Wendy Wax News
For a lot of years my New Year’s resolution has been to ‘get a life,’ something ONE GOOD THING’s Madeline Singer can relate to. This desire stems from our now-empty nest and the feeling that I’m spending too much time creating lives for my fictional characters and not enough experiencing my own.
Lately, I’ve been trying to keep that resolution. Last January we moved up to New York to try out big city living. It was a grand adventure that made me fall in love with New York in a whole new way. But to live there full time in the style to which I’d like to become accustomed, will require a movie or TV deal or a couple hundred thousand more copies to fly off the shelves. I’m working on all of those things, but in the meantime I’ll have to settle for frequent visits.
I did learn a few things during our months in Manhattan. I learned that we don’t need all the square footage we’re used to. Or all the things with which we fill it. I’ve also come to believe that driving is highly overrated while walking as a part of daily life and not simply for exercise is awesome. I also discovered that as much as I love the beach (and intend to keep writing novels that can be enjoyed there) an urban setting also gets creative juices flowing.
So the discarding and choosing and packing have begun. (I don’t really need all those high school yearbooks and photos of my old boyfriends, right?) Like Claire Walker in my novel WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY, I’m leaving the suburbs and moving to what Atlantans refer to as ITP (inside the perimeter.) Our 37th floor condo is currently being renovated, thereby confirming my suspicion that renovation can be more fun to write about than live through. We expect to be in our new home in early February.
Once we get there I hope to make new friends and pursue the interests it’s been difficult to make time for. I also plan to write many more beach reads at my brand new sit-to-stand desk in the smaller office with the entirely different view.
I’ll keep you posted on how my ‘new’ life goes. I’d love to hear your New Year’s resolution and how 2017 is treating you so far.
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Clichés to the contrary, we do judge books by their covers. Recently, I found myself wondering whether anyone ever decided not to read a book because they didn’t like the way the author looked. (As if we writers aren’t insecure enough!)
My first author photo was more of a ‘glamour’ shot. In the next I looked like the ‘mom’ I was (and still am.) I love my most recent photo but I’ve been using it for a while, and I’ve started to worry that when I show up for a book event no one will recognize me. (Unfortunately, professional hair, makeup, and airbrushing aren’t a part of my daily routine.
The Beach Beckons
Given what I write, a more casual photo felt like a good idea. A beach photo felt even better. It didn’t take me long to choose St. Pete Beach, where I grew up and where a number of my Ten Beach Road novels are set. Life intervened. Years went by. Then my editor told me that if I wanted a new photo on the cover of my April novel,
One Good Thing, I’d better get on it.
If there’s anything a writer understands it’s a deadline. So, I found a photographer, scheduled the shoot, and drove down to Florida watching my weather app for eight plus hours and trying not to panic. The day we decided not to shoot was gorgeous. The day we chose was not.
Nonetheless, the makeup artist arrived at 6:00am. We were on location in time for a 7:25am sunrise that was a little short on sun. Despite dark clouds and several small but determined rain showers the photo shoot went on. (You can see the shoot slideshow below.)
I Couldn’t Decide
The crazy thing is, I liked so many of the photos that I had a hard time choosing which one to put on the cover. I asked for help and well over a thousand people responded.
The vote was extremely close, but this is the photo that will appear on the cover!
Thanks to everyone who helped me choose a new author photo for the cover of my next Ten Beach Road novel, One Good Thing! Congrats to advance reading copy winners Linda Bradigan, Esther Somorai, Kathy Sim, Renee Bastian, Stephen Wagner, Michelle Haxton, Stacy Berndt, Liza O’Neal, Marie Simmons and Evelina Ho.
Your advance reading copy of One Good Thing will be sent out soon!
The Winning Photo!
Photo Shoot Slideshow
(Click on a photo for the full slideshow experience!)