Bee excerpt Sunday, Aug 12 2007 

Kissing the Bee is just about. . . in stores. . . right now, so here is a taste.

For me, there is nothing so satisfying to write about than a trio of characters, that push-me-pull-you tension between three people, where alliances shift, closeness ebbs or rises, a hierarchy develops (and shatters) (or not), and so on. It’s an elastic configuration where just about anything can happen, and Kissing the Bee is pure triangle.

What I also loved about this book was the chance to write a character like Dana, who is level-headed, wry, funny, smart, deep-hearted — and at the same time so in hiding from what she wants, what she needs, and what she knows is going to happen, that the inevitable burstings-forth are like a fountain in the sun: sparkling, unexpected, pure flash and pleasure. Quite a kid. I love her a lot.


Make it new Wednesday, Aug 1 2007 

Now that Kissing the Bee is about to be released, it’s come back to the forefront of my mind, and become new again. A book is newest, of course, when it’s in the process of being written; these days, when people ask me, “How’s the new book going?” they mean Kissing the Bee, but I think of the book I’m writing (which is so new I’m not even talking about it yet), and my answer is “Good!” Which works for both.

But there’s a third, too, called Headlong, that will come out just about a year from now. So that book is no longer “new” — it’s written, my editor loves it, the copy editor has already had at it (and thank god for that, though that’s another post: The Copy Editor, or, I’m So Glad You Caught That!) — and I won’t see it again for awhile. So, does that mean I have three “new” books? (And Talk will be coming out in paperback from Square Fish this winter: four new books!)

Seeing Kissing the Bee just about to arrive in the world, reading the first reviews, setting up events: now it’s official, it’s taking wing, gone from my hand and into yours. To you, it’s brand-new: and my part is to wait and see what you have to say about what I’ve done, what Dana and Avra and Emil will say to you, mean to you, become to you, as you read about them. Which will make it new, in a totally different way, to me.