Posts tagged “andy weir

Hello from the other side

Posted on February 15, 2017

When Chicago Review Press purchased The General’s Niece in mid-2015, I really intended to take you with me down the path toward publication. It was not long before I realized that this first-timer’s intentions did not mesh well with the reality of delivering said book to my editor by June 2016.

Let’s just say things were moving a little fast.


And there were moments where I was feeling a bit like Mark Watney in The Martian.

So I decided that something (this blog) had to give, at least until I got through revisions and edits.

Which I have done.

Yesterday my editor told me I could have a hard copy of my book (!!!) in my hands in about a month. In another three months, some of you could be holding – and I hope reading and enjoying — that same book too.

I can’t wait for you to meet General Charles de Gaulle’s niece, Geneviève, and I hope that you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have for the past couple of years. In the meantime, I look forward to getting to know you, answering any questions you may have for me (never hesitate to leave them in comments or send them via my contact page), and finally sharing with you the story of a truly formidable and inspirational woman.

The Martian

Posted on November 3, 2015

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Confession: Lately, I’ve been thinking about Mars.

Part of the reason I’ve been thinking about Mars is because my daughter, her best friend and I played hooky from school and work on a recent Monday and went to go see Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.”

Don’t tell on us, please.

I hate to spoil this for anyone who has not seen the flick, but this is not about a real live actual extraterrestrial being. “The Martian,” which is based on the novel by Andy Weir, is about a really resourceful and funny American astronaut named Mark Watney who has to figure out how to survive after his cohorts leave him for dead on the Red Planet.

Do not judge them. In the midst of a bad situation, they actually thought Watney was dead.

So the other reason I’ve been thinking about Mars is because I have moments when I think that this astronaut’s experience is sort of (kind of) similar to that of a first-time author. You find yourself in new and challenging circumstances, but you have to calm down (no, really…CALM DOWN) and focus on the situation day by day using all the resources and skills and knowledge that you have in order to reach the finish line.

Some days are encouraging, exciting, inspiring.

Some days you blow things up trying to make water and wonder whether you’re fit to make it. (Don’t get me started…)

But in the face of those setbacks, there is always tomorrow if you haven’t messed up too terribly badly. So you adjust. You go forward. You do your best.

And so it goes.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you found yourself in Watney-esque circumstances? If so, what happened and what steps did you take to survive and thrive? Also (and I have to ask): What was your soundtrack? Watney’s was disco, much to his chagrin. Mine is Duran Duran’sPaper Gods.” Yours? Let me know in comments.