The fun thing about having a new book out (Lockdown was released this month) is that I get to pretend to be famous for a little while. I've been very fortunate that Lockdown has garnered some positive press in the past few weeks. Today an interview with me was posted on LDS Bookcorner, which is mostly a get-to-know-you kind of interview. I even admit what kind of music I listen to when I have control of the radio.
Besides this recent interview, I also found out that Lockdown has been reviewed by Deseret News (a duplication of a review in The Mormon Times), the Association of Mormon Letters, and Meridian Magazine. I was even featured in an article in my dad's home town newspaper (The Verde Independent.) I know for a big-name author, this might not seem like a lot, but for me it's pretty exciting. Normally, the only time I get this much attention is when I'm fixing dinner and all of my kids are starving (or so they say.)
In addition to the interview and articles, Davis Bigalow recently honored me with an award called the “Premio Symbelmine” which means "Sublime Award". So thanks Davis!
I'm supposed to pass this award on to seven other blogs that I feel deserve "sublime" status so, in no particular order, here it goes:
Stephanie Humphrey's Write Bravely - Stephanie has a wonderful way of looking at things and so often she gives encouragement with her gift of words without even realizing what a talent she has.
Kersten Campbell's Life on the Funny Farm - Kersten's book Confessions of a Completely (In)Sane Mother was released recently as is gaining some great reviews.
The Dashner Dude (aka James Dashner) - How could I not mention James? Besides the fact that his second 13th Reality book is out (which yes, my daughter Christina says I have to get an autographed copy for her), he cracks me up. Check out his blog and you can't help but be entertained. I'd add that he's a talented writer too, but that might go to his head.
Twas Brillig - Another blogger with a fabulous way of stringing words together to evoke emotion and bring life into focus.
Scattered Jules - I met Julie Wright last summer at Booksellers in Sandy, Utah and found out first hand what a fun person she is. She not only has a great way of looking at life, but she also has a way of making people face their own vulnerabilities and learn how to laugh at them.
My Paige - Michele Paige Holmes is a very talented writer and I'm hoping she'll get to sleep soon (her newest addition is still denying her that luxury) so she can produce another novel that will keep me turning pages late into the night like her Whitney Award winning book, Counting Stars.
And last but not least, Mamablogga -Jordan's blog helps me keep life in perspective. After all, the most important job I'll ever have is that of a mother. This blog reminds me that even when I'm pretending to be famous, I'll always just be the keeper of the bandaids and the finder of clean socks.