Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Well. It's finally here. Today is the official release day of my new novel, BONE GAP.

I named my blog "Anger Management" as a bit of a joke, because I find anger so energizing, so motivating—why would I ever want to "manage" it? Anger is what prompts me to write. But anger didn't motivate me to wrote BONE GAP.  I wrote it because I was tired of being angry. I wrote it to find my way back to what I love to do.

BONE GAP is a fairy tale because I adore fairy tales, a dark and creepy one because life is like that.  And it's full of horses and goats and dogs and kittens and bees because why the hell not? And magic, too, because we could all use a little more of it.

It's the story of a boy who witnesses the kidnapping of a beautiful woman by a terrifying man whose face he cannot remember. And it's a love story.  It's also reminder that our perceptions of other people are always limited, and the whole truth of another person is a beautiful mystery.

Putting a book into the world, letting go of it, is bittersweet, even anticlimactic. You work so hard for so long, and then, suddenly, there's nothing left for you to do. People will bring themselves to your book, and they will love it, or they will not. Some goofy jerk will write another article about how stupid YA is, everyone will start reading vampire books again, Jonathan Franzen will give another horrifying interview and the planet will be sucked into the giant black hole of his ego and none of it is in your control anyway.

But for today, maybe just for this minute, I'm happy. And for any Hamline folks reading this—you helped get me here, whether you know it or not.

Isn't it pretty?