Happy Friday, All!!
First and foremost, the winning name for Nancy Parra's drawing has been chosen. And that person is (drumroll)...Terry!! Congrats! Please email me with your mailing address (MarilynBrant AT Gmail DOT Com) and I'll pass it along to Nancy so she can send you her cool prize.
In far less pleasant news, I was incredibly saddened to hear of Erick Segal's death this week. I first read Love Story in high school (and then again several times in later years), laughed then sobbed through the film and wished more writers had his ability to create characters as memorable as Jenny and Oliver... To write dialogue that was, by turns, so funny and so heartbreaking.
The Washington Post has a thoughtful article on Segal and the story behind the story. And while I never bought into the line that "love means never having to say you're sorry," I think the high-brow literary critics who dismissed this screenplay/book and its author missed the mark. Big time. Anyone here also read or watch Love Story? If so, what did you think? (And, no, I won't pitch soggy Kleenex tissues at you if you say you hated it! But I would want to know why...)
Since it's "Friday," today's probably a good day to officially announce this: You may have noticed there's been a slight title change to the book at the right. Fridays at Nine, my second novel, slated for release this fall, will now be called Friday Mornings at Nine. Because being specific is a good thing in the writing world. Well, we hope so, anyway! It was a recent publisher decision and, as we get closer to seeing a cover, I'm looking forward to discovering the artistic choices the design team has made as far as images and font and color. I loved the way According to Jane turned out and have my fingers crossed for this one, too.
Nancy, thanks again for visiting this week--it's so fun when friends stop by! And for the next two weeks I know I'll get that same pleasure because I have two more friends popping over for great Q&As and book giveaways--Susan McBride and Laura Moore!! I must say, 2010 has been off to a wonderful start with new releases... My TBR pile is towering ;). What are some of the books you're looking forward to reading this year??