera and one at Capitola Book Cafe in Capitola. I couldn't believe the number of people that came out to celebrate the publication of the paperback and to hear me speak about what I've learned about publishing fiction (and how to get it published in 30 languages!).
I also told new stories from my adventures in Europe, more of Don Juan's secrets, and (very exciting for me!) my adventures in movieland - the movie rights were just bought last month!
In addition to celebrating the paperback, I've finished my newest book and sent it off to the publisher. I'm working on revisions now, and it will hopefully be out in the Fall of 2009.
August is going to be a bit of a break from writing for me as I will be going on a cruise to celebrate my in-laws anniversary and taking a rafting trip with my 13 year old son, Jesse, on the Colorado River. Then, it'll be back to the grindstone to finish up revisions my newest book.
Recently I (and a number of other writers including Vargas Llosa, Saramago, Ken Follet, PD James, etc.) were asked by the students at a high school outside of Sevilla a simple but important question: Why read?
In an age of blinding and deafening media noise, it is vital to find a satisfactory response. I see how my own twelve-year-old son is bombarded daily, and so I was trying to address a question that many young people ask, but no doubt many adults must also answer in their own lives.
Recently I was visiting my parents-in-law with my children in the Midwest, and I discovered something about myself that I don't like to admit. The occasion for this revelation was the decision to go water skiing with my father-in-law, Don, and twelve-year-old son, Jesse. I have not gone water skiing in years, but I used to love it and be pretty good at it.
(clue #1 to what's wrong with men).
I decided to slalom (start with one ski) since that was what I used to
do. After crashing and burning (or rather crashing and drowning)
several times without getting up and having the handle wrenched out of
my hand, I decided to humble myself and try two skis. At last I was
able to get up and started to really enjoy zipping back and forth
across the wake. My son was cheering and I was enjoying his pride in